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Jamaican Festival (Caribbean Dumpling)

Jamaican Festival (Caribbean Dumpling)

Jamaican festivals aka Caribbean Fried Dumpling, paired with a creamy mango coleslaw and Jamaican Escovitch.
Course Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Immaculate Bites


Jamaican Festival

  • 2 1/4 cups (270grams) flour
  • 3/4 cup (120grams) cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons (12grams) baking powder
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoons (2.5 -4 grams) salt
  • 3 tablespoons (40 grams) or more sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons (30-45grams) soft butter
  • 1 cup (240 ML)milk or water adjust water to form soft dough
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) grated nutmeg spice or vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-frying

Mango Coleslaw

  • 1 cup purple cabbage sliced
  • 4 cups cabbage sliced
  • 2 cups mango thinly sliced
  • ½ medium onion thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cups carrots thinly sliced


  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • ¼ tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup Non Fat Greek yogurt
  • ½- cup Low Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1- teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½-1 teaspoon sriracha


Mango Coleslaw

  • In a large bowl combine the onions, cabbage, purple and green, sliced mango , carrots and red bell pepper.
  • In another bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and honey; mix to blend all the flavors. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently to mix .Adjust for seasoning salt and pepper.
  • You may chill at this point. Serve when ready
  • Caribbean Dumplings Instructions
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour,baking powder, cornmeal, sugar, nutmeg and salt.Then add butter.
  • Make a well , add milk, knead dough for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to form soft dough.
  • Divide dough into 12 -14 equal pieces. Set aside for about 10 mins or more
  • If making festivals shape dough like you would a sausage, by rolling with your hands, as if you are making a log repeat the process until finish
  • If making dumplings, shape into biscuits and then lightly flatten dough.
  • Divide the circles in half and then place a slit on dough.
  • In a large, saucepan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
  • Fry until golden brown about 7 minutes or more depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin. Let it cool.