It’s come to my attention that fried dumplings isn’t as common as I thought! So I’d like to share how I make it.
In the Caribbean, dumplings are traditionally made to go along with stews and curries. It’s a basic recipe really, flour, water or coconut milk and salt to taste.
My brother-in-law actually showed me how to make fried dumplings and that’s the way I’ve eaten them ever since!
It’s a lot more flavorful than plain dumplings and just smelling it makes my mouth water 😂😂 So here’s what I do, start with a basic recipe for ‘Cow Tongue’ Dumplings
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- pinch of sugar
- 3/4 cup warm water or coconut milk
- Mix the dry ingredients together and add water, knead the ingredients to make a firm dough, cover and let rest for 15 mins.
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add some salt.
- Shape and add the dumplings to boiling water for about 10-15 mins, they will float to the top when done.
4. Drain the dumplings. At this point you can eat the dumplings with your favorite stews or curries or smoked herring and saltfish dishes 😋😋😋
But we’re adding some extra oomph!
- Slice 1 small onion
- Mince 3 cloves garlic
- Chop a small handful of cilantro (or shadow benny/ bandania )
- Mince a couple pimento peppers (or you can use Bertie’s Pimento Sauce )
- Half or a whole hot pepper (if you’re brave 😁)
- Golden Ray
- Oil (I like to use avocado, but you can use whichever you like)
- Salt to taste
- Heat a couple of tbsps of oil and about 1 or 2 tbsps of golden Ray in a large frying pan.
- Add the onions, garlic, cilantro, pimento, hot pepper and some salt.
- Let it cook and then add the boiled dumplings and toss to coat and let it fry for a few mins.
- Add your favorite sides and enjoy!!!
Here’s a simple but delicious pholourie recipe, whenever i feel homesick, this is my go to snack 🙂
- 6 cups flour
- 2 cups split peas powder
- 2 packs yeast
- 2 tsps salt (or to taste)
- 2 tsps saffron powder
- 4 tsps minced bandania (or cilantro)
- 2 tsps minced garlic
- minced hot pepper (to taste)
- warm water
- vegetable or canola oil for frying
1. Mix the first 8 ingredients together and add the warm water until you get a semi firm dough
2.Then cup your hand and beat air into the dough
3. Let rest for 30 mins
4. Heat about 1 inch of oil over medium high heat
5. Drop rounded dough by the tbsp into oil and fry until golden
6. Serve with all your favorite condiments, tamarind sauce, mango chutney and pepper sauce.
TIP : Its much easier to use a small to medium cookie scoop to form the pholourie into round balls
If you love melt in your mouth butter cookies you need to try these! It’s a softer batter so you can pipe easily with it. This is one of my childhood faves ❤️❤️
Do yourself a favor and make a double batch, trust me 😂😋😋
- 9 oz butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- Rainbow sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F, line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place butter in stand mixer (or you can use a hand mixer) and mix until creamy.
- Add sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing for 12 mins until it becomes white and creamy.
- Using a spatula mix (sifted) flour into the mixture until completely combined.
- Put batter into a piping bag with a star tip (1/2″ to 1cm)
- Form cookies on the prepared sheets, sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles.
6. Bake for 12 mins or until the base turns light brown.
7. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
Hey all! We experimented with crepes this morning because we’re getting bored with scrambled eggs. It was easy and pretty quick to throw together. I paired it with a fresh mixed berry compote and all was well at the breakfast table again 😂😋😋
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsps sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
3 tbsps butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups milk
1. Put all ingredients in a blender for about 30 secs until smooth and bubbles appear on top
2. Let the batter sit for about 15 mins, then warm a 12″ pan over medium/low heat.
3. Add a little butter to the pan and pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and swirl till it reaches the edges
4. Cook for 2-3 mins then gently flip and cook for another minute.
5. Roll the crepe onto a plate and serve with your favorite toppings.
We had a lot of berries so we made a mixed berry compote.
Here we have my favorite Indian sweet with a Caribbean twist, goolab jamoon. The fragrant, rich dough is heavenly. It’s the second sweet that I learned make from my mama *grandmother*. Now I’ve visited a couple Indian restaurants in the US and whenever I order the goolab jamoon I get something totally different! It’s these round balls soaked in syrup. Which leads me to believe that the recipe must have changed on its way to the Caribbean from India.
Nevertheless both are deliciously sweet and I can easily eat them all in one sitting 😂😂
1 cup butter
4 cups flour
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup oil for frying
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
4 cups water
1. Rub butter into the flour, cardamom and powdered milk until crumbly
2. Add the other milks to the flour and knead lightly to combine. * Or use a food processor with dough blade*
3. Form almond shapes about 2 inches long and deep fry until golden brown
4. Boil sugar, ginger and water to a thick syrup (it should spin a thread when the spoon is raised)
5. Pour syrup over the fried goolab jamoon and stir continuously until the sugar crystallizes .
SOOOO… no dessert?! what to do? Chocolate cake in the microwave in less than five minutes and minimal clean up?!? What?!? YES PLEASE PASS IT OVER HERE!
I stumbled across this recipe from A Table for Two and I just had to try it as the chocolate cravings were stabbing me in head! You have to try this! Mix it up, add more stuff, I used chocolate and peanut butter chips!
- 1/4 cup AP flour
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp white sugar (I added an extra tsp)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp hazelnut chocolate spread
- Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Mix in oil and milk until batter is smooth with no lumps
- Pour into a microwave safe mug with enough space for the cake to rise without pouring over
- Drop chocolate spread or chips or whatever floats your boat in the middle, no need to push it down.
- Put a paper towel in the microwave and place mug on top of paper. Microwave on high for 70 seconds.
And that’s it folks! Warm, moist chocolate cake in under 5 mins! Your tummy will thank you! 😀