How to make Jamaican Festival (Fried Dumplings)

Classic Bakes Editorial Team
Published Date
Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Recipe Type
Jamaican Festival

If you ever have the pleasure of eating Jamaican food, you must try their Fried Dumplings also known as Festival. It is an excellent snack on its own but also goes great alongside any of your favorite jerked meats. The recipe uses a sweet cornmeal dough that is fried until golden brown. These delightfully sweet nuggets are the perfect snack for dipping into your favorite homemade jerk sauce or garlic sauce. Try this recipe with your next Jamaican grill up for a lip smacking good time. 

Instructions 0%
  1. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients flour, cornmeal, kaking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients milk and essence.
  3. To the dry mix, incorporate the butter by mixing it with your hands until the butter has been completely blended into the dry mix.
  4. Add the wet mixture and again using your hands combining all the ingredients thoroughly and forming into a large ball.
  5. Place a damp towel over the top of the bowl and place in a cool place to rest undisturbed for at least 15 minutes.
  6. While the dough is resting, prepare a cooling with either a drying rack or a tray with paper towels. This is where you will place the dumplings after removing them from the hot oil.
  7. Prepare your frying oil in a heavy deep saucepan or fryer at 375 C/190 F. If the temperature is too hot, it will burn the outside and the inside will be raw. If the temperature is too low, the dumpling will cook too slowly, absorb the oil and taste funny.
  8. Take the ball of dough and shape into dumplings. The shapes and sizes can be up to you as long as there is enough for 6 people to eat. If you like bite sized snacks, we suggest making them into thumb sized shapes. However, some people prefer larger sausage sized shapes. Have fun and be creative.
  9. Once you have shaped all your pieces, place them into the hot oil in batches according to the size of your frying pan or fryer. Allow to fry for about 5 minutes or until the outside is golden brown in colour.
  10. Remove from the hot oil onto the cooling station until you finish frying them all.
  11. Serve on a tray with dipping sauces or as a side dish to your meal.

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