Trini Dumplings Recipe

Front shot of Hot Trini Dumplings in a plate
Trinidad Dumplings in a white bowl
Close up shot of Trinidad Dumplings in a bowl
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Dumplings are a term given to a broad spectrum of foods made of a dough with some flour mixture, salt, and water that may or may not have a filling. In Trinidad & Tobago, our dumplings are the unfilled versions made with wheat flour, salt, and water. We have two general shapes of dumplings that differ depending on the dish or the dumpling maker’s preference. Trini Dumplings traditionally found in soups and stews are either shaped by rolling the dough into snakes and cutting them into 1-inch pieces or by using your hands to create finger-length pieces with tapered ends that look like a stretched out Rugby Ball. The other style of Trini dumpling can be found in dishes like Curry Crab and Dumplings or Salt fish and Dumplings. These are made with the same dough but shaped into flat round disks of various sizes. We will give you the dough in this recipe, but the rest is up to you, so have fun and enjoy! (Note - Nutritional Facts are calculated for the entire recipe, not each dumpling)

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.1 (20 votes)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins



Sift together using a fine mesh strainer, the flour, salt, and sugar into a large bowl to evenly disperse the flour.
Flour being sifted into a glass bowl
Slowly add your liquid while kneading until it starts to come away from the sides of the bowl and become dough.
Water being poured into flour in a glass bowl
Empty the bowl onto a clean work surface and knead all the ingredients together to form a dough ball.
Dough being kneaded on a countertop
Knead for 10 minutes then set aside, cover, and allow it to rest for another 10 minutes. Shape the dough into your desired shape.
A cover being placed onto a a glass bowl of resting dough
Place into your soup, stew, or pot of boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes or until it has a firm springy texture.
Trini Dumplings being boiled in a pot of water on the stovetop
Serve with your dish or remove from the boiling water, strain and serve according to your dish and enjoy.
Sideview of a dish of cooked Trini dumplings with a wooden spoon
NOTE - Coconut milk will add sweetness and coconut flavoring to the dumpling

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