April 19, 2014

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In Jamaica we use everything for food! Every part of an animal and every fruit and vegetable that grows on the island. Unlike ripe yellow bananas, boiled green bananas are not sweet. They’re starchy and eaten as a side dish similar to potatoes. I like to cook green bananas  in the skin, mainly because the skins are difficult to remove otherwise. Look for green bananas at your supermarket or West Indian grocer.

We Jamaicans love our dumplings whether they’re fried or boiled. The recipe for boiled dumplings is so simple it’s scary. Some people like to add cornmeal to their dough for a stiffer dumpling, but I prefer this recipe. To save time (and pots), in the video I boil them with the bananas, but they can also be boiled on their own.

Boiled Green Bananas

1. Cut off both ends of each banana
2. Score the skin by cutting a straight from top to bottom.
3. Place the bananas in boiling salted water and cook for 15 minutes
4. Use a fork to remove (they will slip off), and discard skins
5. Add 1 tsp of lemon juice to the water (this will prevent the bananas from turning brown)
6. Boil the bananas for 20 more minutes or until tender


Boiled Dumplings

1 cup flour
1/3 cup cold water
1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix dry ingredients together
2. Add cold water and knead into dough
3. Divide dough in to 5 portions and shape
6. Boil in hot water for 20 minutes or until tender

Makes 5 medium dumplings


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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.



  • Reply
    November 2, 2012

    I wanted to thank you or showing me how to make dumplings in such a quick and easy way. Its been chilly here in Ma. so soup is on my menu and those dumplings are such a treat inside of my soup I and my family love it ! Thanks

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    February 9, 2013

    Hi Fay,

    Can I use all purpose flour to make the dumpling, or do I have to use another type of flour?
    How long do I needto knead the dough? You said in one of your videos, that there is an art to it.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 10, 2013

      Hi Stephanie,
      Yes, I use all-purpose flour. You should know this is a very unsophisticated dish. Just knead the dough until its smooth. I just being cheeky when I said there’s an art to forming the dumplings. You really can’t go wrong. Blessings, Fay

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    July 14, 2013

    Dear M.Fay,

    just to thank you for these great recipes. It will surely bring a fresh wind of varieta into my cooking and home. Also, i love the way you use practical ways in cooking, eg- the boiling of banana and dumplings, and the tin for preparing the gravy sauce…you are exceptional… Are you a Teacher ? cos you sure have the talent, i must say…

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      July 14, 2013

      forgot to ask, are these green bananas or green plantain?

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    Denis White
    February 24, 2014

    Hi, Fay, I enjoy watching you cook. I tried my hand at your boiled dumplings. Mine were on the tough side. What suggestion do you have to make them more tinder? Thks. Keep those recipes coming!

  • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
    Cook Like A Jamaican
    March 2, 2014

    Hi Denis,
    Thank you for your question. I think you may have kneaded them too much or you didn’t use enough water… or both. Blessings, Fay

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    March 16, 2014

    Hi Fay, Thanks for your recipes they are wonderful and make me remember my mother.

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