Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe & video)

Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings

Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. Chopped pieces of corn on the cob are often included, however in the variation I prepared below I have left them out. Feel free to add them back in though if you want the added texture :)

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Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings
(adapted from a recipe in the Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook)

1 14-oz tin cream style corn
1/2 cup chopped green onion or chive
1 carrot, diced finely
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp margarine
3 cups milk

Cornmeal Dumplings:

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup – 1 cup water

1. Melt margarine, cook onions .

2. Add corn and vegetable stock.

3. Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat
4. Prepare dumplings in a separate bowl by combining flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and water. Dough should be soft enough to be dropped from a spoon.

4. Add milk, carrots, salt and pepper.
5. Bring to a boil
6. Drop in dumplings

7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

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  • mary

    hmmn …. making this to sell this coming weekend… yum yum looks delicious….

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  • redsheep

    I am so going to make this. But I will try fresh creamed corn since it grows year round in Hawai'i. YUM!

  • redsheep

    I am so going to make this. But I will try fresh creamed corn since it grows year round in Hawai'i. YUM!

  • AnnaLee

    We have been in Trinidad for almost a year, and I have not tried this soup yet, but always wondered when I saw it listed on the menus…now I gotta try it. Love your site :)

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      Thanks AnnaLee! Sorry for not catching this comment earlier :(

  • AnnaLee

    We have been in Trinidad for almost a year, and I have not tried this soup yet, but always wondered when I saw it listed on the menus…now I gotta try it. Love your site :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ragoonanan Simon Ragoonanan

    Anyone used Polenta instead of cornmeal? Former more common in Europe, but both made from corn.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Simon, polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender or food processor, but after that is done it can be used in place of cornmeal :) Best Wishes!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ragoonanan Simon Ragoonanan

        Great – thanks Sarina,
        Simon

      • http://www.facebook.com/ragoonanan Simon Ragoonanan

        Great – thanks Sarina,
        Simon

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Simon, polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender or food processor, but after that is done it can be used in place of cornmeal :) Best Wishes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ragoonanan Simon Ragoonanan

    Anyone used Polenta instead of cornmeal? Former more common in Europe, but both made from corn.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Simon, polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender or food processor, but after that is done it can be used in place of cornmeal :) Best Wishes!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ragoonanan Simon Ragoonanan

        Great – thanks Sarina,
        Simon

  • http://info@angelsacademy.com kate

    My mum in law’s corn soup (still a tradition in our house)uses fresh grated corn as well as pieces of corn, and is seasoned with fresh green seasoning, onions, garlic, pimentos and hot pepper (optional)plus pumpkin and pigtail (for non vegetarians!). Sometimes she would add a little fresh ginger.
    takes a little longer than using canned corn, ‘tho!

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      That sounds amazing Kate! :) I especially love the addition of the ginger. I’m sure that added an extra kick to the final result :)

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... cynthia

    itried your corn soup everyone loved it thanks for a beautiful recipie

    • http://www.SarinaNow.com Sarina

      Thanks so much Cynthia! I’m really glad to hear that :)

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Querino de Freitas

    Sorry, I didn'”t get this… had cornmeal dumplins in Trinidad, but was always steamed and with a sauce…I am going to your corn soup with dumplins…yum yum X Querino

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