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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  • Marsha

    Love corn soup but I never really wanted to buy it from around the Savannah though!
    At home you never quite knew what kind of soup it was because salt meat and othertypes of meat made their way in :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hee :) mom makes hers hella weird :) as a result i never would buy it off the road, but once i did i was converted :D

  • Marsha

    Love corn soup but I never really wanted to buy it from around the Savannah though!
    At home you never quite knew what kind of soup it was because salt meat and othertypes of meat made their way in :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hee :) mom makes hers hella weird :) as a result i never would buy it off the road, but once i did i was converted :D

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    I have made various recipes for corn soup, but never with dumplings. I love the idea, and it looks so easy to do!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s almost too easy :lol:

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    I have made various recipes for corn soup, but never with dumplings. I love the idea, and it looks so easy to do!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s almost too easy :lol:

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    I love corn soup. I haven’t had it with dumplings yet. You just reminded me what a wonderful meal a can of cream style corn can make. Thanks!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      cheap, simple, yum!! :D happy v-day :D i have to get my v-day stuff posted :D whee!

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    I love corn soup. I haven’t had it with dumplings yet. You just reminded me what a wonderful meal a can of cream style corn can make. Thanks!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      cheap, simple, yum!! :D happy v-day :D i have to get my v-day stuff posted :D whee!

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    This looks so delicious. I must make it!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s really simple and economical :D hee :D

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    This looks so delicious. I must make it!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s really simple and economical :D hee :D

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Sarina, thanks for sharing such a detailed pictorial recipe. Now I know what to do with my leftover can of cream corns, looks absolutely delicious :) So, how many “pots” did you cook this time ? *grins*

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehehe :) we are a small home so only one was needed :D

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Sarina, thanks for sharing such a detailed pictorial recipe. Now I know what to do with my leftover can of cream corns, looks absolutely delicious :) So, how many “pots” did you cook this time ? *grins*

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehehe :) we are a small home so only one was needed :D

  • Juliette

    Hey Sarina!

    I’m a convertee also! The savannah cornsoup is the best in my opinion!
    Everytime I visit Trini, it is a must stop at least 3 – 4 times before returning to the UK:-)

    The shadon beni sauce with a touch of the garlic sauce gives it that added flavour!
    My best friend and I always go for seconds but if we return to the vendor too late, it is usually sold out!

    Love corn soup! Yum Yum!

    p.s. The corn soup vendor actually asks us if we want the soup with or without dumplings!! Apparently the health conscious, request it WITHOUT dumplings!

    What good is corn soup without the dumplings!!! hehehe

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      without dumplings? sacrilege!! :D i must go around the savannah and take some pics next time :)

  • Juliette

    Hey Sarina!

    I’m a convertee also! The savannah cornsoup is the best in my opinion!
    Everytime I visit Trini, it is a must stop at least 3 – 4 times before returning to the UK:-)

    The shadon beni sauce with a touch of the garlic sauce gives it that added flavour!
    My best friend and I always go for seconds but if we return to the vendor too late, it is usually sold out!

    Love corn soup! Yum Yum!

    p.s. The corn soup vendor actually asks us if we want the soup with or without dumplings!! Apparently the health conscious, request it WITHOUT dumplings!

    What good is corn soup without the dumplings!!! hehehe

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      without dumplings? sacrilege!! :D i must go around the savannah and take some pics next time :)

  • http://bunnyfoodfoo.blogspot.com/ BuddingCook

    i love corn and dumplings…:)

  • http://bunnyfoodfoo.blogspot.com/ BuddingCook

    i love corn and dumplings…:)

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    That looks so good! I love chicken and dumplings which is a Southern US food. This reminds me of that with corn.

    Hope to see you at Leftover Tuesdays!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooo yay! leftover tuesdays :D i’m so gonna be trying to be there :D i’m sick (pneumonia :cry: )

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooo yay! leftover tuesdays :D i’m so gonna be trying to be there :D i’m sick (pneumonia :cry: )

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    That looks so good! I love chicken and dumplings which is a Southern US food. This reminds me of that with corn.

    Hope to see you at Leftover Tuesdays!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooo yay! leftover tuesdays :D i’m so gonna be trying to be there :D i’m sick (pneumonia :cry: )

  • Tom

    Add some salted pig tails, & maaann is goood

  • Tom

    Add some salted pig tails, & maaann is goood

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    hehehe :) hey tom, welcome! I can’t eat pig but I’m sure it’s a flavorful addition :) Thanks for popping by!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    hehehe :) hey tom, welcome! I can’t eat pig but I’m sure it’s a flavorful addition :) Thanks for popping by!

  • marlie

    I love the corn soup they serve around the Savannah–they add big chuncks of corn and coconut milk to theirs–it’s soo delicious–I love your blog-

  • marlie

    I love the corn soup they serve around the Savannah–they add big chuncks of corn and coconut milk to theirs–it’s soo delicious–I love your blog-

  • marlie

    I love the corn soup they serve around the Savannah–they add big chuncks of corn and coconut milk to theirs–it’s soo delicious–I love your blog-

  • mokojumbie

    guess what i had on my last day in trinidad before moving back (sigh sigh) to canada after 5 years. cornsoup a the savannah. luv the stuff,but gotta have chadon beni. are there seeds for sale so i can palnt my own??

  • mokojumbie

    guess what i had on my last day in trinidad before moving back (sigh sigh) to canada after 5 years. cornsoup a the savannah. luv the stuff,but gotta have chadon beni. are there seeds for sale so i can palnt my own??

  • mokojumbie

    guess what i had on my last day in trinidad before moving back (sigh sigh) to canada after 5 years. cornsoup a the savannah. luv the stuff,but gotta have chadon beni. are there seeds for sale so i can palnt my own??

  • http:////divia-trinidadcarnival.blogspot.com/ CarnivalDiva

    mmmm mmmm mmmm ooh gosh that looks sooooo good!

  • http:////divia-trinidadcarnival.blogspot.com/ CarnivalDiva

    mmmm mmmm mmmm ooh gosh that looks sooooo good!

  • http:////divia-trinidadcarnival.blogspot.com/ CarnivalDiva

    mmmm mmmm mmmm ooh gosh that looks sooooo good!

  • Ellane

    I like in the UK and want to make corn soup. But i dont remember ever seeing cream style corn in a tin. What do you recommend to use as an alternative?

    When i was last in Trinidad, my couz took me to get corn soup from a street vender near skinner park somewhere and absolutley loved it :-)

  • Ellane

    I like in the UK and want to make corn soup. But i dont remember ever seeing cream style corn in a tin. What do you recommend to use as an alternative?

    When i was last in Trinidad, my couz took me to get corn soup from a street vender near skinner park somewhere and absolutley loved it :-)

  • Alex

    Hey Ellane,

    Make your own cream style corn using canned or frozen corn,

    1 can corn,(strained)
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp sugar
    1/4c cream or whipping cream
    3.4 tsp corn starch.

    Bring to a boil and thicken with corn starch.

    turns out about right.

  • Alex

    Hey Ellane,

    Make your own cream style corn using canned or frozen corn,

    1 can corn,(strained)
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp sugar
    1/4c cream or whipping cream
    3.4 tsp corn starch.

    Bring to a boil and thicken with corn starch.

    turns out about right.

  • http://eat-for-a-week.blogspot.com thom

    Nice to see another corn soup recipe out there! Will have to try this one, especially since it makes a much more reasonable amount than the recipe I currently have.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my recipe… I just don’t always need (or want) to make 12 quarts of the stuff, even if it does freeze well. Your version takes out the recipe-reducing math hassle.
    .-= thom´s last blog ..Still not dead yet… =-.

  • http://eat-for-a-week.blogspot.com thom

    Nice to see another corn soup recipe out there! Will have to try this one, especially since it makes a much more reasonable amount than the recipe I currently have.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my recipe… I just don’t always need (or want) to make 12 quarts of the stuff, even if it does freeze well. Your version takes out the recipe-reducing math hassle.
    .-= thom´s last blog ..Still not dead yet… =-.

  • lovable

    hey to mocojumbie the seed can be obtained from the plant itself if you are lucky to get the plant or purchased in aan agri shop. its tiny but will grow when dried. happy findings.
    gonna try this recipe oh i see you all talking bout corn soup round the savana, that i must try. c yah.

  • lovable

    hey to mocojumbie the seed can be obtained from the plant itself if you are lucky to get the plant or purchased in aan agri shop. its tiny but will grow when dried. happy findings.
    gonna try this recipe oh i see you all talking bout corn soup round the savana, that i must try. c yah.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    I love the idea of adding cornmeal dumplings to corn soup!
    .-= peabody´s last blog ..It’s what’s on the inside that counts… =-.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    I love the idea of adding cornmeal dumplings to corn soup!
    .-= peabody´s last blog ..It’s what’s on the inside that counts… =-.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/ peabody

    I love the idea of adding cornmeal dumplings to corn soup!
    .-= peabody´s last blog ..It’s what’s on the inside that counts… =-.

  • http://www.caribbeanpot.com Chris De La Rosa

    Just came back from TnT.. had a wonderful corn soup experience one night “rong” the savanna. There was a vendor featured in the inflight magazine on the Caribbean airlines flight that we took down to the islands, that we happened to meet selling her soup the night we went looking for adventure/food. Though she wouldn’t share her recipe, I could tell it had some sort of salted meat added for additional flavour.

    We also purchased some in St James, that was a bit different as well. Seems everyone has their own recipe for making this popular soup.

    The best I’ve had to date is from a vendor outside “The Shade” nightclub in Bon Accord Tobago.

    Happy Cooking!

    Chris…
    .-= Chris De La Rosa´s last blog ..Red Mango – Spicy Preserved Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago. =-.

  • http://www.caribbeanpot.com Chris De La Rosa

    Just came back from TnT.. had a wonderful corn soup experience one night “rong” the savanna. There was a vendor featured in the inflight magazine on the Caribbean airlines flight that we took down to the islands, that we happened to meet selling her soup the night we went looking for adventure/food. Though she wouldn’t share her recipe, I could tell it had some sort of salted meat added for additional flavour.

    We also purchased some in St James, that was a bit different as well. Seems everyone has their own recipe for making this popular soup.

    The best I’ve had to date is from a vendor outside “The Shade” nightclub in Bon Accord Tobago.

    Happy Cooking!

    Chris…
    .-= Chris De La Rosa´s last blog ..Red Mango – Spicy Preserved Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago. =-.

  • http://ksurrina.com Kerry

    A very nutritional dish. I am going to try it out one of these days. Thanks for sharing. wisejamaican.com
    .-= Kerry´s last blog ..Overcoming Depression =-.

  • http://ksurrina.com Kerry

    A very nutritional dish. I am going to try it out one of these days. Thanks for sharing. wisejamaican.com
    .-= Kerry´s last blog ..Overcoming Depression =-.

  • Jadestone

    Recipe looks good and sounds delicious! I will try it out this coming weekend. My Aunt makes a mean corn soup, but she does not add dumplings to it.

  • Jadestone

    Recipe looks good and sounds delicious! I will try it out this coming weekend. My Aunt makes a mean corn soup, but she does not add dumplings to it.

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  • mary

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

  • mary

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

  • mary

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

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