Jamaican Festival (recipe)

Jamaican Festival

LiveStrongJamaican Festival has to be one of my most favorite things ever. Seriously. It is just delicious. Slightly sweet cornmeal fried ‘dumplings’, they are traditionally served alongside spicy meat dishes, such as Jamaica’s infamous ‘jerk’. The sweetness offsets the meat, pepper and spices most sublimely, and the doughy texture is ideal for soaking up gravy and sauces. The lovely golden colour also makes a wonderful accent when plating a dish. Its color is also why i have submitted it to the Taste of Yellow food challenge πŸ™‚

For a totally non-traditional twist, drizzle them with honey while still warm and you’ve got a wonderful breakfast idea as well πŸ˜‰

Why the name Festival? Well supposedly the taste is so divine it’s like having a ‘festival’ in your mouth. Hehe. I’ll let you be the judge πŸ™‚


Jamaican Festival
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Serving Size: 6

Ingredients:

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
oil for frying

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together, adding just enough cold water to make a stiff dough (about 3/4 cup).

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Knead and divide into six portions.

Roll each portion with your hands into a log shape and squeeze lightly to flatten.

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Heat oil in a skillet or wok and deep fry the festivals until golden brown, about 4 minutes each.

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Remove excess oil on kitchen towel before serving.

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  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    I love festival. Although some of the versions I have had seemed sweeter than a tablesppon of sugar though. All good anyway. Festival and ackee and saltfish. Festival and fish. Or eggs. mmm.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Festival and eggs? πŸ™‚ missed out on that one πŸ™‚ yes i’ve seen some recipes that have like 1/4 cup sugar and more whiteflour than cornmeal… i haven’t tried them yet but i will! mom doesn’t like things too sweet but we’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        Uhm. Yeah. Eggs πŸ™‚ See, most of the festival I have eaten in my life have actually been at the breakfast buffets in Jamaican hotels πŸ˜€ Ergo – eggs.
        And yes, that’s the other thing. Not that much cornmeal in those. But I love cornmeal, so would love yours I am sure!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    I love festival. Although some of the versions I have had seemed sweeter than a tablesppon of sugar though. All good anyway. Festival and ackee and saltfish. Festival and fish. Or eggs. mmm.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Festival and eggs? πŸ™‚ missed out on that one πŸ™‚ yes i’ve seen some recipes that have like 1/4 cup sugar and more whiteflour than cornmeal… i haven’t tried them yet but i will! mom doesn’t like things too sweet but we’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        Uhm. Yeah. Eggs πŸ™‚ See, most of the festival I have eaten in my life have actually been at the breakfast buffets in Jamaican hotels πŸ˜€ Ergo – eggs.
        And yes, that’s the other thing. Not that much cornmeal in those. But I love cornmeal, so would love yours I am sure!

  • http://pumpsandgloss.wordpress.com AppleDiva

    I am Jamaican, and I had never heard of Festival until 1990. I was missing out. My friend makes like pouches, so you can stuff your callaloo or ackee…

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      oh gorm! fried festival stuffed with ackee?? i think i would be in heaven!! πŸ˜€

  • http://pumpsandgloss.wordpress.com AppleDiva

    I am Jamaican, and I had never heard of Festival until 1990. I was missing out. My friend makes like pouches, so you can stuff your callaloo or ackee…

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      oh gorm! fried festival stuffed with ackee?? i think i would be in heaven!! πŸ˜€

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ barbara

    These sound wonderful. Thank you for supporting A Taste of Yellow.

  • http://www.winosandfoodies.typepad.com/ barbara

    These sound wonderful. Thank you for supporting A Taste of Yellow.

  • dawn

    im having it now with peppered baked beans!
    thanks for the recipie; i didnt have any baking powder so that made it different from ‘festival’ as i know it, and even still, i think it the cornmeal was a bit much for me – ill add a little lest next time, seeing that this is my first try after mastering fried dumpling (i think).
    maybe i shouldn’t have had cornmeal porridge today – a bit much cornmeal for one day πŸ™‚

  • dawn

    im having it now with peppered baked beans!
    thanks for the recipie; i didnt have any baking powder so that made it different from ‘festival’ as i know it, and even still, i think it the cornmeal was a bit much for me – ill add a little lest next time, seeing that this is my first try after mastering fried dumpling (i think).
    maybe i shouldn’t have had cornmeal porridge today – a bit much cornmeal for one day πŸ™‚

  • http://www.barejak.com chineebizkit

    I am a big fan of authentic festival. Honestly, I don’t like the one available in Trinidad. They have too much corn meal and its hard like a rock.

    I read on other recipes that they add 1 teaspoon vanilla in the water.

    I’m gonna try your recipe plus the 1 teaspoon vanilla in the water with a lil yeast. I guess that would be a lil lighter right.

  • http://www.barejak.com chineebizkit

    I am a big fan of authentic festival. Honestly, I don’t like the one available in Trinidad. They have too much corn meal and its hard like a rock.

    I read on other recipes that they add 1 teaspoon vanilla in the water.

    I’m gonna try your recipe plus the 1 teaspoon vanilla in the water with a lil yeast. I guess that would be a lil lighter right.

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