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“Extremely popular at Carnival time. It can be bought piping hot from street vendors and is served at most carnival fêtes. West Indian corn is more starchy and less sweet than the North American variety but I don't imagine that other varieties of corn would detract from the flavour of this dish. Goes a lot faster if done in a pressure coooker. For the dumplings refer to Flour Dumplings (Sinkers/Spinners)
1hr 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot heat oil.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, thyme and pimento peppers and cook for about 5 mins stirring constantly.
  4. Add the split peas and stock.
  5. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  6. Add the scotch bonnet pepper and if using the coconnut milk.
  7. Cover the pot and simmer for about an hour until peas are soft.
  8. Use an immersion or ordinary blender and puree soup to a thick and creamy consistency and return to the pot.
  9. Add corn and dumplings and cook for a further 20 minutes until corn is cooked and the dumplings float to the surface.
  10. Add culantro, remove from the heat, taste and adjust seasonings.
  11. If soup is too thick at any time, add water.

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