Recipe: Jamaican Festival and mango salsa

Jamaican Festivals are a stable any Caribbean household. Festivals can be eaten with fish, ackee and saltfish, and other customary Caribbean dishes. Here’s a simple recipe that you can do at home.

What you’ll need:

  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ – ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons or more sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 cup milk or water (adjust water to form soft dough)
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg spice or vanilla extract
  • Oil for deep-frying
Mango Coleslaw
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, sliced
  • 4 cups cabbage, sliced
  • 2 cups mango, thinly sliced
  • ½ medium onion thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, thinly sliced

What to do:

Mango Salsa

  1. In a large bowl combine the onions, cabbage, purple and green, sliced mango , carrots and red bell pepper.


  1. In a large bowl mix flour,baking powder, cornmeal, sugar, nutmeg and salt, add butter.
  2. Form a hole in the middle of the dough, add milk, knead dough for about 1 minute to soften.
  3. Divide dough into about 10 equal pieces and set aside for about 10 minutes or more
  4. Shape dough like you would a sausage by rolling with your hands
  5. Place a slit down the side of the dough.
  6. In a large, saucepan pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
  7. Fry until golden brown about 7 minutes or more depending on size.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper napkin.


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