Puerto Rican Cornmeal Dumplings

Ana Santiago Recipe

By Ana Santiago buenodeverdad

8 servings
20 Min
30 Min

These dumplings are a family favorite, especially with stewed codfish. You can also serve with stewed beans or chili.
You can find banana leaves in the GOYA (brand) frozen foods section. Wash them very well under warm running water & cut to size with kitchen shears.


2 c
fine cornmeal
1 c
coconut milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp
anise seed
1 tsp
1/4 c
honey (some people use molasses- i don't care for it.)
1 pkg
banana leaves (sheets)
kitchen string

Directions Step-By-Step

Wash banana leaves, dry & cut eight 8x8 squares. You can freeze the remainder if you have any left.
Mix cornmeal, anise, coconut milk, salt and honey to form a doughy mixture.
Form dough into 8 rolls (like sausages)
Place one cornmeal roll in the middle of each banana leaf square.
Roll the leaf and tie each end with string.
Drop the rolls into 8 cups boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt.
Cook for 30 minutes.
Remove from water, cut string from ends and serve. (The cornmeal rolls will slide right out of banana leaf.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Hashtags: #coconut, #milk, #seed, #Anise

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Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Dec 31, 2014
Ana, where are you my sweet friend? I haven't chatted with you in awhile. I didn't see where I could send you a private message. Let me know how you are. Miss you and hope you bring in the New Year 2015 well! xooxox
Tyra Beatty trtbeatty
Apr 22, 2012
Ay! Qué rico este plato! I'm hungry!! lol
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
Feb 23, 2012
Thank you Ana for sharing your recipe. I look forward to trying them with different meals too. I posted a request for banana leaves on Facebook and one of my friends knows someone who gets them at an Asian market in Cleveland. now she is founding out where in Cleveland. It is a little over an hour away. Oh, I posted pics of the dumplings too and know I have several other friends who want banana leaves too. LOL....So, when I do get them I will make them again the authentic way. It's high and low now till we find the Nana leaves. LOL
Ana Santiago buenodeverdad
Feb 23, 2012
No, I would not add more anise. But I hope you find the banana leaves...the taste is spectacular. My husband says congrats on making them too..he said they look wonderful!
Ana Santiago buenodeverdad
Feb 23, 2012
Kim, I'm so happy you made them...wonderful!