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  • Crab and Dumplings Recipe: A Signature Dish of Tobago

    by Avion Anderson

    Tobago’s cuisine is a unique blend of African, Indian, Chinese, European and Latin American influences, overlaid with those of countries as diverse as Syria, Lebanon and Italy. The multicultural, multiracial population of Trinidad has created a fascinating culinary fusion, making it one of the most interesting cuisines in the Caribbean. Food is one of the biggest highlights for people who are visiting Tobago.

    One Tobago island dish, which stands out above the rest, is the signature crab and dumplings. It is a must-try when visiting the island!

    Curry Crab Ingredients:
    • 6 crabs
    • 1 lime
    • 1 bundle chives, chopped
    • 2 sprigs celery, chopped
    • 6 pimento peppers, seeded and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 tbsp curry powder
    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 1 small hot pepper
    • 2 – 3 sprigs thyme
    • Pinch of ground ginger

    Dumpling Ingredients:
    • 2 cups flour
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp sugar
    • Water

    1. Fill a large bowl with water and squeeze the lime juice into the water. Add the lime halves as well.
    2. Clean crabs and soak in the lime water for 10 – 15 minutes. Drain.
    3. Season the crabs with chives, celery, pimento peppers, 2 cloves garlic (chopped) and onion. Let marinate for half hour.
    4. Mix the ingredients for the dumplings in a bowl. Add enough water to form soft but pliable dough. Let rest for half hour.
    5. Form into desired shapes when ready for cooking.
    6. Heat a little oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    7. Add the remaining 2 cloves garlic and let burn. Remove when blackened.
    8. Make a paste with the curry powder and a little water. Add to the hot oil. Cook for 2 minutes.
    9. Add the crab and stir well. Add a little water if crab begins to stick to pot and let cook for a few minutes.
    10. Add the coconut milk and hot pepper and bring to a boil.
    11. Add the dumplings.
    12. Cover, lower heat and let cook until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

    Have you ever tasted Crab and Dumplings or try making it at home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

    Image Source: Curry crab and dumplings, Tobago © Kate Nevens - Flickr Creative Commons
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