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Apr 8, 2009

Category:Side Dishes
Prep Time:Less than 30 min

There are two kinds of guanimes in Puerto Rico. The more widely known guanime is made with cornmeal. More widely known on the southern coast of Puerto Rico are the guanimes made with flour.

Just like its cornmeal cousin it is usually served with vegetable or seafood dishes. Unlike it's cousin it's usually not wrapped in banana leaves, it's simply boiled as is.

If you'd like to get a little of the banana taste, simply add a green banana to the boiling water after the guanime has been cooking for the 20 minutes and allow to the banana and guanime to boil for another 10 to 15 minutes.


3-4 cups flour 

½  cup hot water (not boiling....just hot) 

salt, to taste

1 tablespoon oil (preferable vegetable)


  •  Bring a pot of salted water to boil.
  •  Meanwhile, place flour in a bowl and make a well in the center
  • Place the water, salt, and oil in the well:

  • Mix well by hand, the mixture will be very sticky. 
  • Slowly keep adding more flour until dough is no longer sticky and you can form a ball:

  • Roll several golfball sized balls from the dough.
  • Roll each ball on a flat surface until they elongate:


  •  Gently place guanimes in the boiling water.
  • Cook 20 minutes. 


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Posted: Wednesday April 8, 2009, 6:47 am
Tags: puerto rico flour dumpling boil guanime [add/edit tags]

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Carmen C. (0)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 4:30 am
MMmmmmmmmm I LOVE these with bacalao!

Emma D. (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 12:11 pm
Great I was looking for this recipe and I''m planning to cook this today. Thank You!

Yadira B. (0)
Saturday August 20, 2011, 4:11 pm
just made it and it was delicious with bacalao on the side. thanks for the recipe. I did however had to add a bit more water to the amount of flour

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 9:16 am
Oh- this is perfect for today's meal... I prepared last night berenjenas guisada con bacalao, cebolla, tomate, pimiento y aceitunas and I was looking for a domplines recipe... this one won!

Maria M. (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:21 pm
My brother in law saw guanimes on fb and it took him back to his youger days when his Mom made them for him, so i tried and made some for him with bacalao. I think they also call them johnny cakes and they make them flat like a bacalaito.

Zarah G. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:02 pm
YAY! I'm so going to make these with carne guisao!


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