Samoan Caramel Dumplings

A simple dish made that consists of puka (flour dumplings) & caramel sauce. A Breakfast favourite amongst many Samoan households.

Recipe: Eleitno Lavea              Serves: 3 - 4 people


For the puka (flour dumplings):

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup brown sugar


For the caramel sauce:

  • 400 ml coconut cream 

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 3 - 4 Tbsp flour

  • ½ med sized saucepan of water



Puka (flour dumplings):

  1. Fill a medium saucepan/pot halfway with water and bring to boil.

  2. In a large bowl add flour then 1 cup water and slowly mix into a dough. 

  3. Knead the dough and roll into small bite-sized balls.


Caramel sauce: 

  1. Place 1 ½ cups brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat on high.  Melt the sugar into a caramel consistency, stirring constantly. Ensure it is fully melted and dark brown in colour.

  2. Add half the coconut cream to the sugar and reduce heat to med/low, continuing to stir.

  3. Stir in remaining coconut cream and let rest on low heat.

  4. Add 1/2cup brown sugar to boiling water

  5. Add the puka balls to the water

  6. Stir for 2 minutes on med-high heat while the puka are boiling

  7. Cover with a lid and boil for 5 - 10 minutes.

  8. Lower heat and add caramelised sugar.

  9. Stir continuously for 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens

  10. Mix flour with a little water then add to mixture to thicken to your liking


Simmer for a further 2 minutes,  then your kopai is ready to serve.