Cherokee (Tsalagi) Dessert – Blackberry Dumplings (Ka-nu-ga-lv Di-ga-lv-nv-hi) !

Living in Oklahoma, the heritage of the Cherokee people (original tribal name was Aniyunwiya) surround us. Cherokee – Tsalagi  is an Iroquoian language with a written vocabulary invented by a Native Cherokee scholar, Sequoyah. A good friend of mine taught me a lot about Native Indian recipes and such. I even made my own hunting bow at a workshop in Tallequah. Okay… It was a little crooked and did not work that well. Now the recipes are a different thing. I learned how to make frybread, beanballs and of course some great sweets like Blackberry Dumplings.

The first time I tried this tasty treat I was blown away by the taste. Several ladies were cooking this up in a huge pot over an open fire. Now, you don’t have to cook it over an open fire and I was lucky one of the ladies was kind enough to give me the recipe. Over the years I have made this several times for the family. The recipe is really the same for grape dumplings, which is another fave for the family. So here we go and hope you enjoy…

Blackberry Dumplings

(Ka-nu-ga-lv Di-ga-lv-nv-hi)


8 Cups Blackberries

2 cups of sugar

2 Tblsp oil

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups water

2 cups flour


Mix berries with 1 cup water and sugar in large pan.

100_4032 Mix 1 cup water, oil, baking powder and flour. Stir to make stiff dough.

100_4031 Drop by tablespoons into boiling berries.

100_4033 Cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let set for 10 minutes before removing lid.


Serve hot (you can add a scoop of ice cream on top)

AND Enjoy!

100_4036 ~~~

Well now… Maybe time to make hubby’s fave meal

Se-lu-ga-du and Tu-yas

(Cornbread and Beans)

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46 Responses to Cherokee (Tsalagi) Dessert – Blackberry Dumplings (Ka-nu-ga-lv Di-ga-lv-nv-hi) !

  1. Danielle says:

    This looks so yummy, and simple to make too! I will definitely be trying this out 🙂
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  2. Kandi says:

    That looks so easy and delicious! I am going to have to give that a try!
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  3. Yummy, it reminds me on a blueberry cobbler my mom used to make! We’d heat it up and pour milk over it. I’m going to have to try your recipe. Thanks!
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  4. Liz Mays says:

    I’m practically drooling over here. I adore blackberries, but hardly ever get to have them. This dessert looks sublime.
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  5. I love blackberries but have never had blackberry dumplings before. I so want to give this a try and I’m sure its as delicious as it looks.
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  6. Jessi says:

    Oh I have got to get some blackberries soon, I need to make this!
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  7. Erin S. says:

    I love homemade dumplings but haven’t had them in forever! Going to have to make some now.
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  8. Mitch says:

    I love blackberries! What a great way to eat them! Thanks for this,
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  9. This looks SO good!! I love that the ingredients and cooking process are simple… I’m going to have to try this!!
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  10. This sounds so yummy! I love trying new things, especially if it’s from a culture I’m not too familiar with!
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  11. Those sound so good. I am a BIG fan of blackberries and would love to try these.
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  12. Kay Adeola says:

    That sounds so yummy and real easy to make.I shall give this a go thank you for sharing.
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  13. Looks like a cobbler. I would gladly scoop that over ice cream!!
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  14. That looks delicious. That would be a family favorite.
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  15. Rosey says:

    This dessert looks absolutely delicious. I love blackberries.

  16. Amanda H. says:

    Yum – another blackberry recipe! Looks so good, and I love blackberries!
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  17. deb says:

    I love recipes with a history. I need to try making this. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  18. Jenny says:

    Interesting. Gonna show this to the in laws, they do a lot of cooking. Maybe we’ll give it a try. 😛
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  19. Jaime says:

    This looks delicious. I know so many people who have blackberries right now. definitely passing this recipe along.
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  20. aimee fauci says:

    I have never had a blackberry.. the little hairs scare me. This does look refreshing tho.
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  21. I’ve never tried anything like this before. I’ll have to make some!
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  22. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    That looks delicious and I am going to add this to my must make list. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. I always enjoy your dessert posts. This looks totally delicious.
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  24. This sounds so delicious. I am going to try these for sure!
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  25. I love learning about new foods! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!
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  26. Jessica says:

    This looks soooo yummy! I love blackberries and will have to give this a try!
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  27. Debbie L. says:

    Oh My Gosh – this looks delicious! I love dumplings!

  28. I remember this. I moved to Oklahoma when I was six (81) and just moved to Michigan a few years ago ( 07) So I am very familiar with Native American heritage and cooking.
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  29. Rachael says:

    These blackberry dumplings look tasty. I’ll have to try this recipe.

  30. Theresa says:

    Oh my gosh! This looks so tasty! Blackberries are one of my favorites, so this is a must try recipe for me! Thanks for sharing!
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  31. That sounds good and I know you had a lot of berries! Very unique traditional meal to make with them!
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  32. This looks amazing! You had me at ‘blackberries and sugar’!!
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  33. Veronica says:

    Looks great! I love the rich color of the berries. Very appetizing
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  34. I love blackberries! Those dumplings sound amazing! 🙂
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  35. Camesha says:

    Oh wow, this looks really good. My daughter is a little blackberry lover. She’d like this!
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  36. Lori says:

    That is mouthwatering! I would love vanilla ice cream with mine!
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  37. Carly Brydon says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! My husband loves blackberries, so I’m sure he would enjoy this a lot!
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  38. melinda says:

    we have tons of blackberries growing in the yard. wonder if my kids would eat this
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  39. Becka says:

    This looks yummy! I bet the kids would love it. Thanks for sharing!
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  40. That looks really good. I bet it would be awesome with ice cream….must try!!
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  41. That sounds delicious! I’d for sure have to have mine hot with a scoop of ice cream!
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  42. Felicia says:

    I am a fan of all berries. This looks delicious!
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  43. Christie says:

    You have been making amazing things with blackberries lately. I would eat these
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  44. These look good. I like blackberry cobbler. Bet I’d like these too.
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  45. Brett says:

    My friend loves dumplings. I’ll have to recommend this recipe to them.

  46. Racquel says:

    These look delicious. I love blackberries and we are coming into wild blackberry season here!
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