Start by adding the sifted flour to the mixing bowl. Also, add the baking powder, salt, and white granulated sugar. Mix everything together with a hand whisk and then add 2 tbsp of butter.
Use your clean hands to mix the butter with the flour until you have a crumbly texture.
Add half a cup of milk into the flour mixture and mix to combine. Do not pour the whole milk at once, add a little milk at a time and mix to get the perfect dough texture you need. Adding too much milk makes your dough sticky and watery. If the milk is not enough, the dough appears too dry, all you need to do is add the milk (or water) using a tablespoon at a time and then mix until you have the desired texture of dough which should be soft but nonsticky.
Mix until you have a non-sticky and soft dough for your dumplings. Cover the dough with a cling film and allow to rest for at least 1 hour or overnight. The longer it stays the better the taste of your dumpling.
After an hour of resting your dumpling dough, it should be soft and stretchy. Transfer to a dusted surface and also sprinkle the surface with some flour to prevent it from sticking to your hands while working on it.
Flatten the dough a little bit with your hand and divide it into small equal sizes. For this Jamaican fried dumpling recipe, I am dividing it into 8 equal sizes using a pizza cutter. You can use a knife or simply cut with your hands.
Use your hand to roll each dough into a rounded ball and then keep it aside on a plate. They can also be made into rounded shapes like patties or flat biscuits.