There is a lot to talk about when it comes to ‘What to eat while in Mauritius’.
Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures and as such the dishes are inspired from the Indian, Italian, Chinese and French cuisines. Our ancestors’ techniques and tricks together with our locally produced spices make the food unique and interesting. Nothing beats home food and it’s also impossible to go a few days without having the authentic Mauritian Food. The island is famed for the street food as well as fine dining restaurants.
This had to be number one on my list. Boulette, known as dumpling, is a must try while you are here. Boulettes are small rounds made up of vegetables, herbs and meat or seafood that are steamed and served as salad or in a soup. It is so delicious especially eaten with green chili paste. My favorite ones are cheese dumpling, lamb one, ‘chou-chou’ (with chayote) and ‘bouchon’ (with chicken).
Dhal Puri (Dholl Puri)
Dhal puris are like thin pancakes or flatbread stuffed with ground split-peas and served with curries (Gros pois – butter bean curry, Rougaille – Mauritian cooked tomato sauce, Brede Songes – Taro leaves) and pickles or chili. You can get dhal puris from street corner vendors, it should normally be priced around MUR 10-20.
– The most famous Dholl Puri of the island are from Dewa Dalpuri (Rose Hill). The best go-to drink is Alouda (A sort of milkshake with ice cream and Jelly).
Samosa, ‘Gateau Piment’ & the deep fried snacks
Mauritians absolutely love the deep fried snacks over a cup of tea for tea-time or as appetizers. You can get these snacks in the markets or from streets corner vendors. Gateau piments (chili & peas bites) are small rounds made out of yellow-split peas, chili, onion and spring onion. People mostly enjoy this in bread with a hot cup of tea. You can also get ‘gato arouille’ – taro cakes, ‘gato bringel’ – aubergine fritters and a variety of other snacks.
This is another favorite dish of mine. Bread with shredded vegetables and marinated grilled chicken with sauces.
– I recommend these places for Kebabs: Shabaan Kebab – St Jean – Quatres Bornes, Dil’s Kebab – Rosehill(Next to the bus station) and Sheik Kebab in Curepipe.
Bol Renverser (upside down bowl)
Vegetables, chicken and prawn cooked in a thick sauce called ‘chopsuey’. Fried egg, chopsuey and a layer of rice that is accompanied with tomato salad and green chili paste. This dish is inspired from the Chinese cuisine.
Masala Curry and Rougaille based dish
You have to try a Rougaille or Masala curry while in Mauritius. Rougaille is cooked tomato sauce, you can add fish and meat to it. The Rougaille and Masala curry are best eaten with rice and lentil soup and tomato salad.
Mine frire or Mine Bouille
Two other dishes inspired from the Chinese cuisine, Mine frire is stir fried noodle with vegetables, meat of your choice, egg and soy sauce and Mine Bouille is boiled noodle paired with soy sauce and other sauces, served with meat of your choice and eggs. Both taste equally delicious.
Feast on seafood while you are here.
Biryani (Mauritian briani)
Another dish to add to your list is Biryani. Rice, marinated chicken and potato cooked with mild spices that is eaten with some tangy tamarind chutney and cucumber salad.
You will get it from the many coconut stalls on beaches. Fruit slices with crushed chili and salt and tamarind sauce.
These are some of the must try dishes in Mauritius.
~ Enjoy your stay in Mauritius & Bon appetit ~
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