Mauritian foods are unique in the world! As we live in a country with multiple cultures, the diversity in the local cuisine is great, resulting a variety of dishes. In Mauritius, you get the chance to taste the Indian, European, Chinese, Italian and obviously the Creole cuisine.
The Local Dishes
The advantage of living in a multi-cultural society, is that we have adopted different ways of cooking from a range of other cultures, and we have created our own dishes from these expertise. The "Rougaille poisson salé (Salty fish in tomato stew)", "toufé pomme de terre (Potato chutney)" and "bouillon brède (Buk Choy soup)" dish is among the best Creole cuisine locally. It becomes better if accompanied with a coconut chutney. Fried fish with salads, pickles and lentils are another chosen dish by the locals. Regarding salads, the most famous are cucumber, carrots, lettuce, watercress and cabbage. Most Mauritians love fruit salads with chilies and salt. There are many foods which are widely consumed and often chosen as preferences, but only the 12 most popular will be listed as follows:
Popular in Asian countries, this dish is loved by Mauritians too. Biryanis are served with chicken, beef, mutton, fish or veg.
Another popular food is noodle, either fried or boiled, accompanied with a soup, chicken, lamb and egg, topped with spring onions.
This dish is easy and fast to prepare. The chicken and lamb fried rice are famous. Fried eggs and shrimp are often included.
Bol Renversé (Upside-down bowl)
Rice, chicken or lamb saucy Chop suey, fried egg, spring onions and chili paste, these are the main components of a nice Bol Renversé.
Dholl Puri / Faratha (Roti)
Dholl Puri and Faratha are like tortillas except the former is made of yellow peas. They are eaten with a variety of curries.
Grills / BBQ / Kebab
We love grills! Chicken, lamb, fish or beef, served with salads, French fries and sauces. The Kebab dish is largely appreciated too.
7 Cari (Seven curries)
An Indian dish, served with 7 different curries, mostly vegetables, particularly in Indian weddings or religious ceremonies.
Pizza / Macaroni / Spaghetti
Italian foods are happily consumed by lots of Mauritians. Pizzas, spaghettis, macaronis, lasagne, well, the list goes on.
Known as bouillon boulettes, it is a dish with a variety of dumplings like Tofu, Sao May, fish balls, cheese balls, meat balls and others.
A spicy soup made of peas. The lamb and beef Halim are the most chosen and best to eat with loaf and topped with cucumber salad.
Gato Deluile (Oily snacks)
Gato Deluile are deep fried snacks and often served with chili sauce or chutneys. Examples, Samossas, Chanapuri, etc.
Chicken, lamb, fish or beef curries are largely consumed like Masala, Tandoori, Vindaloo, Daube or Salmi. They are spicy but tasty.
Enjoy The Good Foods
The Mauritian cuisine will always continue to amaze people around the world, due to its array of intercultural dishes it offers. Street foods dominate tremendously in certain regions and this has contributed massively in creating new cuisine ideas. Our culinary traditions are originated from our ancestors and will continue to progress to further innovate. In a way, we are among the few countries to adopt such a mixture of dishes globally!
AUTHOR: Ali J (Administrator)
PUBLISHED DATE: February 18, 2021
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