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Mauritian Cuisine

Feast on a range of delicious Mauritian dishes

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Mauritius Specialities

Mauritius cuisine blends Creole, Chinese, French and Indian flavours, sometimes all within the same meal. French dishes such as bouillon, tuna salad, daube and coq au vin show the prevalence of French cuisine that has stayed with Mauritius. These dishes have often been adapted to incorporate the exotic ingredients that are found on the island. The main meal you will find during your holiday in Mauritius is curry with rice and roti, a type of bread. 

Vindaye

Vindaye is a dish that takes fried fish or octopus and preserves it in a combination of chilli, mustard seeds, garlic, oil and vinegar. This pickled dish has been popular for decades, before modern refrigeration even as it keeps for a long time. This dish is delicious served hot over rice or bread, or kept in the fridge and served cold the next day. Its main ingredients include fish (typically swordfish, tuna or barracuda) and onions that are soaked in vinegar with mashed garlic, mustard, curcuma, ginger and coriander.

Rougaille

This popular Mauritian dish is made with garlic, ginger, tomatoes, chillies, red chilli powder and onions and served over rice. You can easily add sausage, beef, chicken, fish or prawns or serve it without the meat for vegetarians.

Chicken Daube

This is a classic Mauritian dish infused with cloves, cinnamon, thyme, chillies, onion, garlic and ginger. The dish is simmered so it becomes stew-like, then is garnished with a small handful of chopped coriander leaves.

Curry

Mauritian curries are unique in that they don't contain coconut and they often include European herbs, such as thyme. Some curries contain meats not traditionally used, such as octopus or duck.The traditional Mauritian curry combines curry powder, curry leaves, onion, garlic, ginger and cumin seeds to make for a flavour that virtually explodes in the mouth. Chopped potatoes are softened in the curry and simmered, then the dish is served with rice and a dollop of sour cream.

As with most destinations, the cost of meals and drinks in Mauritius hotels are more expensive than elsewhere. Lunch for two can typically cost anywhere from 500 to 1,000 Mauritian Rupees, although is significantly less if bought from a street vendor.

Street Food

On holiday in Mauritius, you'll notice a plethora of readily available and tasty street food. Almost everything you order can be accompanied by the locals favourite green, homemade chilli sauce; piment. Be careful to only order street food from clean, fresh vendors with food that's cooked right in front of you.

Gateaux Piment

This literally translates to 'chilli cake', yet these delicious little snacks are actually quite mild. They are deep fried balls of mashed or ground lentil with chopped spring onion, fresh coriander, spices and a little chilli. Gateaux Piment is perfect either on their own as a snack or stuffed in a bread roll with piment sauce for a lunchtime meal.

Roti Chaud

These flat bread-style pancakes can be found at most street vendors and often comes with meat, fish or vegetable fillings and a spicy tomato sauce. 

Boulette

Boulette is definitely more Chinese than Creole and is similar to dim sum served in a flavourful broth. The mouth-watering, steamed dumplings are filled with pork, beef, fish or prawns and served in a chicken or fish stock made with ginger and spring onions. The overall flavour of the broth is sweet, yet slightly spicy.

Top Tips from our Experts

"Don't forget to pick up your freshly carved pineapple topped with chili salt. This local delicacy can be picked up from most street food stalls and is a refreshing snack with a Creole kick."