Culinary Journey: Exploring the Culinary Delights of Mauritius

Three bowls of green and red pickles for Asian food

Have you ever wondered how to maintain a healthy diet while travelling and exploring exotic destinations?  Well, it’s time for you to pack your bags and join me on a gastronomic adventure through Mauritius! This island is not only famous for its stunning beaches and warm weather, but also for its rich and diverse culinary scene with a diverse range of local foods that are both delicious and good for your health.  So let me take you on a journey through some of most iconic local dishes and foods. Are you ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure with me and discover the local foods that will nourish your body and soul? 

A Feast For The Eyes And For The Palate 

First and foremost, let’s talk about the local staple food of Mauritius – rice and curry. Yes, I know what you’re thinking,”Rice and curry? Isn’t that a bit plain?” But trust me, the Mauritian version of this classic dish is anything but boring. Made with fragrant spices and herbs such as cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, and served with a variety of meats or vegetables, this dish is a flavour explosion in your mouth. And the best part? It’s good for your health too! The spices used in Mauritian cuisine are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making this dish not only delicious but also beneficial for your body.

Seafood lovers will be in paradise in Mauritius, as the island is surrounded by clear waters teeming with a variety of fish and seafood. One dish you absolutely must try is the Mauritian bouillon. This hearty soup is made with a variety of seafood such as red snapper, grouper, and sea bass, along with other seafood such as shrimp and squid, and flavoured with tamarind, ginger, and chillies. Not only is this dish delicious, but it is also packed with nutrients and is a great source of lean protein.

Embark On A Culinary Journey

For the adventurous foodie, octopus curry is a must-try. “Ourite” is the Creole word for “squid” in Mauritius and Squid is a popular seafood in Mauritius. It is used in a variety of dishes such as curries, stews, and salads and Cari Ourite (alsowritten Kari or Care) is cooked to perfection in a rich tomato-based curry sauce, resulting in a dish that is both tender and flavourful. Octopus is also an excellent source of protein and is low in fat, making it a great healthy option for your diet.

Vindaye Ourite, is another way of cooking it and is a dish that has its roots in Indian cuisine. It has been adapted to the local taste in Mauritius and is made with squid that has been marinated in a mixture of vinegar, mustard seeds, turmeric, and other spices. The marinated squid is then cooked in a spicy onion and garlic-based sauce, which gives it a distinct sour and tangy flavour. It is typically served with rice, pickles, and lentil soup.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, Mauritius has got you covered. One dessert you absolutely have to try is gateau piment. These little fried balls of goodness are made with split peas and chillies and are served hot and crispy. Gateau piment is a popular snack and once you try them, you won’t be able to stop. And the best part? Split peas are packed with protein and fibre, making this snack not only delicious but also good for your health.

For Food Lovers And Travellers Alike

Now, one of my personal favourites – dholl puri. This street food is considered one of the island’s national dishes. It is a flatbread made from ground split peas (known as “dholl”) that is stuffed with cooked yellow split peas and served with various fillings such as curries, a variety of chutneys, pickles, and vegetables. It is a popular breakfast food in Mauritius, and for good reason. Not only is it filling and delicious, but it is also a great source of protein and fibre, making it a great snack or meal.

Lastly, the Mauritian version of the classic samosa is not to be missed. Made with a flaky pastry and filled with a variety of meats or vegetables and fragrant spices, these little parcels of joy are baked, not fried, making them a healthier option for your snack cravings. This classic snack is something special and these little parcels of joy are a must-try that you can find almost anywhere. A healthy option for your snack cravings.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Mauritius is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of delicious and healthy options for travellers. From the rich and fragrant spices used in rice and curry to the fresh seafood and exotic fruits, the island’s cuisine is a reflection of its diverse cultural heritage. Exploring the local foods of Mauritius is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a journey through its history and traditions. 

So if you’re a foodie looking to indulge in the local cuisine of Mauritius, why not take it a step further and learn how to cook some of the island’s signature dishes? Several cooking schools and classes are available in Mauritius that offer visitors the opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Mauritian dishes such as fish vindaye, chicken kalia, and gateau patate.

These classes are taught by local chefs and cooking enthusiasts who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for the island’s cuisine. A cooking class in Mauritius is not only a fun and engaging experience but also a great way to bring home some new culinary skills and memories of your holiday. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

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