The best recipes I found driving around a Car Rental Mauritius
After just spending a memorable trip driving around a car rental Mauritus, I was back home in London missing the sunshine with all the sad weather around.
It had just been a week and I desperately wanted to go back, get in a car rental in Mauritius and continue exploring the sunny beaches and jungles.
But alas all dreams do come to an end. Especially the ones that involve salacious vacation destinations to be honest.
But nevertheless, I had to continue doing my work. Amidst all the chaos, what my taste buds missed the most was authentic Mauri food.
Although we get pretty decent Thai and Asian food in Soho, but I haven’t really found any authentic Mauritian eatery out here.
And the best part about my trip was that I enrolled myself in a week of cooking classes out there.
With the weekend hovering over I thought it might be a good idea to call my friends over for a traditional Mauritian meal.
It would definitely feed my stomach & soul for one and my close friends also get to taste this amazing cuisine.
A Unique Menu: All Thanks to my Car Rental Mauritius
Deciding the menu was tough. I had really fond memories of a lot of things I ate out there.
It’s amazing how the eating habits of Mauritian people directly reflect the ethnic diversity out there.
From Creole rougailles to Chinese sweet & sour pork there is so much variety in the food to suit different palates.
And let’s not forget the eggs and English bacon.
I had too many options and very less time to decide what to cook.
Trusting my gut and the experiences with my car rental Mauritius I decided to start brunch with some spicy gateau piment accompanied by curried prawns and cucumber relish.
I do remember reading about this in the Sainsbury magazine.
Lunch was a sumptuous meal comprising of Rougaille Saucisse, Salmon cakes, and Mauritian Style Chicken Biryani. And the meal ended with some coconut flan.
Read on for the recipes of my star dishes below:
An Appetizing Brunch To Get You Started
Going back to my travels with a car rental Mauritius, I made sure to try out gateau piment or chilli flakes all around the island.
While driving to Port Louis I discovered this amazing curried prawns recipe that I somehow replicated at home.
Spicy Gateau Piment
Yellow Split Peas 100 grams
Dried chilli 2
Spring onions 2
Green chilli 2
Cilantro a small bunch
Salt according to taste
- Soak the yellow split peas in water for 24 hours before you begin preparation.
- Grind them in a food processor until it turns into a fine paste and then move it to a large bowl.
- In the bowl containing the paste add finely chopped green chillies, cilantro stalks and leaves and spring onions.
- Also, add in crushed red chili and season with salt.
- Mix well and roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls.
- Heat the deep fryer to 180 degrees and fry the chilli cakes until golden brown.
- Serve hot with a chilled beer.
Curried prawns with cucumber relish
For the curry prawns-
Jumbo prawns 600 grams
Red chilli(chopped) 2
Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
Mild madras curry powder 2 tbsp
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
For the cucumber relish
Spring onions (finely chopped) 3
Red chilly (finely chopped) 2
Thai fish sauce 2 tbsp
Lime juice 2 limes
Chopped coriander for dressing
Sesame oil 1 tsp
- Start with the spice mix for prawn and mix the curry powder, crushed coriander seeds, chilli and vegetable oil into a paste.
- Mix this with the prawns and leave to marinate for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile you can start on the cucumber relish. Cut it halfways and thinly slice the cucumber into half moons.
- Put in a bowl and add the sesame oil and fish sauce, lime juice, coriander, finely chopped chilli and spring onions.
- Mix thoroughly and refrigerate until serving time.
- On a hot grill, barbeque the prawns over medium to high heat for around 2-3 minutes until they turn pink. Serve with the cucumber relish.
A Foodgasmic Lunch Followed
The brunch was very appropriate with a little fried food, grilled and flavourful prawns and a refreshing relish to go along with it. We were ready for a heady lunch ahead of us.
I learned this chicken biryani recipe from an old chef at the Chateau. I still clearly remember my drive on my car rental Mauritius along the beautiful coastline.
The chef told me that there was something peculiar and indigenous about the traditional biryani he had in Mauritius as a kid.
And he was kind enough to share his recipe with me.
After all, he could see my love for food.
Although our lunch had a lot of dishes, here I’d like to share what my friends loved the most.
Mauritian Chicken Biryani
Long grain basmati rice 500 grams
Chicken – big pieces 1 kilogram
Crushed cardamoms 2
Cinnamon Stick 1
Salt 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Onion paste 2 tbsp
Onion garlic paste 1 tbsp
Roasted and ground cinnamon 1 tbsp
Juice of 1 lemon
Yoghurt 1 cup
Mint leaves (chopped)
Coriander leaves (chopped)
Salt (to taste)
Green chillies 2
Potatoes (cut in quarters) 2
Onions (thinly sliced) 2
Saffron heads boiled in milk reserve ½ tsp
Oil (for deep frying)
- Marinate the chicken with garam masala, 1 tsp salt, onion paste, lemon juice, roasted cinnamon powder, green chillies, coriander and mint leaves and onion garlic paste.
- Half fry the chicken and also deep fry the potatoes. Keep aside
- Now fry the thinly sliced onions until they turn brown.
- In a cooking pan bring water to a boil and add the rice. Add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds and salt. When half cooked drain and keep aside.
- In another vessel add some oil and arrange the chicken pieces with coriander-mint and fried onions. Add enough water to cover the chicken.
- Next add a layer of fried potatoes and some half cooked rice on top.
- Pour the saffron infused milk and the remaining herbs on top. Add the remaining fried onions on tops.
- Cover the pan and cook and high heat for 10 minutes. Simmer and cook for another 30 minutes.
- Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
- Serve with pickles and salads.
Why I Will Always Love Mauritian Cuisine
My taste buds can still recall some amazing food that I tried on my holiday.
If you are ever planning to head out to this island make sure that you pre-book a car rental Mauritius.
Drive around soaking in all the sun and take a pit stop at every food shop you see.
Well, that’s what I did. And trust me I made the best out of my stay in Mauritius.
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