3 Local Mauritian Fruits to Serve As Curry In Your Plate!
NeeshtaAugust 22 20180 Comments
Nowadays fruits are used in salads, curries and are not just eaten raw.
We bring to you some of the most popular local fruits of Mauritius, which will definitely amaze your taste buds as ripened fruits or as a cooked curry.
Our tropical island is blessed with plenty of local fruits like mangoes, litchis and guavas, though they are often seasonal. The only reliable, all-year-round fruit is the banana which has multiple uses in our day to day cuisine. The banana may be eaten ripe or raw, whole or mashed, uncooked or cooked and added to various sweet or savoury preparations.
As we all know, bananas are a rich source of potassium and it packs a wide variety of health benefits. Likewise there are many several uses of banana in a cuisine.
Sauteed Banana fondly called as “Banane Râper” by most of the locals is one of the most famous and favourites dish of many. It is basically soft boiled vegetable, sauteed in a mix of spices and brought to a whole new level of aroma by adding the most using ingredients by locals which are fresh herbs and turmeric powder. Sauteed banana is most popular as a traditional wedding style food.
Jackfruit, sometimes simply known as “Jack” by the locals, is consumed either ripe or raw, as are the seeds. The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and a popular food item throughout the tropical regions of the world, Mauritius being no exception. Jackfruit can be used as an alternative for meat.
Ripe jackfruit is naturally sweet, with devious flavoring. It can be used to make a variety of dishes, including custards, cakes or it can simply be consumed as a fruit. The seeds from ripe fruits are edible, and are said to have a milky and sweet taste. They may be boiled, baked, or roasted. Moreover, in Mauritius, it is mostly cooked as a vegetable curry mixed with masala and other spices or sauteed. It is also used in weddings by the Hindu communities like the Tamil and Telugu community. Jackfruit is one of the seven curries given during dinner time at weddings or at religious prayers. Jackfruit is also fried and cooked in vegetarian biryani.
Breadfruit is popular in Mauritius and it is cultivated in large amounts for use in all sorts of meals. Ripe breadfruit can be bought at the local market and be consumed as a regular fruit. Like the banana and jackfruit, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or raw as a vegetable. Fully ripe fruits, being sweeter, are baked whole with a little water in the pan and butter and sugar are added in the cavity, and served. Others may serve the baked fruit with butter, salt and pepper. Ripe fruits may be diced and steamed and seasoned in the same manner as the baked fruits. The steamed fruit is sometimes sliced, rolled in flour and deep fried.