The Mauritian cuisine is a unique mix of French, British, Indian, Chinese and Creole culinary and cooking traditions, making it full of history and knowledge.
Whether you are traveling on a holiday to Mauritius or recently moved here, it would be worthwhile to taste the local Mauritian food.
Mauritian Main Courses and Dishes
Some of the recommended Mauritian meals and dishes to try are listed below.
A rice based dish similar to Indian Biryani, is the Mauritian Briyani. It is made with spices (such as cloves, crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise, saffron and cumin), rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. It is cooked in a steel pot called a ‘deg’
Boulette descends from the Chinese cuisine - they are steamed dumplings made out of meat, chicken, tofu or vegetables and are usually served in a clear stock with fresh chives. Some varieties include "saw mai", "niuk yan" (meat balls) and "teo kon" (tofu).
Curry de cerf
Mauritius does not have much game meat locally available but of the few, deer meat is a favorite. The deer meat is cooked in a dry curry and is accompanied with white rice, lentils and chutney.
A stew cooked in a saucy mixture of onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. Daube is part of the typical Creole cuisine and is cooked with fish, meat or chicken. It served with basmati rice or bread.
A strong contender of the national dish of Mauritius is the dholl puri. This is a kind of flat bread stuffed with yellow split peas and toasted on a griddle. It is served, wrapped with curries such as rougaille, butter bean curry and a spicy coriander chutney.
Du riz frire (Fried rice)
Cooked in a similar manner of Mauritian fried noodles, rice is tossed in a wok with soy sauce, fish sauce, chicken, shrimp and/or egg. Mixed vegetables can be added in, and it is also served with garlic sauce and chili.
Mines frire (Fried noodles)
A Mauritian chowmein, also known as fried noodles. The noodles get fried in a wok with garlic, soya sauce, fish sauce, salt and pepper with cabbage, carrots, chicken, shrimp and eggs It is served with garlic sauce and chili.
Octopus can be cooked in various dishes. It can be cooked as a curry, with curry powder, herbs and tomatoes or in a vindaye, which is a classic spicy dish made with turmeric, mustard garlic and chili. Similarly it may be included in a salad.
Rougaille poisson salé
This dish could possibly be the national dish of Mauritius as it is a very popular in Mauritian households. A tomato-based sauce, Rougaille, is cooked with salted fish, though other proteins can be added to the sauce instead of salted fish.
Vindaye a kind of a pickled dish eaten with bread or rice, with a rather distinctive flavour. It often includes fish, cooked with turmeric, mustard, garlic, onions and chilies. Other meats, octopus and vegetables can be substituted instead of fish.