There are many food dishes to try in Mauritius! Over the years, the Mauritian cuisine has blended with spices with influences from Indian, Creole, African and Chinese cuisine. Many of their dishes that contain vegetables, meat, chicken or sea food is grown locally on the island. Curries and other Indian dishes entered Mauritian culture in the 1830s, with the importation of Indian labourers to work on the sugar plantations. By 1845, Indians comprised around one third of the population of Mauritius.
As some of you may now, I’m not very adventurous in my food and with my dairy and gluten intolerances, it has left me very little options to explore dishes from across the globe, but, in Mauritius, I dared to be a little open thanks to some of the restaurants where the chef was able to adjust some ingredients according to my dairy-free and intolerance needs.
Here are 10 foods to try when in Mauritius
1. Salmon Tandoori – A spicy infused with yogurt sauce makes this first dish a huge intolerance alarm for my gut! However, I’ve had my party order it for and try it instead and had to add it on my list! Try it at the Indian Restaurant Safran at Shangri – La Le Touessrok Resorts and Spa and enjoy the other delicious cuisine by the chef, Ramesh Bundi.
2. Fish curry with coconut rice – Blended with Mauritius spices, this dish was one of my favorites when made especially for me at Constance Prince Maurice
3. Chicken or Shrimp curry mixed with coconut rice – With all the Mauritius spices blending with different cultures, the chicken curry in Mauritius is definitely on the top of the list!
4. Vanilla Tea – One of the most popular drinks from the Mauritian cuisine is the Vanilla Tea. Locally grown black tea is mixed with Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka and vanilla flavoring imported from all South Africa. This gives, what is commonly known as, the Vanilla Tea.
5. Banane flambée – An incredible dish made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum. Extra points for the ones that add fried pineapples to it! The first time I tried it was at Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resorts and Spas Mauritian buffet themed night in Le Bazar. Highly recommended it.
6. Rougaille – A popular Creole dish – a kind of tomato stew – made with meat or fish, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and thyme.
7. Palm Heart Salad (Also known as Millionair’s salad)
8. Gâteau Piment – Also known as Mauritian Dhal fritters with chilli and one of the most popular snacks and street food
9. Dholl Puri – The flat bread that can be eaten with anything and everything!
10. Mauritian Pineapples – Are usually sweeter than any other pineapples! In Mauritius, almost every dish is combined with pineapple and adds a delicious twist to the cuisine. Eat them fresh, raw, cooked, grilled, frozen, in spices…