Mauritius Food is a fine mixture of British, French, Chinese, Indian, African and Creloe cuisines, with many dishes that have been unique to Mauritius only. Slow-braised European daubes are cooked along with Indian pickles, curries and bread. On the side, you will find stir fried Chinese noodles as well, all made with locally available ingredients. Nowhere else on earth will you find such variety on a single table.
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Common Mauritius Food Ingredients
The main ingredients used in Mauritius Food are onions, tomatoes, chillies and garlic, which when combined together, create a wonderful tasting sauce, which is commonly known as “rougaille” by the locals. A number of other ingredients can be incorporated into rougaille, such as seafood, meats and vegetables. The prepared Mauritius Food is then eaten with rice and pickles. Spices like cloves, cinnamon, turmeric and cardamom are also used generously in almost every dish of Mauritius Food.
Even though Indian cuisine has influence Mauritius Food greatly due to the large Indian population on the island, Mauritian curries are distinct and unique. Unlike Indian curries, Mauritius Food hardly contains coconut milk and mostly feature popular European herbs such as thyme. The seafood and meat variety is also different from that of Indian cuisine, as Mauritians mostly prefer duck and octopus.
Popular Snacks and Mauritius Food
There are a few Mauritius Food items that you absolutely must try while on a holiday to this gorgeous island:
• Samosas: Indian pasties filled with mashed potatoes and spices.
• Gateaux bringelles: cakes made from egg plant
• Vindaye: pickled meat eaten with rice or bread
• Gateaux pomme de terre: cakes made of potato
• Batons fromages: cheese sticks
• Bulettes: another specialty of Mauritius Food consisting of steamed balls made of vegetables, tofu and chicken/meat. Bulettes are served with fresh chives and are extremely popular
• Daube de poisson: fish stew
• Curry de cerf: deer curry
• Civet de lievre: rabbit cooked in red wine
• Mines frire: a famous Mauritius Food which consists of noodles fried in peanut oil, sesame oil, soya sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, fish sauce, sugar, eggs, fish and vegetables
• Brigele frire: fritters made from egg plant
• Mari bon: beef biryani
• Gratin de morue: mashed potatoes and salted cod
After Delicious Mauritius Food, Comes Dessert!
Mauritians are fond of desserts, which is why you will find a huge variety of French-influenced shortbreads and tarts filled with pastry cream and bananas. Other than savory Mauritius Food, there are some desserts that you must try when you’re on the island including:
• Massepain: a very sweet cake
• Gateau gingli rier: tiny balls covered with sesame seeds
• Ladou: small cookies made of almonds, grated coconut, sugar, nutmeg and gram flour
• Tarta banane: tartlets containing sugar, white flour, water, ripe bananas and butter
Authentic Mauritius Drinks to Enjoy with Your Mauritius Food
It is not just the exquisite Mauritius Food that you have to try, you also have to have a taste of some of the popular drinks of Mauritius:
• Fresh coconut milk
• Alouda, which is an almond flavoured milk drink
• Tamarind juice
• Falooda, a rose syrup with tapioca seeds and vermicelli
Package Holidays to Mauritius are Often Inclusive of Mauritius Food
Mauritius holidays are popular not just for the delectable but also for sun, sand and relaxation. A number of packages are available for you to choose from, depending on how you wish to spend your holiday. For those booking a Mauritius Holiday, All Inclusive packages are often popular, particularly for families, but there are lots of other options available and your specialist Mauritius travel consultant can help you to choose from a variety of packages. These package holidays to Mauritius include accommodation and various amenities in a particular part of the island such as:
• Anse Le Raie
• Bel Ombre
• Belle Mare
• Blue Bay
• Cap Malheureux
• Flic en Flac
• Grand Baie
Each of these localities offers absolutely amazing holidaying experiences, so you can choose one that you like the best.
Award Winning Mauritius Food at Luxury Hotels in Mauritius
There’s simply no doubt that the Luxury Hotels in Mauritius enhance the island’s appeal. Whether you’re planning to reside at one of the island’s elegant hotels, dining at their exquisite restaurant or planning to indulge in a luxury beauty treatment, below we have listed a selection of our bestselling Luxury Hotels in Mauritius.
• Four Seasons Hotel
• Le Victoria
• Le Saint Geran
• Les Pavillions
• La Plantation Resort
• Beau Rivage
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