Recipe: Constance Spicy Chicken Legs – Mauritius style

Le Prince Maurice L'Archipel

Le Prince Maurice - L'Archipel

We like to share some of our chef’s finest recipes so that you can experience the Constance luxury experience when you are at home. This week we would like to share with you our recipe for spicy chicken legs Mauritius style.

Remember when making this dish our chefs recommend giving yourself a day to let the chicken marinate. They also recommend using a tandoor oven but if you dont have access a regular oven will be just fine.

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your very own spicy chicken legs. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Spicy Chicken Legs

Preparation Time: 25 minutes marinating time: 26 hours

Cooking Time: 1 1/4 Hour

Draining Time: 24 Hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg boned chicken legs
  • juice of lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chunk ginger

For the marinade: 20 cl plain yogurt, drained in a cloth for 24 hours, 1 level tsp powdered cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp yellow chilli powder.

For the tomato sauce: 50 cl tomato coulis, 80 g finely chopped onions, 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic, 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger, 2 sprigs thyme, 20 cl plain yogurt, 30 g untoasted cashew nuts, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 2 blades ofrnace, l/2 tsp garam masala,1 level tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp powdered coriarider seeds, 1/2 tsp powdered cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp chart masala (a mix of black salt and sour mango powder), red chilli powder to taste (if you want a spicy dish), 2 tbsp vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

Two days in advance, cut each chicken leg into 3 pieces. Put all the chicken legs in a dish with the lemon juice and chopped garlic. Grate the ginger on top, mix and marinate for 2 hours. The juice will tenderize the meat.

Mix the marinade ingredients, add them to the chicken, mix well, cover and refrigerate for for 24 hours.

Cooking Instructions

  1. On the day you want to serve the dish, grill the chicken in a hot oven (300 °C) for 10 minutes. If possible and you have one available, bake it in a tandoor oven, which gives it a slightly smoky taste.
  2. Blend the cashews into a thick paste with a little water.
  3. In a frying pan, sweat the onions, garlic, ginger and thyme in the oil for 2 minutes. Add the whole spices – coriander, cumin, fennel and mace – and cook for 1 more minute. Add the tomato sauce and stew for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the garam masala, salt, pepper, red chilli powder, powdered coriander, powdered cumin and chart masaia. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cashew paste, the turmeric and the chicken legs. Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Add yogurt (do not let it boil), correct seasoning and serve.
You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains these two recipes and 50 more from our online store.

Holiday inspiration: the wildlife of Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort, Mauritius

The tropical island of Mauritius, located around 900km east of Madagascar, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and rare plant and animal life in the world.

Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions 8-10 million years ago, Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands along with Reunion and Rodrigues.

Divided into nine districts, the capital of which is Port Louis in the north, the island is typically tropical around the coast, giving way to forests and mountains further inland.

Temperatures on the island can reach up to 31C during the summer months (December-March), lowering to 21C during the winter (June-September).

Conservation in Mauritius

Most famous for being the home of the now extinct dodo, Mauritius has a high level of wildlife not found in any other part of the world, but due to human activity much of its beautiful plant and animal life, much like the dodo, is dying out.

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The beautiful Mauritian Pink Pigeon is a conservation success story

The Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius parakeet and pink pigeon (right), all indigenous to the island, have been close to extinction in the past, but thanks to several dedicated conservation areas, numbers have increased.

The island’s main conservation area, the Black River Gorges National Park in the south west, is where visitors will find the most diverse range of flora and fauna endemic to Mauritius.

Acres of protected rainforest are the home to all the island’s indigenous birds, as well as the Mauritian flying fox.

Native plants and flowers

Most of the island’s 670 native species of flowering plants can also be found at Black River Gorges, although the Mauritian national flower, Trochetia Boutoniana, or Boucle d’Oreille, can only be found on the slopes of Le Morne Brabant.

The orange-red bell-like flower grows from June to October and produces a nectar thought to attract geckos. The plant itself can reach up to 3m tall and is relatively rare.

 

A beautiful Takamaka tree

A beautiful Takamaka tree

Other native plants include the Mauritius ebony tree, takamaka tree and various palms, although several introduced plants such as the Chinese guava and frangipani can also be found on the island.

Spectacular coral reefs surround the island, offering a diverse and colourful array of marine life.

A resident pod of dolphins inhabit the area off the coast of Flic en Flac in the west, offering visitors a chance to swim with the friendly creatures, while regular boat excursions and snorkeling and diving trips offer the chance to get up close and personal with other marine life such as turtles, clown ‘Nemo’ fish and even sharks for the more daring visitor.

The turquoise ocean is also home to a raft of other popular fish including tuna, barracuda and lobsters.

For those without sea legs the white Mauritian beaches plays host to a number of beautiful shells washed up from the shores.

About Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience offers luxury holiday experiences in Mauritius, the Maldives, Madagascar and the Seychelles. See our hotel links on the right for more information.

Picture credit: to see more shots like our main featured image, the Tortoise, please see Joachim Mueller’s photostream on Flickr.

Spotlight: Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

All of our luxury hotels offer something unique and special for our guests. We’ve already told you more about our latest luxury experience in the Maldives – Moofushi, the Jewel Island.

This week, we thought we’d tell you more about our other Maldivian luxury experience – the Constance Halaveli, floating on the North Ari Atoll.

This five star resort is perfect for honeymooning couples, divers, families and those who simply want luxury, peace and quiet. With 86 villas, 3 restaurants and a spa, it’s a wonderful place to relax, recharge and enjoy the peace – perfect for those with a hectic life who are looking to get away from it all.

 

Italian dining experience at Constance Halaveli Resort

Italian dining experience at Constance Halaveli Resort

Luxury dining
As you know, at Constance Hotels, it’s all about the luxury experience – and that extends to our dining experiences. We don’t only want you to enjoy luxury, delicious food, we want this to be an experience you’ll remember and take away with you.

For example, last week, our culinary team at Halaveli brought a touch of Italy to the Maldives, with freshly authentic Italian produce coupled with a unique buffet display.

Not content with this, we also provided our guests with further knowledge about traditional Italian cuisine so they could fully immerse themselves in the dining experience. For the buffet, we also researched and displayed interesting facts about some of Italy’s most infamous dishes.

Dining on Jahaz beach

Dining on Jahaz beachFor the buffet

In addition to our 3 restaurants, no visit to Halaveli would be complete without a romantic dinner on either Jahaz Beach or the reclusive Contemplative Garden.

Friday night BBQs

Friday Nights at Halaveli mean Beach BBQs! Every Friday our teams treat our guests to a casual buffet dinner on Jahaz Beach, with live music and the freshest seafood.

Bonfire on the beach

Bonfire on the beach

There are jazz singers, bonfires on the beach and much more.

Celebrations for everyone

The Constance Halaveli family is made up of a vast range of nationalities and cultures, so we try to embrace as many festivals and events as we can.

For example, last week, we celebrated New Year for Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

And last Sunday, we celebrated Easter in various different ways – for example, we have a Black Pearl Hunt at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius.

You can learn more and book online for the Constance Halaveli here.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter Sunday

Kakoo kids clubs

Enjoying the sun at Constance Belle Mare Plage

If you celebrate Easter, everyone here at Constance Hotels Experience wishes you a wonderful day, whether you’re celebrating at one of our luxury experience hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Madagascar, or you’re enjoying our Black Pearl hunt at Constance Belle Mare Plage or you’re simply at home enjoying the day with family and friends.

Have a wonderful day!

Hunt for Black Pearls this Easter in Mauritius

Is there a clue for the pearl hunt by the pool at the Constance Belle Mare Plage?

Is there a clue for the Easter Black Pearl hunt by the pool at the Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius?

Celebrating Easter at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius isn’t all about chocolate – although of course, our fantastic culinary experts do create some wonderful desserts, chocolates and pastries for the occasion.

Even more exciting than chocolate (if that’s possible) this Easter weekend is our Black Pearl hunting extravaganza.

Designed as a fun new take on the classic Easter egg hunt, our Black Pearl hunt helps guests to explore our luxury resort, learn more about Mauritius, its history and of course enjoy themselves in the process.

The hunt will run in collaboration with Atelier by William. Participants will need to search throughout different locations in our luxury hotel resort to find answers to clues and qualify for a prize draw.

Taking place this Easter Sunday (24 April), the winners get an amazing prize of a Black Pearl worth from 10,000 to 15,000 Mauritian Rupees.

Climbing wall launched in luxury Seychelles resort

Climbing in a luxury setting at the Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

Climbing at the Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles

As you know, at Constance Hotels Experience, we’re all about creating a unique, exciting and exceptional luxury experiences for our guests.

With that in mind, we’re always looking for new ways to give our guests something extra – and this time we’ve come up with a thrilling and unique addition to our luxury experience.

Already incredibly popular with honeymooning couples and divers (see our top 3 dive spots in Seychelles), the Constance Ephelia Resort now proudly sports an amazing climbing wall for guests of all ages and climbing ability to enjoy, too.

 

The wall allows a beautiful climbing experience with both artificial and natural routes. Feedback from guests so far has been extremely positive.

 

Who can use the climbing wall?
The wall can be enjoyed by anyone from 6 years to 60+ years.

Do I have to be an expert climber?
Absolutely not. The experience is very safe as people are fully attached in a harness. Instructors can  – discreetly – help you up in the more difficult passages. Men, women and children can enjoy this wonderful, unique experience in the heart of the Seychelles.

Advanced climbers are welcome at the Constance Ephilia, Seychelles

Advanced climbers are welcome

Is there anything for advanced climbers?
Advanced climbers can enjoy the walls and there are advanced climbing courses where people can learn how to use the equipments, climbing techniques, safety procedures and more.

What time do climbs take place?
Operating staff are fairly flexible on the hours you can climb, although early morning and late afternoon are cooler than midday.

They will adjust to your wishes but as a general rule of thumb, climbing takes place between 8am and 6pm.

Is there more coming soon?
Soon, we will also be offering some other cliff climbing on Mahe island as well as a zip wire and canopy ride in the next couple of months.

More information? Visit the Constance Ephelia Resort website.