Recipe: Maldives chapatti and banana puri

The chapatti is from the same family as the rotis, the famous Indian breads eaten on every street corner of the subcontinent. These loaves emerged in the sixteenth century in Indian and their recipe has hardly changed since.

Constance Halavel's chapatti & banana puri recipe

Constance Halavel’s chapatti & banana puri recipe

This recipe from Constance Halaveli, is a modernised version of the original classic.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Chapatti:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 pinch of salt

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt, and using a wooden spatula, stir it while adding the olive oil and hot water. You will get a soft elastic dough, but not sticky.

2. On a lightly-floured worktop, knead the dough until it is smooth and fluffy.

3. Divide it into 10 equal portions, or fewer if you want larger loaves. Roll them into balls and let them rest for a few minutes.

Banana puri:

  • 30g flour
  • 30g salt
  • 20g pepper
  • 40g ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 60ml milk
  • Ghee vegetable butter plant: to taste

1. Make a firm but pliable dough and cover it with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.

2. Knead the dough gently. it should be firm enough to be able to spread without sticking.

3. Divide it into small balls and cover them with a damp cloth.

4. take a ball of dough, dip at an angle in a mixture of Ghee and oil and spread it into a round 13cm diameter shape. Do the same with the rest of the puris.

Finishing and presentation

The chapattis:

Heat a griddle and lightly grease it. Using a rolling pin, roll out the balls. They must be quite thin, like tortillas. When the griddle starts to smoke, add the chapatti and cook for about 30 seconds to produce a brown colour. Turn it over and cook it in the same way. Continue with the rest of the dough.

Banana puris:

Heat a wok filled with oil to 200˚C. Dip the puris in the oil. Using a slotted spoon, and while shaking them, make the puris rise by covering them with hot oil. This operation lasts only a few seconds. Turn the puris over and continue cooking then so that they go a nice golden brown colour.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

White aromatic wine:

  • Alsace Pinot blanc, “Mise de Printemps”, Josmeyer, 2009 France
  • Stellenbosch Neethlingshof, Gewürztraminer, 2010 South Africa.

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Daily Mail’s Carol Driver is won over by Constance Halaveli

With so many activities and such a rich marine life to explore, travel writer Carol Driver is wowed by how much there is to do at Constance Halaveli.

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

Giant Mantas in the Maldives

In her piece for Travel Mail Online, Driver admits, ‘The Maldives had never been on my radar – perhaps for all the wrong reasons. I had visions of being bored, stuck on a tiny island.

‘However, with an outdoor tennis court (which has been graced by none other than Roger Federer), and the possibility of windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing or heading out by catamaran, Halaveli has enough to keep even the most active occupied.’

What really excited Driver was the excellent diving in the area around Constance Halaveli, including the dive site Fish Head which she claims is the ‘most famous dive site in the Maldives’.

In her time at Halaveli Driver was thrilled to have her first encounter with a shark and to swim alongside a giant Manta.

She was also impressed by Halaveli’s accommodation claiming it was ‘indulgently spacious, with a bedroom, an entrance area and a bathroom that has an extravagant stand-alone bathtub.’

To read all about Carol Driver’s experience at Constance Halaveli go to the Mail Online website.

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Trip Advisor recognises Constance at 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

We are thrilled that Trip Advisor has listed Constance Hotels and Resorts in its Top 10 Hotels awards for Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar.

Constance Halaveli - Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Constance Halaveli – Trip Advisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards

Our hotels were recognised in the Trip Advisor 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards in both the luxury and romance sector.

Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage have been named in:

Maldives

Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli have been named in the:

Madagascar

To see the full list of award winners or to share your Constance experience by writing your own review, visit the Trip Advisor website.

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Guide to kids cooking classes at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli we want to share our passion for food made with fresh sumptuous ingredients.

Cooking classes at the Jing Restaurant

Cooking classes at the Jing Restaurant

Growing research has proved that children who are involved in making their food tend to be less fussy eaters and to eat more healthily. A fun kids cookery class can be a great introduction to eating healthily for life.

Our new children’s cookery classes are based on this philosophy, and will be led by one of our world-class chefs.

Taking place in the professional kitchen at Jing Restaurant, your kids will get the chance to create a range of delicious treats in a number of classes including Sushi (to share with mum and dad), vegetable lollipops, a pasta meal, fruit skewers in a fluffy fruit sauce and chocolate lollipops.

Classes are an hour long and usually start at 11am and they can be booked through one of our Guest Relations team. Further information and pre-booking can be made before your holiday with Guest Relations but should be confirmed on arrival.

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8 things to do in the Maldives

Dreamy villas, idyllic beaches, world-class diving and uber-luxurious spas make the Maldives the perfect antidote to urban living.

Aerial views of the Maldives

Aerial views of the Maldives

Once you’ve indulged in some proper R&R, there’s plenty more on offer too. Here’s our list of 8 things to do in the Maldives.

1. Visit a local fishing village

There is no better way to immerse yourself in traditional Maldivian island life than by visiting one of its fishing villages.

Fishing is at the very heart of Maldivian life and these villages are thriving local communities. Fish is sold daily at the beach or harbour and this is where locals gather and hang out.

2. Spend the day on a deserted island

The Maldives is made up of many atolls (rings of reef or coral islands). Take a boat and a picnic and spend the day on an untouched beach on your own deserted island, then swim in quiet waters for a uniquely Maldivian experience.

3. Night fishing

Set sail at sunset in a traditional dhoni (a wooden Maldivian fishing boat) and experience the tranquillity and peace of floating over the reef at night. Try the traditional Maldivian pole and line fishing technique, then take your catch back to shore where it can be cooked for a late night feast by a world-class chef.

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

Coral reefs at Constance Moofushi

4. Explore the Maldives by seaplane

The air is the perfect place from which to take in the stunning Maldives landscape of turquoise ocean scattered with beautiful coral islands of white sand and lush greenery. Pick out the luxury resorts and deserted islands from the air as well as the reefs and even some of the larger marine life. This is a once in a lifetime experience so be sure to bring a camera.

5. Explore the rich coral reefs

Whether you’re snorkelling or scuba diving the combination of stunning coral reefs and year-round high visibility has made the Maldives one of the reef diving hotspots of the world.

The sheer number of reefs in the area means that you can explore a different dive site every day with a wide variety of beautiful marine species from Giant Manta and Whale Sharks to turtles, lionfish, snappers and eels. The area has 187 different species of coral, home to more than 1,000 species of fish.

6. Visit the oldest mosque in the country

The Hukuru Miskiiy, or Friday Mosque, in the capital Malé dates back to the mid-17th century with outer coral-stone walls intricately carved with patterns and Arabic text. Inside, the elaborate woodcarvings are a stunning feature well worth visiting. Just opposite the mosque is the white Munnaaru Minaret, also dating back to the 17th century, historically used for calling the people of Malé to prayer.

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

7. Shop ‘til you drop in Malé

Whether you like the vibrant buzz of local markets or prefer shopping for arts and crafts or modern handbags and fashion there’s plenty to keep you happy in the country’s frenetically paced capital. The bustling Malé Fish Market at the northern waterfront where the fishermen from across the region bring their catch. Down the road is the general Local Market where produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, street food and handmade sweets from across the atolls are sold. For everything from clothes and perfume to electronic goods visit Majeedhee Magu and for souvenirs and local crafts check out Chaandanee Magu.

8. Experience the history of the Utheemu Palace

Utheemu Island in the Haa Alifu Atoll is famous as the birthplace of one of the Maldives’ greatest heroes, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu who defended the islands from the Portuguese in the 16th century. His stunning wooden palace is perfectly preserved on Utheemu and is a historic treasure showing how Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu and his wealthy dynasty of sultans lived.

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Constance’s Valentine’s Day cocktails

Celebrating the international day of romance, why not wow your loved one with these delicious Valentine’s Day cocktails?

Valentine's Day cocktails

Valentine’s Day cocktails

Cocktail 1: Mauritian Romance

Ingredients:

  • 4cl Pink Pigeon Vanilla Rum
  • 2cl Amareto liqueur
  • 4cl Fresh orange juice
  • 3cl Fresh pineapple juice.

Garnish:

1. Decorate with a slice of cherry orange.

Cocktail 2: The Ladies Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Vodka
  • 20ml Vanilla liqueur
  • 30ml Orange juice
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • A dash of pomegranate sirup.

Garnish:

The Ladies & Gentlemen cocktails

The Ladies & Gentlemen cocktails

1. Shake well.

2. Add a dash of agave sirup on the bottom of the glass

3. Garnish the inside of the glass with a loop of lemon puree

4. Decorate with an orange flower.

Cocktail 3: The Gentlemen Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Gin
  • 30ml Aperol
  • 100ml Pink grapefruit juice.

Garnish:

1. Shake well

2. Add ice cubes

3. Decorate with slices of heart shaped apple and watermelon, and a dash of Double Heart Red.

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