The island of Mauritius has a unique blend of different ethnicities that have all had an influence on the island’s cuisine.
The African, Indian, Asian and European influences are evident in the delicious, spicy cuisine of the region. Creole pickles and fried vegetables sit alongside spicy Indian curries, Chinese noodles and European inspired dishes.
Here is our run down of 5 of the most popular fruits and spices used in Mauritian cuisine and some inspirational recipes created by our Constance Chefs.
Pineapple is one of the many fruits that grows all year round in the tropical climate of Mauritius. Freshly picked pineapple is always available at local markets and street stalls on the island, and pineapple sprinkled with chilli salt is a popular Mauritian snack. Watch our video for how to peel a pineapple and add the chilli salt.
- Recipe with pineapple: Pineapple and watermelon sandwich with cinnamon French Toast
There are over 50 different varieties of mango in Mauritius, the most common being the Maison Rouge, Baissac and Dauphine. Each has a slightly different flavour and colour and all are enjoyed as snacks or ingredients in local recipes.
- Recipe with mango: Mango and ginger ice cream
A popular spice in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, turmeric has become an important spice in Mauritius. The island also provides the perfect conditions for growing the spice, which is part of the ginger family.
- Recipe with turmeric: Turmeric flavoured yellow lentil soup with free range chicken breast
The gentle heat of chillies, including the cari chilli, permeates much of Mauritian cooking. With influences from the spice-rich foods of India, Asia and Africa, chilli plays an important role in both savoury and sweet dishes.
- Recipe with cari chilli: Roasted aubergine chatini with peanuts and fritters of cari chilli
One of the world’s most expensive spices by weight, cardamom is native of India, Nepal and Bhutan and is often used to add a rich warmth to curries.
- A recipe bringing together many of the flavours of Mauritius including star anise, cinnamon, cardamon and chilli: Pan-roasted sea bass with mild spices and salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries
- Culinary adventures around Mauritius with Sarah Duff on the Getaway Blog: Top 25 things to eat and drink in Mauritius