Seychellois cuisine: cooking with spices

The warm spices and rich flavours of Seychellois cuisine are gathered from the broad ethnic diversity of the country’s culture.

Seychellois cuisine

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Influences from France, Africa, India and Asia combine to create an intense, vibrant flavour unique to the Seychelles.

With its history as a producer of spices for the British Empire in its colonial past it is not surprising that fresh, fragrant spices such as chilli, ginger, garlic and cinnamon are at the heart of Seychelles cuisine.

Here are some of the key spices used in the Seychelles and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you to add a little Creole flavour to your cooking.

Chilli

There are more than 10 different varieties of chilli used in Seychellois cooking each with a distinct flavour and each used for different dishes.

Garlic

With its gentle warmth and intense flavour garlic represents the perfect fusion of European food with the heat of African and Asian cuisine.

Ginger

Ginger has always been central to Indian cuisine and is an important ingredient to many savoury and sweet dishes in the Seychelles. It has been popular with islanders throughout the country’s history for its savoury and medicinal properties. And this delicious recipe creates ice cream that’s medicinal in its own way.

Cinnamon

Grown on the hillside plantations of the Seychelles since colonial times the warm flavour of cinnamon is used in curries ‘cari’, chutneys ‘chatini’ and pickles ‘achar’.

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Recipe: Pan-roasted sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

Pan-fried sea bass with mild spices, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries

This week at Constance Hotels we’re showing you a fish recipe – pan roasted sea bass with mild spice, salad of warm spinach, asparagus and berries with an almond-green chilli vinaigrette.

Delicious and easy to make, it takes just 15 minutes to prepare.

Let us know what you think of the recipe or send us pictures of your own pan roasted sea bass. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Cardamon pods

Cardamon pods

Ingredients

4 sea bass fillets, 160g each
2 tbsp olive oil
4 star anise
4 small sticks cinnamon
4 cardamom pods
800g fresh spinach
400g asparagus
60g mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants)
1/4 bunch chervil
4 sprigs fresh mint
salt and pepper

For the almond-green chilli vinaigrette

5 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 fresh green chilli
1 red bell pepper
40g blanched almonds
salt and pepper

1. Tear off the central rib of each spinach leaf.
2. Clean the asparagus, cook them in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes, then cool them in iced water and drain them.
3. Make the vinaigrette: remove the seeds from the green chilli then cut it into thin julienne strips. Blanch them in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes, cool in iced water, drain and repeat twice.
4. Remove the seeds from the bell pepper, finely dice the flesh.
5. Toast the almonds for 10 minutes in a 180C oven. Chop them with a knife.
6. Mix the almonds, diced bell pepper, green chilli julienne, olive oil and lemon juice. Correct seasoning.
7. In a hot pan, sauté the sea bass fillets in the olive oil with the star anise, cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods. Keep warm. Reserve the whole spices for decoration at the end.
8. Sauté the spinach in a hot pan with the olive oil for 1 minute. At the last moment, add the asparagus, berries, mint leaves and chervil. Correc seasoning and put them in the middle of each plate. Top with the fish, pour a little vinaigrette around. Decorate with the reserved whole spices.

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