Recipe: “Henan’ Omby Ritra”

This “Henan’ Omby Ritra” dish is a classic one from Madagascar’s culinary heritage, and normally contains zebu. This delicious version is served only on special order for our guests. Ask any of our chefs at Constance Tsarabanjina for it & they will put all their love and passion into preparing it.

"Henan' Omby Ritra"

“Henan’ Omby Ritra”

Ingredients

The meat:

  • 1.5kg zebu (rump, chuck or cheek). May be replaced by beef
  • 2g black pepper
  • 10g garlic
  • 10g ginger
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • Peanut oil
  • 200g sealing dough (200g flour and 100ml water)
  • Salt/pepper

1. Brown the meat in oil in a casserole for 5 minutes with the chopped onion, crushed garlic, salt chopped tomatoes and ginger slices. Cover it with 0.5 litres of water and cook it for 15 minutes.

2. When the water has completely evaporated, let the meat brown before cooking it in the tomato sauce. Pour in 3 cups of water. Add the chopped pepper and cracked black pepper. Cover and finish it in the oven and let everything cool. Keep the compote of pepper confit.

3. Once the meat is completely cool, put it into another cast iron pot, add the remaining sauce, cover it with the lid and add a strip of sealing dough to ensure the whole thing is hermetically sealed and any evaporation is reduced to a minimum.

The garnish:

  • 200g black Chinese rice (Venere)
  • 20g butter
  • 1 onion
  • 4 potatoes
  • 100g spring onions
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper

1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water. Peel them and mash them with a fork, adding the olive oil and the chopped onion tails. salt it and set it aside.

2. Sweat the chopped onion in butter. Stir in the black rice until it goes white and cook it like risotto, adding the chicken stock as you go along until it is soft.

Finishing and presentation

Bake the sealed casserole in a hot oven at 160/170˚C for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove it from the oven and, using a small pairing knife, open the lid of the pot in front of the guests. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Accompany everything with the mashed potatoes and black rice. Serve the pepper compote with a spoon.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Strong fruity red wine:

  • Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Monbousquet, 2008 France
  • Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône, Domaine de Trévallon, 2008 France

Recipe: fromage blanc with strawberries and pumpkin seeds

Enjoy this summer’s bumper crop of strawberries with a recipe from Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius.

Star anise

Star anise

Serves 4:
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Marinating time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
600g fromage blanc
120g strawberries (keep 4 for garnishing)
3 sprigs of mint (keep 4 for garnishing)
1 star anise
2 tbsp shelled pumpkin seeds
2 tsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp honey

1. Toast the pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes in a 180°C oven.
2. Chop the mint leaves.
3. Coarsely crush the star anise and put it into an empty pepper mill.
4. Rinse, drain and tail the strawberries. Cut them into quarters. In a salad bowl, mix them with the olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint. Grind a little star anise on top and let rest for about 20 minutes.
5. Mix the fromage blanc with honey and grind some more star anise onto it.
6. Divide the strawberries into four elegant glasses, add the fromage blanc, then the pumpkin seeds. Grind some star anise on top and decorate with one whole strawberry and a mint leaf. Serve chilled.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your comments and pictures of your own fromage blanc with strawberries and pumpkin seeds. You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

You can also purchase the Constance Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.

Recipe: Carrot soup with cumin seeds and orange juice rocket leaves

Continuing our series of recipes from the luxury Constance kitchens, this week we’re sharing our carrot soup with cumin seeds and reduced orange juice rocket leaves.

Carrot soup with cumin seeds and reduced orange juice rocket leaves

Carrot soup with cumin seeds and reduced orange juice rocket leaves

Let us know how you get on and send us your comments and pictures of your own spicy carrot soup.

You can get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below.

Serves 4
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 100g potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 20g butter
  • 100ml crème fraîche
  • salt

For the juice:

  • 300ml orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 20g butter
  • a few rocket leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Peel the carrots, onion, garlic and potatoes. Slice carrots and onion separately. Finely dice the leek, celery and potatoes. Finely chop the garlic.
2. Sweat the onion, garlic, ginger, leek, carrots, cumin seeds and celery for 10 minutes in butter, without colouring. Add chicken stock, thyme, bay leaf and salt. Bring to the boil, add the potatoes and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
3. Add the crème fraîche, blend and sieve the soup. Check for seasoning.
4. Heat the orange juice until it is reduced by one third and syrupy.
5. Toast the cumin seeds in the oven at 180ºC for 5 minutes.
6. Add the reduced orange juice to the soup. Using a hand blender, blend the soup with the butter.
7. Divide the soup into 4 bowls, decorate with the rocket leaves, add a streak of olive oil and sprinkle with cumin seeds.

You can also purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and 50 more from our online store.

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.