3 unusual dishes from the Seychelles

The cuisine of the Seychelles is a warm, fragrant fusion of influences from Africa, France, China, India and England.

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Known locally as Creole cuisine, the dishes in the Seychelles are flavoured by the rich local spices which historically grew in plantations and were shipped across Europe.

Chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon all play a major part in the warm seafood and meat curries and marinades often served with rice and chatini (a mild, vinegary chutney of fruit or vegetable).

As a series of remote islands, the ingredients for many of the traditional Seychellois dishes were based on locally available ingredients.

Here are some of the popular dishes requested by guests at Constance Lémuria, Praslin and Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

1. Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni with Snapper

This delicious recipe from Constance Ephélia blends the warm flavours of Creole curry with sweet banana to create the perfect accompaniment for fresh fish.

2. Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created by the chefs at Constance Lémuria this dish uses 100% Seychellois ingredients including the traditional papaya, tuna and palm kernels.

3. Recipe: Octopus salad

Using freshly octopus and garden vegetables, this is a delicious salad that uses local lemongrass to add some zing.

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Recipe: Chicken and pineapple salad

This light chicken and pineapple salad, created by Chef Nalinda of Constance Lémuria, is perfect for eating outdoors on long sunny days.

Nalinda's chicken and pineapple salad

Nalinda’s chicken and pineapple salad

Ingredients

  • 2 single chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 pineapple, peeled and cut into thin 3cm pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped spring onion, toasted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

1. Cut the chicken fillets in half lengthways. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly, then cut into thin slices.

3. Combine the chicken and pineapple with mayonnaise, celery and chopped spring onion. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Recipe: Asian marinated BBQ Chicken

This fragrant chicken marinade created by Chef Alexis Voisin combines rich traditional Asian flavours.

Marinated BBQ chicken at Constance Lémuria

Marinated BBQ chicken at Constance Lémuria

The Asian marinated barbecued chicken is one of the most popular dishes among guests at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles and is a perfect marinade to spice up your chicken at home for a summer barbecue.

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 1.3kg chicken leg (without bone)
  • 70g oyster sauce
  • 50g honey
  • 50g grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 5g pepper (black or white)
  • 20g sugar
  • 20g chicken powder

Marinated BBQ Chicken

1. Put the boneless chicken leg in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and keep for at least 3 hours before grilling or roasting.

2. Place the chicken legs on the heated BBQ until the chicken is done.

3. Serve with steamed rice or barbecue fare such as salads and breads.

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2 ways to cook fish in the Seychelles

Chef Aviraj Pareeague from Constance Lémuria shares his knowledge of fish and how to cook them Seychellois style.

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands spreads over 1,200km, including large areas of national marine parks. Plentiful in the clear waters of our beautiful lagoons, fish is one of the main staples of Seychellois cuisine and features on everyone’s table almost every day.

Bourgeois (the most popular), Jobfish, Carangue, Vieille rouge, Vieille grise, Gueule longue, Bécune, Parrot fish, Madame berry, Maero, Kakatwa, Bonite… are found every day at the local markets or at stalls along the roads, caught and sold by local fishermen. The call of a conch shell announces a fresh catch and locals hurry to buy the fresh fish.

At Constance Lémuria, we have the freedom to create a selection of delectable dishes. But most of the time, thanks to the excellent quality of the product, a fish perfectly cooked, either steamed or grilled, with a Creole sauce, a side and some fresh vegetables, is just perfect.

Here is one of our Parrot fish recipes from the Beach Bar & Grill restaurant located on the beautiful Petite Anse Kerlan.

Recipe: Pan seared Parrot fish with local spices, breadfruit mash, banana curry, Chayote comfit and light curry sauce

Ingredients (Serves 2)

Breadfruit mash:

  • 400g breadfruit
  • 1L chicken stock
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 2g curry powder
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Peel the breadfruit and cut it into big chunks. Place it in an oven tray, cover with chicken stock, curry leaves, curry powder, salt and pepper and seal tight with aluminum foil.

Bake for 25 to 30 min at 180ºC (or till soft). Mash the breadfruit with butter and chicken stock (as needed to obtain a soft mash). Season to taste and set aside.

Fish in the Seychelles: Bourgeois

The vibrant Bourgeois

Banana curry:

  • 400g of banana St Jacques
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 30g chopped onions
  • 10g chopped garlic
  • 10g of chopped ginger
  • 4g turmeric
  • 4g curry powder
  • 20g of diced peeled tomatoes
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Blanch the banana St Jacques with their skins in boiling water for 30 min or till soft.

Cool down, remove the skin and grate the flesh. Set aside.

Sautée garlic, ginger and onion in butter till light brown then add curry leaves, turmeric, curry powder and mix together.

Add the grated banana to the pan and mix together well. Finally add the tomato. Season to taste.

Chayote confit:

  • 200g chayote
  • 6g aniseed
  • 6g sugar
  • 5g butter

Peel the chayote and slice it very thin (1mm). Comfit in a pan using the butter, sugar and aniseed for 5-6 min on a low heat. Set aside.

Light curry sauce:

  • 200ml fish stock
  • 30g chopped garlic
  • 20g chopped ginger
  • 20g of chopped onion
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 5g curry powder
  • 4g turmeric
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sautée in a pan the onion, garlic and ginger till light brown.

Add the curry powder, turmeric, curry leaves and mix well.

Add the fish stock and reduce by half. Now add the coconut milk powder and bring to the boil.

Blend the sauce. Pass it through sieve, montee with butter, season to taste.

Fish in the Seychelles

Fish in the Seychelles

For decoration:

  • 1 banana St Jacques
  • Sliced coconut
  • 10 curry leaves

Slice the banana longwise to a thickness of 1mm and deep fry in oil at 170ºC, then dry on paper towel.

Dry out the thin slices of coconut in an oven at 140ºC.

Deep fry the curry leaves in hot oil and dry on paper towel.

For presentation:

  • Sear the Parrot fish in oil and butter on both side and then finish the cooking in a hot oven
  • Heat the breadfruit mash and banana curry and place nicely in the bowl
  • Decorate with banana chips, dry coconut slice and deep fried curry leaves and lemon.
  • Place the sauce in a dip bowl

Recipe II: Fish Carpaccio

We couldn’t resist giving you this delicious carpaccio recipe… quick, healthy and delicious.

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 3kg fish
  • 500g mixed salad
  • 50g chopped shallots
  • 500g carrots
  • 500g turnips
  • 500g oranges
  • 500g lime
  • Handful of parsley
  • 200ml Olive oil
  • Salt and white pepper powder to taste

Make your citrus dressing using orange and lime juice reduction, then whisk it with olive oil and add some mustard seed. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut the fish in thin slices, place it flat on the plate then add sea salt, white pepper powder and chopped shallots, then add your dressing and petit crouton.

On top you can add your mixed salad together with your carrots, chopped in a julienne style, with olive oil and vinaigrette.

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Recipe of the Week: Bread with green mango pickles

Our chefs at Constance Le Prince Maurice are always striving to create new delicious and interesting flavour combinations for our guests.

Bread rolls with mango pickles

Bread rolls with mango pickles

By blending his passion for artisan baking techniques with his love of classic Mauritian flavours, Chef Isreeparsund Roshan has developed this unique buttery, sweet and sour dough.

Bread rolls with mango pickles

Ingredients (makes 20 rolls):

  • 10g fresh yeast
  • 25ml warm water
  • 500g pasta flour T65
  • 10g fine salt
  • 35g caster sugar
  • 15g trimoline
  • 50g milk powder
  • 200ml iced water
  • 400g mango pickles
  • 265g butter extra dry (for layering)

1. Mix the fresh yeast with 25 ml of warm water, add the flour, salt, sugar, trimoline, powdered milk and iced water in a mixer until the dough is smooth. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

2. Crush the mango pickles.

3. Spread the dough and add extra dry butter in the center, fold and give 3 single turns like puff pastry, allow 30mns rest between each turn.

4. After completing, allow to rest in a cold place for 1 hour approximately.

5. Spread the dough and lay down the crushed mango pickles. Roll like raisin bread.

6. Place the roll in the fridge for half an hour, then cut 2cm thick.

7. Put in room temperature and let rise up for 30 minutes.

8. Pre heat the oven 180°C vent and cook for 20 minutes.

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Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created at Constance Lémuria in 2006, this tuna ravioli dish uses 100% Seychelles products (papaya, tuna, palm kernel). Since then, our guests have forbidden us to remove the dish from the menu.

Constance Lémuria's Tuna Ravioli

Constance Lémuria’s Tuna Ravioli

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Fish and papaya compote:

  • 1kg yellow fin tuna loin
  • 1 semi-ripe papaya
  • 10g honey
  • 1 tea bag

1. Cut the tuna into 0.5cm thick slices, flatten them gently and set the aside. Make a small tartar with the trimmings from the tuna.

2. Peel the papaya and dice it into 0.5cm pieces. Store it.

3. Heat the honey in a small saucepan, add the papaya and the tea bag, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and cool it in a chiller. Store it.

4. Spread twelve thin slices of tuna on the work surface. Add a teaspoon of papaya compote, then another twelve slices of tuna.

5. Using a three-inch diameter pastry cutter, press down gently to form the ravioli. There should be no air inside. Take another cutter, this time four centimeters in diameter and cut the ravioli.

6. Set them out on a plate with cling film over it, and put them in the fridge.

The garnish:

The smoked kernel:

  • 1/2 heart of palm kernel, fresh
  • Filao shavings: as required
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Coconut oil: as required
  • Salt/pepper

1. Peel and cut the edible part of the palm and drop it onto a smoke-rack for 10 minutes.

2. Cut out twelve one-inch-thick cylinders. Add the coconut oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.

The vanilla oil:

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Olive oil: as required
  • Lime juice: as required

1. Split the vanilla pod and keep the seeds.

2. Put the oil and lemon juice in a bowl, add the vanilla and whisk well. Store it.

The rocket and coconut salad:

  • 100g rocket
  • 1/2 dry coconut
  • 80g ripe papaya

1. Use a peeler to get some coconut shavings. Store them.

2. Wash the rocket and store it.

3. Cut the papaya into cubes and store it.

Finishing and presentation

Arrange three slices of palm on a square plate. On each of them, place a tuna ravioli.

Arrange the seasoned tuna tartar in the middle of the plate with some small capers, and finish it off with the rocket salad, the shaved dry coconut and diced papaya.

Top it off with vanilla oil on the ravioli and a little salt.

Sommelier’s suggested wine

Bold white woody wine:

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, 2009 France
  • hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hamilton Russell Chardonnay, 2009 South Africa

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