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21 Things Everyone Needs To Eat in Mauritius

A list of 21 Things Everyone needs to eat in Mauritius.

For a tiny island of only 1 million people, Mauritius has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture, infused with influences from its mélange of inhabitants (Creole, French, Chinese and Indian people). The island is also blessed with fertile soil, so the local produce is incredible – from super-sized vegetables to sweet fruits.

1. Mauritius Dholl Puri

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Dholl Puri is undoubtedly the most popular street food in Mauritius. These Mauritian flatbreads have a filling of cooked yellow split peas. They’re served warm wrapped around curries, achards (pickled vegetables) and chutneys to make a yummy snack.

2. Mauritius Seafood

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Mauritius is one of the leading exporters of seafood in Africa, with most of it being taken to Europe. You will love the country because of the fresh seafood in the menu of most hotels; and the fact that they have mastered the art of preparing mouth-watering seafood cuisines. Mouth-watering seafood is a real treat in Mauritius. If you wish to experiment, try baby octopus curry with bread, a real delicacy. You can also sample giant prawns, lobsters and crab dishes.

3. Mauritius Mazavaroo

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Mazavaroo is a traditional Mauritian recipe for a classic spicy relish of chillies, onions, baby prawns, garlic and ginger cooked in an olive oil and lemon juice base that’s stored in a jar topped with olive oil.  This mazavaroo is like gold, I can’t emphasize how good it taste.

4. Mauritius Gajak

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In Mauritius, snacking on “gajaks”, often over a drink, is an almost daily ritual, even more popular during festive periods. They are delicious little titbits, come in a variety of forms and are full of flavour.

5. Mauritius – Dim Sum

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If the name is not familiar to you, Dim Sum is the Cantonese term for a type of dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate.

6. Mauritius – Fish Vindaye

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Vindaye is a refreshing fish curry originating from the Indian cuisine in Mauritius

7. Mauritius Alouda Glace

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You simply cannot call yourself a Mauritian or visit Mauritius Island without even having a glass of “Alouda Glacée“.

8. Mauritius Mine Frite

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Who has ever been to Mauritius and never tried this so typical dish? This a dish which is as popular as the Mauritian Fried Rice is a MUST try for any Mauritian Food Lovers. This dish is similar to the Mauritian Fried Rice except to the fact that instead of using rice, egg noodles are used.

9. Mauritius Farata (Flatbread)

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Farata, the Mauritian equivalent of Indian paratha. Traditional Mauritian style flat bread commonly known as Farata or Roti. A kind of Indian pancake that is eaten in Mauritius: a flat bread that comes with curry or chutneys.

10. Mauritius Gateau Patate Douce

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Deep fried Sweet Potato Cake. These sweet potato cakes are typical Mauritian street food and perfect for a tea-time snack. They have those wonderful tropical island flavours of coconut and cardamom.

11. Mauritius Heart Of Palm Salad

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Salad Palmiste (Heart of Palm Salad) is a traditional Mauritian recipe for a classic salad of sliced hearts of palm served in a lemon juice, white wine vinegar and vegetable oil dressing.

12. Mauritius Prawn Rougaille

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Rougaille is a classic Creole sauce which gives its name to many Mauritian dishes; it looks like a simple tomato sauce but is so much more. It has a huge depth of flavour thanks to the European herbs parsley and thyme, the heat provided by the chilli and the Indian flavourings of ginger, coriander and garlic.

13. Mauritius Samosas

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Samosas are little pasties traditionally filled with spicy mashed potatoes. Alternatively you can get them also filled with fish, chicken or cheese.

14. Mauritius Beignets & Fritters

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Banana fritters

15. Mauritius Octopus Salad

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This is colourful salad bursting with flavours: sweet and sour, salty and aromatic. Truly a more-ish and vibrant dish.

16. Mauritius Octopus Vindaye

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One dish that you are repeatedly told to eat when in Mauritius is Vindaye. Vindaye is mainly a mustard curry, mostly done with octopus, but is often made with assorted seafood (Calamari, shrimps, squid, crab…), and is also done with fresh or salted fish.

17. Gateau Aubergine (Eggplant Fritter)

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Deep fried eggplant

18. Mauritius Paella

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The word paella originates from an old French word, ‘paelle’ meaning pan. Traditionally, paella is made on a Sunday and because women need a day off from cooking it is usually made by the men.

19. Mauritius Gateaux Piments

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Gateaux Piments (Chilli Cakes) is a traditional Mauritian recipe for a classic snack of yellow split pea dough balls flavoured with chillies, shallots and cumin that are deep fried in oil before being served.

20. Mauritius Lobster

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21. Mauritius Biryanis

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Biryani is a main course which is very popular and appreciated by all Mauritians.

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