Today, we are going to explore this pearl of the Indian Ocean, the amazing island of Mauritius. Though I have not written any blog about this country, this paradisiac island needs all the shoutout that it deserves. Adorning a rich history, Mauritius has managed to become a leader in the African continent and continues to do so in terms of economy, culture, fashion, and recently sports. However, there is one thing that often goes unnoticed is the food – the Mauritian Food; a mixture of different cuisine from different culture Mauritian food is a must-try for every tourist or businessperson. So today, this blog will be all about Mauritian street food and some places where you can find them. Buckle up and let’s enjoy!
Chana puri is derived from the Indian continent. It is made from yellow split peas that are formed into balls and dunk in a batter, then fried in hot oil and served with tomato chutney. Chutney is prevalent in the Mauritian diet. It can be bought in lot of 4 for 20, depending on the size. If you are visiting the island, then this delicious street food can be found almost anywhere around. Boulettes
Boulettes are the Mauritian version of dim sums. Brought to the island by the Chinese community, it is now widely spread and prepared by almost every Mauritian. Served with a bowl of soup or just as it is, boulettes are quite famous to have during winters as it has the spiciness that makes it delicious. There is a wide variety of boulettes, including the vegetarian and vegans, and can be found frozen in supermarkets. One of the best outlets for boulettes is in Quatre Bornes at Boulette Palace. Ask your driver or hotel staff to guide to the best boulettes depending in the region. Dhollpuri & Roti
Dholl Puri & Roti, this is a staple food in the Mauritian diet. This food is made from yellow split peas and flour; it is then served with curries. It is a finger food, and it requires no decorum to eat it perfectly. Actually, the messier it is, the better it is in taste. It is found all around Mauritius and prepared by everyone. Dholl Puri can be eaten hot or cold both, and same for Roti. Roti is served with a variety of curries depending on the taste. Head to Roti Aka for the best roti and Dewa Dhollpuri for the dhollpuri.
Gato Pima is food that can be found anywhere in Mauritius, and by anywhere I mean anywhere. It is usually eaten with bread and butter with some delicious gato pima stuffed in the bread. An affordable street food at the price of Rs 10 for 5 pieces, gato pima is prepared using yellow split peas, coriander leaves, green chilies, onions, spring onions, and cumin powder. It is preferable to eat gato pima, while it’s pipping hot as it tastes better. This food can also be transformed into a salad and eaten with bread. Kebab
Kebab is a relatively new street food in Mauritius, and it is widely spread around the island. It is basically marinated skewed meat and vegetables mixed together served with bread. (Mauritians love bread) This food can be eaten anytime during the day. Oh, don’t compare it with the kebab that you know, this one has been “Mauritianized”, if the word exists! Shabaan Snack and Gloria Fast Food are some of the famous selling points to have this delectable street food. Salad Fruit
Salad fruit is a mix of different seasonal fruits with some chilies, tamarind sauce and vinegar. It is preferable to eat during summers as you get a wide choice of fruits, from mangoes to pineapple. This street food is mostly found near the beaches as it is one of the best food to have when near the sea. You can either have it with some salt and chili or you can have with all the sauces. If you are someone who does not eat spicy food, then it can be altered to sweet version, and yes, it is worth!
Di Pain frire and other gato de l’huile (oily cakes)
Di pain frire and other gato de l’huile (oily cakes) is stale bread dunk in a batter and then fried and served with chutney of any type. It is literally translated to “Fried Bread”. Enjoyed by hundreds of Mauritians everyday, this street food is often sold along with gato pima and other street foods, such as gato lichou, arouille, pomme de terre, and bringel. It is worth trying. Alouda
Alouda is the perfect summer drink. Prepared with milk, basil seeds, and agar-agar jelly, this drink is best served cold. Everyone is fan of this special drink. The best place to have this drink is at the Central Market, Port Louis. Oh, I forgot to mention there is a scoop full of ice cream topping the glass.
Merveille is one street food that takes us down memory lane, especially during our childhood times, when this food was the best ever. Now it is making its comeback and boy, it is still as amazing as it was years ago. This crispy merveille is best served with a tomato chutney and you can have it on any day at any time. Mauritian merveilles are not to be confused with the French merveille as it is something else there. Though, it has a resemblance with the Indian papad, merveille is a totally Mauritian food. Haleem
Haleem is a dish that is originated from different countries, Middle East, India, and Central Asia. Laden with wheat, barley, and lentils, this soup is best eaten during winters. The best thing about this dish is that you can have as it is or with bread. It often has chunks of meat which makes the food even more delicious. It is one of the comfort food around Mauritius. Even it is best eaten in winters, you can have it anytime of the year. There is the vegetarian version of this dish.
Gato Patate is a traditional Mauritian sweet that is mostly cooked during the festival of lights, Divali. This street food is mostly found where Mauritian foods are sold. It is prepared with sweet potato stuffed with coconut shaves mixed with sugar. It is best eaten when hot as it has a crunchy and soft texture that makes it amazing in taste.