When we talk of festivals we talk of merry, of joy, of happiness, of sharing, but mostly of sweets! In a couple of days, Mauritius will be in full celebration of Ugaadi, the Telugu New Year and Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year; this got me motivated to share with you a piece of culinary… Continue reading Rava Kesari à l’ananas! Festival Special
Rice is undeniably the Mauritian staple but too often eaten the same way and simply used to accompany currys and other dishes. Why not combine rice with seasonal produce and very local elements and get our palates all 'summery'? Why not mix green mangoes, coconut, and to cool it off, some curd with rice? Sounds interesting? Here are three rices, very famous in South India, that could very well be Mauritian by all means and make way on those summer meal tables. They are made with ingredients readily available here and very easy to prepare. I propose you three rices for the season, summer. The three rices can be eaten together in small portions each in a same meal, or consumed individually and accompanied by countless dishes. Enjoy!
If we are going to delve into South Indian food, I suppose the Dosai would be a beffiting point of entry. The Dosai is simply a sort of pancake made with a fermented batter of lentils (Urad Dal a.k.a black gram) and rice (generally raw rice). The lentils and rice are left to soak for 5 to 6 hours, then ground to a paste.
Crunchy on the outside and deeply soft on the inside, the spicy and distinctly flavourful 'Gato Pima' is by default the most famous and prized snack of Mauritius.
Basically a spread consisting of several vegetable preparations served on fresh plantain leaves along with hot rice, the 'sept cari' as it is in Mauritius, goes beyond the actual meal itself, it the sum-up of a journey of culinary traditions right from Southern India to the festive tables of a vibrant islander Indian Diaspora.