Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce. It is a perfect vegan dish to enjoy with your loved ones and friends.

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

Nope, I have not been to Mauritius but it is definitely on my travel to do list. A few years back I read somewhere that It was Mark Twain who wrote ' Mauritius was made first then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius ' with that recommendation... I'm off to book a flight!

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

I've had a plan to visit Mauritius for a while, meanwhile, I visited this Mauritius restaurant with my daughter. She actually went for first time with her friends and was really impressed with the cuisine so she made up her mind and took me there later on.

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

I love to eat and finding inspiration for authentic and new recipes from different cultures around the world. Cooking with various and different flavours is always the fun part and pretend to be in that culture or country for a while.

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

We tried their vegetarian dishes and drinks, one of them was Gateau Piment Curry, I would say, a close cousin of Indian style Kofta Curry or vada Curry, was not surprised as Mauritians are a fusion of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese people and their cuisine is blended of Chinese, European and Indian. So as soon we had the first bite of this delicious Gateau Piment Curry, we looked at each other and nodded our approval. Since that day we had made this curry at home, but somehow one or the other reason could not appear on the blog. So now it is time to look at the recipe of Gateaux Piments Curry!

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

I am sure you want to know what is Gateaux Piments or Gato Pima? Gateaux translate Fritters or Vada and Piments translates Chilli Pepper, so these are Chilli Fritters. These crispy outsides and soft inside Chilli Fritters are made with Split Chickpea or Chana Daal, green and red chilies and a couple of basic Indian spices, yes resembles South Indian Masala Vada or Paruppu Vadai,. These fritters are popular dish amongst the Mauritians and you can find them every nook and corner of this island, yes just the way you can find samosa in India and Chips in England.

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.

So how these fritters make their way into the curry? I guess when you have leftover Gateaux Piments so they just throw into a hot and spicy finger licking gravy or sauce that is prepared with tomato, coconut milk, and spices, and serve it with rice, puri or paratha. This dish is fit for any occasion, whenever you feel like having it or any get-together, In Mauritius, this curry is served on a wedding day or any big occasions too.

Mauritian Gateaux Piment Curry hails from the beautiful island Mauritius, also known as Chilli Fritters Curry or Cari Bari.  In this spicy and flavourful curry, Mauritian Split Chana Daal fritters are gently simmered in a spicy and creamy sauce.


Notes:-
Adjust spiciness according to your liking. 
Chilli Fritters are freezable.
If you are preparing this curry for get together or for a crowd gravy can be made early. When ready to serve heat the gravy and toss the fritters into. 
If you can't find fresh thyme, use 1/4 tsp. carom seeds ( ajwain)

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Gateaux Piments Curry
Mauritian Gateaux Piments Curry or Chilli Fritters Curry is a popular dish from Mauritius. It is vegan, delicious and perfect with steamy rice, puri or paratha.
Ingredients
  • Gateaux Piments - Chilli Fritters
  • 250g Chana Daal or Split Chick Peas
  • 4 Red Dry Chillies broken
  • 2 Fresh Green Chillies broken
  • 100g Spring Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Freshly chopped coriander (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Gravy or Sauce
  • 1 big Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, Ginger puree
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Fresh Curry Leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground coriander and cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground cardamom, fennel, and fenugreek seeds or powder ( Saunf, Elychi and Methi)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Curry Powder
  • 400ml Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Oil
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing the curry
  • 75g Tomato Puree (optional)
Instructions
Clean, wash and soak chana daal for at least 4-5 hours or overnight. Drain the water from the daal, and grind in a grinder until you get the coarse paste.(You won't need any water to make the paste, but if you really struggle to make paste then add a couple of spoons)Now add all the other ingredients except oil and grind the mixture for 5 seconds.Remove the mixture into another bowl.Heat oil in a kadai or deep fryer, make small balls and gently drop them into the hot oil.(keep a couple of tablespoon of this paste to use in curry sauce)Fry these fritters on a medium to low heat until light golden brown and crispy.Remove it and leave on a kitchen paper. Enjoy hot with chai or chutney and leave some to make curry. To prepare Gravy, heat oil in a pan or kadai.Add onion and fry until translucent, now add ginger and garlic puree.Fry this mixture for a couple of minutes then add curry leaves and thyme sprigs.Now add tomato puree and cook this mixture until oil separates from the mixture.Add all the ground masala and powders with salt and fritters paste. Cook the mixture until you get the really nice aroma of spices, then add coconut milk.gently simmer the sauce or gravy for few minutes. Now add fried chili fritters and let it simmer the curry for another five minutes.Turn off the heat and garnish it with fresh coriander.Serve hot.I served with mine with yellow rice and salad.Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings



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30 comments:

  1. This is similar to our Indian fritter curry..I had made Assamese Boror Tenga which is almost the same, spicy gravy with gram fritters..

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  2. We tried a similar curry at A Mauritian restaurant in Southampton, it tasted delicious.I love your recreation of this dish it sounds so tasty.

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    1. Yes, It was the same restaurant I recommended to you.

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  3. Even in Tamilnadu, we have something similar to this. The curry looks delicious and lovely colour. And yeah, what a cute ladle :)

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  4. Hi Jagruti
    This curry looks wonderfully delicious!I make fritters similar to these but coupling them with a coconut curry is genius! I can only imagine the dance of flavours especially with hot rice!

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  5. Wow curry looks amazing. Making something similar .. beautiful photography .Loved it

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  6. Firstly, I have to appreciate the fact that you make a dish thinking about visiting the place someday. Loved that thought! Mauritius is on my list too, hopefully someday. The curry is very similar to ingredients that we make vada curry in South India. Loved the beautiful props, brilliant photography and most important, the inspiration behind the dish.

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    1. Thanks Vidya! Lol, Being a foodie I choose food and flavours first then holiday destination :P

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  7. This looks amazing. The fritters in coconut gravy sounds delicious.

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  8. Such a flavorful and robust curry! My parents visited Mauritius recently and were all Gaga over the beautiful landscape and lovely people..Bihari is one of their spoken languages too :)... Chana day pakoda curry sounds enticing with that exotic name!!

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    1. Thanks Sonal, your parents are so lucky to visit this place. Never knew they speak Bihari over there.

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  9. I am always in awe of your photography! Wish I could just be your neighbor for some time and learn from you! You make the food look so good! An absolutely delightful recipe with enticing photos.

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    1. Thank you Nandita. You are more than welcome and I can learn some videography from you too :)

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  10. This looks so similar to our indian curries. Love the backdrop 😍😍 Did you paint it?

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    1. You are so right Afroz! Yes I did paint that backdrop myself a few weeks ago.

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  11. Love your props and backdrop.. It indeed adds beauty to this lipsmacking curry.. Delicious..

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  12. at first I though of it as non vegetarian curry but reading further I got to know its veg. Looking absolutely delicious with rice. surely very tasty.

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  13. Something similar to kofta curry, though it is made of lentils here. Shall try your version soon..Jagruti

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  14. Interesting curry, beautiful pics and a cute story. Well I am sure it had amazing taste❤

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  15. The name itself is interesting and reading the word chili fritters, this dish definitely got my attention...I love such spicy curries... looks ultimate

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  16. This curry....I'm speechless. You have made it look so tempting with your description and all those drool worthy pics. Bookmarked..Will try soon.

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  17. It almost sounds and looks like our dal badi dish but with a Mauritian touch. Love the beautiful color of the curry and the breath taking pictures. When I was a kid Mauritius was my dream place to visit.

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  18. This curry looks just delicious. Its always nice to learn about cuisine from other countries. Bookmarking it.

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  19. Wow that is one delicious curry! Looks totally tempting! There is so many dishes that are so similar across the cuisines!! So
    Beautifully presented jagruti,
    Lovely composition ❤️

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  20. We South Indians have something similar too in our cuisine, curry looks super delicious, just need a bowl of rice now, too tempting curry there.

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