1) Roti (Farata/Paratha) and Dholl Puri
Found pretty much everywhere, these quick and cheap flat breads, similar to Paratha found across Asia (and elsewhere). Usually served with spoonfuls of vegetables (lentils or beans) alongside chilli of course. The Dholl Puri are similar but made from yellow split peas and is my personal favourite, especially when freshly made right in front of you.
Served rolled up to takeaway, they are something I often grab between meals.
Dholl Puri on the left and Roti on the right. And Look out for the motorbikes, bringing Rotis right to you!
2) ‘Mauritian snacks’
While all of these snacks could easily have their own sections, I’m grouping them together as you’ll often see them that way. Samosas of course come in multiple variations, from cheese and vegetable to chicken and beef, and I can always spot a good one (crispy and hot!).
Gateaux Piments, a crunchy chilli ball, sold everywhere for around 25 Rupees for a generous handful. They are dholl fritters (yellow split peas) with cumin, chilli and coriander, fried up in oil and best eaten warm. Served in a paper bag, with of course extra chilli sauce drizzled all over!
Make sure you find them at Quatre Bonne market on a Thursday and a Sunday, red hot out of the pan and absolutely delicious!
A truly wonderful combination of streamed dim sum, packed with a variety of fish, vegetables and meat options, with steaming broth ladled over the top and a range of chilli options depending how spicy you like it. Always leaves me feeling refreshed and ready to go, especially when I’m in a bit of a haze after too many hours in the sunshine! Best to grab yours from the wonderful vendors on the beach.
My ABSOLUTE favourite and the way to my heart! Tender, spiced rice with vegetable, fish, chicken or beef, and wonderful accompaniments of tamarin and fresh cucumber. Yours for a generous price of around 70-110 Rupees and will satisfy most appetites! You can spot the Biryani sellers by the traditional enormous silver pots, usually sealed with bread until ready and leaving a seared crust to the rim. Make sure you get them to dig down for the crispy rice and get a good mix of rice and the hidden gems of meat or veg. My rule of thumb is whatever time of day, if I see a street Biryani seller with a long queue I have to join it. Firstly, you know it will be good and secondly, it will be gone soon!
Whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong. All the friends I’ve had to stay have all gone home with a favourite, whether it’s a fresh vegetable samosa or a red hot bowl of spicy boulette sat on the sand, make sure you get out and find yours!