The island of Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean, features a culture and cuisine that is a unique combination of African, Indian, Chinese, Arabic and French influences. With a large Indian population, big, festive vegetarian meals are a common occurrence. This very special meal of 7 different vegetable curries is typical of a Hindu wedding banquet in Mauritius.
Celebrated Mauritian Chef and longtime Dep favourite Vanesha Khadaroo of La Marmite Mauricienne has offered to prepare this very unique, authentic (and labour-intensive!) meal to share with us. The banquet begins with a glass of lime & lemongrass-infused limounade, then people join sit down at a table that has been covered in banana leaves and decorative oil lamps. The curries, rice and ti-puri (fried flatbreads) are brought to the table and served directly onto the leaves, where the meal is then eaten with one’s hands. The meal ends with small elegant sweets and cups of fragrant Mauritian chai with cardamom.
7 CURRY & TI-PURI
Giraumon Fricasser – mashed Jamaican pumpkin with fennel & mustard seed
Tomato Rougaille – a flavourful tomato curry with garlic and ginger
Curry Barry – yellow split pea and herbs fritters in a rich turmeric-infused gravy
Kutchou – a tangy spinach-like leafy green (Colocasia – aka Taro leaf, Dasheen, or Fueilles de Songe in Mauritius) cooked with chickpeas
Grois Pois Masala – lima beans cooked with classic curry spices
Chouchou – sautéed chayote squash & scallion
Takkar – a bittersweet tamarind sauce with fennel & pineapple
Chili Achard – a green chili & garlic pickle
Ti-Puri – 4 small puffed fried flatbreads for scooping up the curries
The meal is served with basmati rice
Gateau Napolitaines – small & elegant traditional Mauritian frosted shortbread cookies
Bois Cheri – Mauritian tea with cardamom
Chef Vanesha Nuckchaddee-Khadaroo is the founder of La Marmite Mauricienne (Mauritian Pot), a catering company serving uniquely delicious Mauritian cuisine across the GTA. http://www.mauritianpot.ca
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.