Mauritius, a small island nestled in the Indian Ocean, is a melting pot of global cultures and traditions. Its long history has seen people from many different parts of the world migrating to the island, each bringing new culinary ideas, ingredients and techniques. The result is a vibrant food culture that offers a flavourful fusion of East Indian, African and Chinese influences with distinctive French and English twists. Join Naajiyah Auladin for a night of unique Mauritian dishes that combine traditional family recipes with a contemporary twist.
Paté de Thon Vindaye
Tuna vindaye is a popular Mauritian street food, often served on a baguette. Here, tuna is combined with a special mix of spices including turmeric and mustard seed — a family blend prepared by Naajiyah’s mother and sent from Mauritius — along with fresh herbs and onion, baked in a delicate phyllo-like ‘brik’ pastry, and served with “pima crazer”, a delicious homemade pineapple hot sauce.
A small palate cleanser of a fresh pineapple pickled with simple syrup, tamarind and chili.
There will also be a delicious tropical fruit punch with passion fruit, mango and guava for anyone inclined to add a splash of rum for a true island cocktail.
Rougaille Boulette, Chatini Pomme de Terres, Cresson Étouffée & Salade Cocom
These meatballs combine local beef and lamb (from The Healthy Butcher) with a unique Mauritian masala, fried onions and fresh parsley, before being cooked in a classic rougaille, a rich cilantro-infused tomato sauce found throughout Mauritius. It’s served with Mauritian-style spicy mash potatoes infused with caramelized onions, brown butter and chilies, alongside peppery watercress sautéed with ginger, garlic, onion and olive oil, and a refreshing cucumber salad.
Delicate, thin French-style crêpes stuffed with caramelized bananas, cardamom, coconut and rum!
Every since coming to Canada in 2005 at the age of 17, Naajiyah Auladin has found cooking her favourite Mauritian foods a way to reconnect to her memories, family and culture.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.