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What are the Bichiques?

The Bichiques are small fishes that are highly valued in the Reunion gastronomy. The bichique is considered a luxury dish; This is THE Reunionese caviar!

Where are they found?

In fact they are fresh water fish fry whose eggs were driven off by the river current. During summer, they are thrown back from the ocean onto river’s deltas. It is only then that fishing bichiques begins. River’s rocks are a mecca for fishing bichiques because that is where they are most numerous. Fishermen put conical traps called “Vouves” at the mouth of the river and the fish that go in are trapped.

How is it served?

When the bichiques are out,it is also the beginning of the holiday season. The Curry bichiques is easy to prepare and tastes really really great. You shouldn’t refuse to taste it. This dish is usually served with hot rice and well spiced green mango pickles. The dish is normally served during special occasions such as Easter, Christmas or New Year.

The Bichiques Curry

The Recipe

Ingredients:

–          Bichique,

–          2 large onions,

–          fresh ginger

–          3 small tomatoes

–          turmeric, salt, pepper,

–          2-3 small chillies

–          3 tbsp sunflower oil

Preparation

  1. Cut your onions into slices- neither too big nor too thin,
  2. Gently Fry in oil,
  3. Grate the ginger.
  4. Add up salt, pepper, turmeric andsmall chillies.
  5. To the mixture add the diced tomatoes,
  6. After simmering, add up the bichiques,
  7. Reduce heat and allow the bichiques to take in all the taste of the preparation!!

Serve with rice, salad and any pickle of your choice.

Bon Appetit Biensure!