The Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian cuisine is like its people, a mixture of colours, cultures, traditions and especially spices. Most of the time, it is made with rice, vegetables, meat and seafood. Spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper and others are used as much as possible. Just for your information, beef is rarely eaten by part of the population (Hindus) because the cow is sacred to them. In some restaurants, the pork also is banned

The gajacks

gajack mauritius

An explosion of flavor from the very first taste of the Mauritian aperitif – You will know everything about our snacks and favorite drinks.


A sundowner may start at the beginning of the afternoon. This can happen during the visit of a friend, parent, there are no pre-established rules! To accompany the ti punch, the rhum and cokes, a Mauritian beer or litchi wine (Yes it exists), the Mauritian like the appetizers, i.e. ‘gajacks ‘. These are Samosas; pastry stuffed vegetables, or fish bricks or even cheese, molkoos (crispy appetizer), crispy squid or Caramelized Chicken wings.

How to make the ti punch?

ti punch mauritius

Ingredients / for 1 person
For one glass :
5 cl of white rhum
2 cl of sugar cane sirop one small green lemon

1. In one glass crush the quater cut lemon.
2. Add the rhum and sagar cane sirop and stir. Add ice and enjoy


The Mauritian is not very fond of starters. He eats a main meal and basta. However, there are times, one may fall on some rather nice starters such as the Palm salad, a smoked marlin tartare or an octopus salad. The products are fresh.

Recipe of smoked Marlin Tartare for one person

  • 200g of smoked malin
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 3 cive branch
  • 1/4 small cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oïl
  • 1/4 white onion
  • green lemon juive
  1. Cut the cives in small sections of 5 mm approximately. Slice the onion. Peel the cucumber and cut it in small dices.
  2. Prepare your marinade by mixing  the olive oil, the lime juice and crushed garlic.
  3. Dice your beautiful smoked marlin. Mix the onions, the cives, and cucumber. Sprinkle with the olive oil and the lime.
  4. Let stand an hour before serving your Tartar chilled.

The main course

The main course consists of rice, vegetables and meat. Being a multi-cultural country, our Cuisine comes from three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe. This mixture brings to our dishes an unmatched flavor.

In all cases, the cuisine has been adapted according to the ingredients available in Mauritius and the taste of the Mauritians . The dish is often based on a plate of rice on which we just place various elements such as a broth of lentils, a meat or a fish sauce and condiments such as a vegetable pickles.

The chatini of « pommes d’amour »

  • 6 small ripe tomatoes
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 small onion
  • ½  tablespoon of olive oil,
  • salt
  1.                         Cut the tomatoes and chillies into very small pieces.
  2.                         Finely chop the onion and the coriander leaves. Add them to the tomatoes.
  3.                         Mix all ingredients and add the oil.
  4.                         Just before serving, add salt and mix coarsely.

Sweet tooth

We always end up our meal with a dessert. We are surrounded by  various tropical fruits. In summer, we really have a great choice; mangoes, lychees, pineapples… nothing like to make up a big fruit salad to finish your meal nicely. But a good banana flambé, a flan Cocos caramelization, or a pudding, or the sagou can make your world go round and round.

Bon Appetit Biensure!