Mauritian Cuisine and Recipes
Mauritian Recipes, Food and Cooking
by Country - January 2003
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is a small island situated in the Indian Ocean, about 2400 kilometres off the South East
Coast of Africa. The diverse mixture of its people is reflected in its
cuisine. African, French, Indian and Chinese are among them and
ideas and techniques from all of these feature strongly in this eclectic
Times, History and Influences on Mauritian Cooking
many other countries featured in the Cooking by Country section, Mauritius was
uninhabited until the Portuguese landed there in about 1500. However, it was the Dutch who
showed the first real interest in the
island in 1598.
first Dutch settlement didn't take place until 1638 and they only stayed for a
short while, until 1710. During this time they introduced sugar-cane, domestic
animals, deer and slavery to the islands. The import of peoples from East Africa
and Madagascar together with their culinary customs, saw the beginnings of one
of the best examples of fusion cookery in the world today.
1715, the French had occupied
the island and stayed for almost 100 years and during this time, the
French-Creole dynasty greatly influenced the ways in which foods were prepared
1810 the British captured the islands and in 1835, they abolished slavery which led to the
importation of indentured workers from India to work on the sugar cane
plantations. They too brought their culinary customs to Mauritius. So much so,
that some may say that curry is the national dish of Mauritius.
Day Mauritian Cuisine
wasn't until the late 19th Century that the Chinese influence appeared with
Hakka and Cantonese people settling on the island mainly for trade purposes,
completing the East meets West culture found in Mauritius today.
and seafood are popular ingredients as are the abundant variety of locally grown
fruit such as papayas, passion fruit, guavas, mangoes, lychees, bananas,
pineapple and coconut.