It’s spicy, colourful, and varied – the street food of Mauritius would put most countries to shame.
The colourful mix of ethnicities – Indian, French, Creole, African, and Chinese – lends unique bursts of flavours that are hard to come by. Add to this a mélange of tropical fruits, exotic vegetables, and fresh seafood and you get a cuisine that is hard to resist.
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Individually wrapped Mauritian flatbreads filled with curried yellow split-peas. Served with atchars (pickles) and chutney.
Street Vendors galore
2) Chana Puri
Fritters with a centre of curried yellow split-peas. Pick them up from a street vendor along a beach.
Fritters and Chana Puri at a shack in Mauritius
A paste made from green chillies, Mazavaroo Paste is served with EVERYTHING from creole curries to chinese noodles in Mauritius – perfect if you like your food with a bit of zing.
Try tiny Victorian Pineapples sprinkled with a colourful mix of coarse sea-salt and red chilli flakes. The savoury notes of the salt and the spiciness of the chilli lends the sweet pineapples a complexity of flavour.
Street Vendor selling coconuts and pineapples
Tiny pineapple sprinkled with chilli flakes and salt – scrumptious!
Crunchy, deep fried cones made with filo pastry housing spicy curried potatoes – not much could possibly go wrong, could it?
There is no dearth of vans selling glasses of freshly-squeezed sugarcane juice in Mauritius. We’ve raved about it before , but nothing we say could possibly articulate its ambrosial taste – you need to try it for yourself.
Mauritius is famous for its flavourful sea-food curries and they live up to the hype. The smooth curries still smell of the sea. Perfect with a mound of long-grained rice.
8) Roti Chaud
Warm Indian flatbreads stuffed with Grois Pois (butter bean curry), fresh pickles, & Rougialle (tomato-based sauce), Roti Chaud is the perfect snack for people on the go.
Roti Chaud in the making
Fritters made from thin slices of aubergine coated with all-purpose flour. Perfect when served hot on a rainy Mauritian afternoon.
Aubergine and potato pakoras
Atchars (spicy pickled vegetables) are served with rotis, rice, and curries. They are the soul of Mauritian street food and lend it a zesty flavour that is hard to resist. Hit the supermarkets if you want to carry a bottle or two back home.
Mauritian pickles served with curry and rice
Now this isn’t strictly street food, but it deserves an honorary mention for being the world’s most refreshing dessert. Mauritians love serving a variety of fresh fruit of a bed of shaved ice and sugar syrup. Nom nom nom!
Shaved Ice, the Mauritian way