Brinda will be sharing her Mauritian culinary experiences. Eating simple uncomplicated food that is freshly prepared right in front of you. Using the simplest ingredients as well as an array of spices, you will recreate some of the most popular vegetarian street food from Mauritius.
Brinda will give you an insight into traditional multi-cultural Mauritian food. When we talk of culture and traditions in Mauritius, the unique ethnic diversity immediately transpires. Mauritius does not have one culture, but the blending of several cultures and traditions. Mauritian culture is based on the diversity of the population of different customs and traditions stemming from those who, during the last 400 years, have settled on the island’s shores.
For a tiny island, Mauritius has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture, influences from its mélange of inhabitants (Creole, French, Chinese and Indian) and the use of spices in my cooking.
Expect to make a selection of dishes such as:
- Chana Dhal Fritter – famously known in Mauritius as “Gateaux Piments”
- Aubergines fritters
- Coriander chutney
- Chapattis made with a mixture of wholemeal and white flour
- Potato curry with freshly roasted cumin
- Mushrooms in a rich tomato sauce – famously known as “Mushroom Rougaille”, a typical “creole” dish.
- Cold Chia seeds drink called “Alouda” – a very famous street market drink made with very cold milk.
The evening will be a mixture of demonstration and some hands on cooking with lots of tips, questions, answers and tasting.
We will finish with a supper of all the food we have made. You will leave with a comprehensive pack of recipes so that you can recreate the recipes at home.
About the tutor
Hi, I am Brinda and I love everything about food. I have a great passion for eating, cooking and entertaining families and friends. I was brought up in Mauritius, moved to the UK when I met my husband. My main inspirations are my parents, my mum with whom I have learnt how to cook and my dad how to appreciate food.
I am very passionate about multi-cultural Mauritian food. The eating habits of the Mauritians inevitably reflect the ethnic diversity of its people: Creole rougailles, Indian curries, Muslim biryani, Chinese hotpots and French traditional dishes. I do hope you enjoy learning to cook my family recipes.