Mauritius Gato Oignons “Fried Onions Cakes”

“Mauritius Gato Oignons” is an inspired fritter dish from the Indian culture, best coined in India as “Onion bhajis”. In Mauritius, this recipe is a great introduction towards Indian food but the recipe has been slightly altered here. In India, chickpeas are introduced into the batter but in Mauritius it’s not the case.

I have decided to share the Mauritius and especially me and my mother’s version of making this delicious pungent onion fritters. Best to be accompanied with a good chai “tea” and Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney.

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Servings: 15

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • 2 large onions, cut into round slices
  • 1 egg (Optional)
  • 2 tsp of yellow food coloring powder
  • a pinchful of thyme leaves
  • coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 Spring onions, finely chopped
  • 15 cl of water
  • 3 tsps of salt and pepper (Quantity depends based as per your preferences)
  • Vegetable oil

Preparations:

1. In a large bowl, add the flour, egg and water. Mix well together with the help of a spatula.

2. Add yellow food coloring powder, thyme leaves, coriander, spring onions and salt. Combine everything together. Meanwhile preheat a deep bottomed pan with vegetable oil.

3. Dip each onion slice into the batter and add gently in hot oil. Continue doing this for 6-7 slices while frying for each batches. Fry till golden and crisp on medium heat for 4 minutes.

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Bouillon Chinoise Meefoon and Teokon/Tofu (Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli & Teokon/Tofu)

Cooler days call for warming soup and with this winter, we need a soup packed with great ingredients and flavors.  In Mauritius, Chinese soups are often accompanied with plenty of ingredients, now I know there are various types of chinese soups.

This recipe is simply my version of cooking a fabulous bowl of Mauritius Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli (Meefoon). I know chinese soups often involve Chicken carcass but I have chosen to skip that part, but you can choose to use chicken stock as well.  When I head into any Chinese restaurants, the soup is a must as a starter, filled in a small bowl. At home, this recipe has a great accompaniment and in many other Mauritius cuisines and that amazing accompaniment is Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney “Chatini Pomme d’amour“. Pour 2 to 3 spoons of that chutney into the Chinese Soup and the taste goes beyond heaven 🙂

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Servings: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Meefoon (Rice Vermicelli), soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 large steamed Teokon/Tofu, cut into pieces of cubes.
  • 15-20 pieces of Fish balls, soaked in water 30 minutes prior to cooking preparations
  • 2 bunch of bredes Tompouce (Pak-Choy leaves and stem), washed and soaked into water
  • 2 small can of Corn (425 grams), cut into your desired shapes
  • 10 pieces of whole chinese black Mushrooms Shiitake, soaked in water overnight and cut into slices
  • 15 pieces of black cloud ear Mushrooms (optional), soaked in water overnight or 4 hours prior to cooking preparations
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1  tsp of mushrooms flavoured soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 2 Maggi cubes
  • 3 litres of water (Optional – you can also use Chicken Stock instead of water)
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (Quantity based as per your preferences)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1. In a small bowl, mix all the sauces with 5cl of water and 1 tsp of grated garlic. Allow to rest.

2. Preheat a bottomed pot with vegetable oil and add 1 tsp of grated garlic on medium heat. Once the garlic starts sizzling, add the black mushrooms siitake and mix well for 2 minutes simply to add flavor to the mushrooms.

3. After 2 minutes, remove the mushrooms and add the remaining grated garlic, 3 litres of water or (chicken stock if you are not using water) alongside the soaked meefoon (rice vermicelli) and black cloud ear mushrooms. Pour the mixed sauces and cook for 5 minutes, lid half covered.

4. Add the fish balls and corns. Cook for another 3 minutes.

5. The bredes tompouce (pak-choy leaves and stem) and steamed Teokon/Tofu pieces go into the pot 2 minutes before the soup is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper (quantity based as per your preferences). Stove off and crack-open each eggs one by one into the hot water soup then cover the lid.