Gateau Piment (Mauritian Dal Fritters)

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Gateau Piment or Mauritian Dal Fritters are one of the most popular snacks (or street food) in Mauritius. I love them,especially on bread with butter :D. I know it might sound a little bit fattening, but it is so good! And I only have them on Sundays :D. Also, you could have these Mauritian dal fritters (gateau piment) made into a tomato sauce, or rougaille. You make the dal fritters as explained in the recipe below and make the rougaille (or tomato sauce), add the dal fritters and done! My mom would usually make a rougaille with the left-over dal fritters because gateau piments are only good when they are still hot and freshly done.

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These Mauritian dal fritters, also known as chilli cakes, will have you wanting more! I hope you enjoy this Mauritian recipe. And don’t forget to check out my other Mauritian recipes!

Gateau Piment (Mauritian Dal Fritters/Chilli Cakes)

Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 200g yellow dal (gram dal)soaked overnight
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 2 red chillies chopped thinly
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

    1. Drain soaked dal, put in a food processor and grind to a fine paste

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    1. Add salt – baking soda. Add all herbs – chillies. Combine well ( do wear a gloves because of the chillies)
    2. Heat oil in a deep-frying pan. Make small balls. Deep fry the gateaux piment (dal fritters) one batch at a time until brown.
    3. Remove the gateaux piments, drain them on kitchen paper.

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  1. Serve hot with bread and butter

Comments

  1. says

    My daughter found this recipe and wants me to make this. I have several questions for you! What is Dal? If those peppers are too hot for me, what do you think I could substitute? And Last but not least, can I share this on my blog if I give you proper credit and a link back to your site?

    Thank you so much. I love your site.

    Joan

    • Cindy Ah Kioon says

      Hi Joan! Dal is dried pulse (like lentil) and is often used in Indian cooking. You can find more info here: . You can actually omit the peppers, my mom doesn’t like to add them sometimes too, and they still taste good!
      I love sharing! So, feel free to share it on your blog!

      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the late reply!:)

  2. Maryse says

    Hi Cindy, I’ve cheated if I haven’t soaked the Dahl the night before. I microwave them for 5min, drain excess water, blend the cooled down Dahl and I also add Cummin seeds and fresh corriander leaves along with the onions, chillies(optional) etc.
    Maryse

    • Cindy Ah Kioon says

      Hi Maryse, your method looks quite interesting. Will certainly try that next time! Hope you enjoyed the recipe though!

    • Cindy Ah Kioon says

      Hello there Chef Russell! Wow 4000, that’s a huge number! I checked out your website, the food on the menu looks amazing. Samosa poutine? Quite curious about that. You can email me at mijorecipes(a)gmail.com or leave a comment here if you need more info or ideas on this recipe.

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