Gâteau piment, whose literal translation in English is Chilli cake or as I found some bloggers call it, chilli popper is a Mauritian snack made of yellow split peas(dholl) and it resembles Falafel which is made of chickpeas.
Gâteau piment is a street food in Mauritius. It is sold at all times and can be eaten with bread and butter at breakfast or at tea.
Alternatively, it can also be cooked in a curry paste with brinjal and potatoes. The latter is called curry bari. You can find a recipe here.
Yellow split peas (dholl), soaked overnight and blended the next day.
Blend until smooth and it’s okay if a few pieces are not blended well. It tastes better when you fry them.
Add cumin, chilli (green or red, chopped or powder, depending on your taste), salt, onion, garlic, ginger and spring onion.
Mix all ingredients.
Make round balls with the paste( it can also not be completely round; you can also make a flat round with a hole in the middle like a doughnut). People in different parts of the island make it differently.
Heat oil (don’t let oil heat too much though)
Fry it until golden brown
You can serve it with chutney or chilli sauce, ketchup, whatever sauce you like.
In Mauritius, we serve it piping hot with chutney.
Chutney is very easy to make. It is made of coriander, tomato, onion, garlic, chilli, salt which are blended together until a smooth paste is obtained.
This snack is close to my heart because it makes me feel closer to home.
Some recipes and description of the snack can be found here:
Here is also the link to my new post on my blog!