Dining in Mauritius is more than just enjoying good food but gaining an important cultural experience; here are some of the dishes you should savour on your visit.

Diverse Curries

While curries here have an Indian influence, they feature a different flavour too and are often on the menu at the best restaurants in Mauritius. Key ingredients for curries include curry leaves, onion, and garlic and some are tomato-based as well. They are generally not as spicy as Indian curries and are served with farata (a type of roti) or rice as well as achard (pickled vegetables) and chutney.

Dholl Puri

Considered by many the national dish, dholl puri is a perennial local favourite. It consists of a yellow split-pea pancake that has a yummy filling of bean curry (gros pois) and a spicy sauce made with sweet tomatoes (rougaille). For more delectable delights, guests at properties like Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas can even join a street food adventure at Mahebourg Village.

Yoann74, Dholl puri, CC BY-SA 4.0


Deep-fried snacks are collectively known as gajak and are easy to find be it at or near beaches and markets or from food vendors on motorbikes! They make for great options when you get hungry on your many escapades and include cassava chips, eggplant fritters and potato fritters that are best enjoyed when they are freshly fried and hot.


If you have a sweet tooth, then mithai is for you! It’s a term used for South Asian sweets with sugar being the main base though the other ingredients add distinctive flavours. Known as jalebi, a coil-like deep-fried culinary creation made with wheat flour and soaked in sugar syrup is a popular sweet to try; don’t miss flavoured burfi that consists of sugar and condensed milk and laddu made with ground coconut, chickpea flour, ghee, and sugar.