Gateaux piment / Mauritian Chilli Fritters
Gateaux piment or Gato pima (creol)
In some countries it is bread and butter with jam, in Mauritius it is a hot crunchy baguette with butter and Gateaux piment. My husband is crazy about Gato pima. 🙂
You can buy them on almost every street corner, sizzling hot out of the pan.
Much enjoyed as finger-food or in a so called Rougaille (mauritian spicy tomato sauce) to go with rice.
It´s also perfect for party and picnic.
- 250 g yellow split peas Asia Shop
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbs coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 Tbs peppermint leaves, chopped
- 2 small green chillies
- 4 curry leaves
- 1 sprig spring onion
- frying oil (eg. sunflower oil)
Soak yellow split peas overnight or 4 hours prior to preparation. Rinse and drain.
Blend into a rough consistency. Half fine, half rough.
Add chopped coriander, peppermint leaves, chilli, spring ognion, curry leaves, salt and pepper and mix well.
Using a teaspoon as measurement, shape mixture into small balls.
Deep-fry to a gold brown crisp.