Gateaux piment / Mauritian Chilli Fritters

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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.


Gateaux piment / Chilli fritters
Gericht: Appetizer, Snack
Länder & Regionen: Mauritius
  • 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)
  1. Soak yellow split peas overnight or 4 hours prior to preparation. Rinse and drain.

  2. Blend into a rough consistency. Half fine, half rough.

  3. Add chopped coriander, peppermint leaves, chilli, spring ognion, curry leaves, salt and pepper and mix well.

  4. Using a teaspoon as measurement, shape mixture into small balls.

  5. Deep-fry to a gold brown crisp.

    Serve hot.