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Street Food we thought were Mauritian but are actually not

A one-stop destination for a food lover to relish combination of native African, Chinese, French and Indian cuisine is Mauritius. A likable discovery that a visitor to Mauritius makes apart from white sandy beaches is the abundant street food.

We all will be surprised to know that these delectable snacks despite being favourite of all the Mauritians are actually local of other countries.  Savegenie explored list of some of our preferred street food which are not of Mauritian origin:


Dhal Puri
It is known as the national street food of Mauritius. Loved by almost every Mauritian, how many of us know that this street food originates from the Caribbean’s Indian population. Interestingly though, this street delicacy is a uniquely Caribbean twist on an Indian food.


Gateau Piment
Don’t they look delicious? All crispy and ready for us to eat them. This popular Mauritian snack, great for pre-dinner grains with a drink is actually a native of Mexico, popularly known as chilli cakes. Taste of these fritters can be enjoyed maximum when served hot.


Haleem Soup
This hot sizzling soup has been making our palate richer since ages. However, it is a stew popular in other countries as well. Its origin lies in the popular Arabian dish known as Harees which dates back to the 10th century.


Dumpling or Boulette
Similar to Chinese dumplings but differentiated by origin, drizzled with spring onions and chilli paste, Boulette or say dumplings has a German origin, came from the word dampf-ling and dish Dampfnudel.


The beautiful tempting shades and the rich and irresistible aroma of this historical cuisine still work their magic on our senses. Tracing the origins of Biryani, this dish belongs to Persia where it was referred as Birian in Farsi.


Samosas are a perfect snack to take with us as we travel through many attractions of Mauritius. These small pastry snacks that have a variety of fillings varying from potatoes to cheese, chicken or fish are also known as Sambossa and originate from the Middle East.

These dishes are originated from different places except Mauritius but we love to eat them. So Enjoy!

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