Du Pain Frire with Chatini

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Du Pain Frire is a popular street food snack in Mauritius and translates literally to “Fried Bread”. Essentially a crunchy fried bread in batter it is often dipped in a gorgeous chatini a.k.a a chutney consisting mainly of tomatoes, chilli and coriander leaves. It is enjoyed daily by hundreds of Mauritians and is sold along with gateau piment and other street food snacks. 

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As I am trying to grow the various types of blog posts I make, I have decided to dedicate a whole new section to Mauritian Street Food.  It has been something that I have been thinking of for a while now and decided just to go for it. So far  this post and my Gateau Piment and hope to be expanding my collection soon. Oh and Du Pain Frire is definitely one of the BEST street food in the world and i’m not biased. (wink face) 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this new series. Leave me a comment below if you would enjoy this series and what street food you would like to see!

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This is my grandmas recipe and she recommends that the sliced bread should be preferably a few days old because this will enhance the flavour of the Du Pain Frire. The chutney recipe is so easy, all you have to do is blend all the ingredients together until they are combined.

Optional: You may remove the chilli seeds for the Chatini to get rid of the spicy flavour. However I prefer to leave them in.

Du Pain Frire/ Fried Bread Recipe
(Makes 12)

Ingredients:du pain frire6

  •  6 Slices of Bread (cut into 1/2 diagonally)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2-1 tsp Turmeric
  • a few sprigs Spring Onion (chopped finely)
  • 5 tbsp All-Purpose Flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Method:

  1. Mix the eggs, turmeric, spring onion, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until combined forming a batter
  2. Gradually add some lukewarm water into the batter until it becomes thick (you can adjust your batter by adding flour or water until a thick consistency is formed)
  3. Heat a frying pan with vegetable oil
  4. Soak the sliced bread in the batter
  5. Fry the bread until golden brown
  6. Remove to serve on a plate with tissue paper (to soak up the excess oil)

 

Chatini/Chutney Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes
  • a few sprigs of coriander
  • 1-2 red chilli pods (chopped finely)
  • 1 garlic pods (crushed)
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients until combined.
  2. Remove to serve in a bowl

 

Now sit down and dip your freshly fried du pain frire in some lovely chutney 🙂

 

Enjoy,

Zahra, The Cake Architect