Shelina Permalloo, winner of MasterChef, treated a group of us to a very special insight into how to prepare and make some typical authentic Mauritian dishes. They are taken from her new recipe book “Sunshine on a Plate” and are simple, vibrant recipes, designed “to warm the heart”.
She was incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring as she took us through an interactive couple of hours making butter bean curry and our own Mauritian curry powder.
We were taught about the multi-ethnic culture and heritage behind the very distinct flavours of Mauritius – where Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism co-exists peacefully. There are three main languages in Mauritius – English, French and Creole. Hindi and Bhojpuri are also spoken. This has resulted in an exceptional fusion of colourful Indian, French, Creole and Chinese cuisine.
Just all such lovely fresh ingredients – this was her making the butter bean curry:-
Making our pudding – a very simple mango, rum and lime syllabub:-
Tucking in to the feast we’d all participated in making:-
Here she is on the cover of her recipe book:-