Gateaux piments (CHILLI CAKES)

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Gateaux piments, literally translating to “chilli cakes” in Mauritian Creole, are popular Mauritian street food fritters. They are a delicious and savoury snack made with:

  • Yellow split peas
  • Chilies
  • Fresh herbs and spices

Here are some key points about gateaux piments:

  • Similar to falafel: The concept is quite similar to falafel, a popular Middle Eastern chickpea fritter, but uses yellow split peas instead.
  • Street food delight: Gateaux piments are a staple at Mauritian street food stalls, enjoyed hot and fresh.
  • Versatile snack: They can be eaten on their own, dipped in a chutney or sauce, or even stuffed into a baguette for a more filling option (a Mauritian favourite).
  • Variations abound: There’s no single “correct” recipe for gateaux piments. You’ll find variations in spice level, additional vegetables used, and even baking them as a healthier alternative to deep-frying.
Here is our recipe of this delightful street food snack

250g dholl (split peas)

2 or 3 green chillies

1 big bunch shallot (chopped fine) about 4 tablespoons

2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

1 teaspoon baking powder (or 1/2 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate).

1 onion (chopped fine)


1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds or powdered cumin

Oil for frying


1) Wash and then soak dholl in water for at least 3 hours.

2) Then drain and grind dholl (a food mill can be used).

3) Add all other ingredients to ground dholl. Mix in thoroughly.

4) Shape mixture into small balls and deep fry them in very hot oil until crisp and golden brown.

5) Drain and serve hot with buttered bread or by itself as a snack.

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