Prawn Rougaille, Spicy Tomato Sauce, Fresh Coriander.. Serve..
I’ve been on a Mauritius thing for a while now since I have been learning recipes passed down onto my mum and dad and its been an enriching experience! Not all the food I make on a day-to-day basis is Mauritian, but I tend to try experimenting in the kitchen with food from all over the world, Thai, Vietnamese, African, European, US.. Those of you who follow me on instagram or twitter may have seen!
So when I can I like to go back to my family roots, try out more recipes and well just become better at them. This is one of those quick, simple and easy Mauritian recipes to make, dinner is ready in 20 minutes! We have served this up at our Mauritian Supper Club and its been a hit!
Rougaille is a tomato, spicy based sauce, where chicken, prawns, shrimp can be added to it, to create a satisfying dish served up in homes in Mauritius. Its simple and fresh, incorporating flavours from the French with thyme, onion and olive oil.
1 pack of cooked prawns/king or small
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 can of chopped tomatoes
1 Fresh tomato, chopped
a pinch of Cumin powder (or jeera)
1 tsp Thyme or fresh thyme leaves
1/2 red Chilli (optional)
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped, to scattered over
Put some olive oil in a pan, add finely chopped onion, garlic and ginger and let it sweat for a few minutes. Then add your canned tomato and one fresh tomato , then add salt, cumin, pepper, fresh chilli and thyme into the mix. Let this sauce cook down for about 10 minutes, till fragrant and cooked. And a small amount of water if it drys out too much.
Stir in the prawn and let it cook for a few minutes, finish off with freshly chopped coriander (but I had forgotten to buy mine today!)
Dig in and serve with rice or chappatis, a simple and delicious quick dish from the sunny climes of Mauritius and my mum’s kitchen…