Who doesn’t love the wedding seasons?
Even how much we complain about it, I am sure we all love wedding seasons. All because two people fell in love! And love is meant to be celebrated in all its glory really.So this goes without doubt that celebration is equal to a big fat feast! There is something quite magical about Mauritian weddings. Rich with cultures and traditions that have been transcended from over a long time and immersing with vibrant values and rituals. Those moments truly make up to one very memorable experience that would make anyone want to live up to. And to be honest every wedding that I attend, I can’t help drooling over the picture of how will mine be someday. Aaahhh ! Please let’s have a 5 mins break before getting on to the next paragraph, dreaming is so good and I don’t want to let go of me in a wedding gown.Haha!
Mauritius is a multi cultural community and we all have our own rituals and traditions when it comes to celebrating a wedding. For example, the Hindus tend to have a 3 days wedding over the weekend mostly where preparation starts from one week before really. It is believed to be a way of seeking the blessings of the elderly by hosting diners and lunches at the end of every ritual during that 3 days wedding course. And the most traditionally loved diner ritual in Hindu weddings is the ”7 Caris” – 7 different Curries served on Banana leaves. It is a marriage of different flavours all on one plate really. You will end up licking your fingers at the end because the aromas will send your taste buds dancing with joy. Heart whelming and heart filling, it’s almost like love made visible through the food.
Same goes for the other traditional weddings like Tamil and Telugu ones where the ”7 Caris” are being served in all their glories. The only difference is that the Curries vary but are of the same magnificence. And among these 7 different dishes is the ” Pacherie De Banane ” or as locals here fondly call it , ” Banane Râper ”. It is basically soft boiled plantains sauteed in a mix of spices and brought to a whole new level of fragrance by adding fresh herbs and turmeric powder. You will ask for more trust me!
Preparation time : 35 mins
Cooking time : 25 mins
- 10 – 15 raw plantains
- 1 big onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 dry red chillies
- 2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
- 1 tsp of cumin seeds/powder
- 1 tsp of mustard seeds
- curry leaves
- coriander leaves
- vegetable oil
- Put water to a boil in a large sauce pan and add the plantains.
- Leave to boil for 25 mins or until soft.
Note: You it is done when the plantains start changing colour to a dark green one.
- Remove and strain until cooled down so that you can easily peel off the skin to grate later on.
- When fully cooled down, grate and reserve.
Note : Some people will instead cut them into chunks. It is optional really but the process is same.
- Heat some vegetable oil in a non stick pan and bring to a medium heat.
- Add the dry spices to sauteed ; onions , curry leaves , garlic, feenugreek seeds , cumin and dry red chillies.
- Sweat the all for 10 mins and then add the plantain straight in.
- Season accordingly and add the turmeric powder before giving it a good stir.
- Cover and leave to cook for about 10 mins more.
- Sprinkle over a bunch of coriander leaves finely chopped and serve hot with fragrant rice.
The feeling of eating on a banana leaf with your hands is one of a kind really. It reminisces the basics of life, the simplicity of an individual and also the humility of mankind. That is, at the end we are all same! Ok ok sorry, we are not the same as I know I am a little more greedy compared to you. Can’t you see how much Curry I took over my little bed of rice? Now please do ignore this bit of my magnificent personality.Haha. You can serve this Curry with any other side dish such as Dal ( Yellow split peas soup ) or sauteed pumpkin,or even with a lamb curry. Topped with some carrot and apple pickles! Mmmmmm…. I think you will have to have another serving really in order to feel fully satisfied.
What is the thing that you love most about wedding seasons? What are your favourite Curries to eat at weddings and to all my friends from abroad reading this, how different is it at yours? I mean I would love to be part of how weddings are being celebrated at yours.Especially the food being served and the rituals connected to it.It is always such a pleasure to hear from you all and be part of the love you share with food at yours.