Chili Cakes Or Dhal Fritters

Serves 6 as an appetizer
Level of Difficulty: Very easy

Strange as it maybe “Chili Cakes” are actually made of split yellow peas “Dhal”, and very seldom contains any chilies, no one knows why? These delicious little fritters are available at practically every street corner all around the island. Back home, dreaming about your holidays in Mauritius! Prepare some fritters and share these with your friends and family.


250g split yellow peas “Dhal”
2 large onions chopped fine
1 bunch of spring onion, chopped
½ teaspoon of bicarbonate
1 tablespoon of chopped curry leaves
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


The day before, put “Dhal” in a bowl, cover with water and let it rest in the fridge overnight.
The next day, puree “Dhal” in a mixer. In a large bowl mix all ingredients, add salt to taste.
With your hands make small balls and fry few at a time in hot oil, turning often.
Once the fritters start floating back to the top, they are ready.
Remove from oil, drain on sheets of absorbent paper.
Continue with other fritters. Serve hot.

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