If we are going to delve into South Indian food, I suppose the Dosai would be a beffiting point of entry. The Dosai is simply a sort of pancake made with a fermented batter of lentils (Urad Dal a.k.a black gram) and rice (generally raw rice). The lentils and rice are left to soak for 5 to 6 hours, then ground to a paste.
Imagine a crunchy slice of baguette, toasted with extra virgin olive oil and garlic on which rests a fresh melange of tomatoes, onions, cilantro (coriander leaves), mint, and bits of, YES! the famous 'Gato Pima'! Sounds good, doesn't it?
Crunchy on the outside and deeply soft on the inside, the spicy and distinctly flavourful 'Gato Pima' is by default the most famous and prized snack of Mauritius.
Basically a spread consisting of several vegetable preparations served on fresh plantain leaves along with hot rice, the 'sept cari' as it is in Mauritius, goes beyond the actual meal itself, it the sum-up of a journey of culinary traditions right from Southern India to the festive tables of a vibrant islander Indian Diaspora.