Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gateau Arouille - Mauritian Taro Fritters

These taro fritters are loved by all Mauritians , they are extremely popular. Taro is a root vegetable which is used in different ways. They are normally accompanied by a spicy chutney or hot sauce. This appetizer originated in the Chinese community of Mauritius. However, today they are enjoyed by all. I remember the ritual of buying these taro fritters in the morning, piping hot from our favourite vendor during my student life at Loreto Convent of Port-Louis. Sweet memories !


1 medium sized Taro root vegetable (easily available at Asian stores in Canada)
1 tsp finely grated ginger
2 tbs of sugar
1 tbs of black bean sauce
4 tbs of arrowroot powder or Cornstarch
Oil for deep frying


Peel and shred Taro finely
Add all the ingredients and mix thoroughly
Heat oil in a pan
Make small golf sized balls with taro mix
Fry in oil on medium heat until golden brown
Serve hot with a spicy sauce

Fry on medium heat only - If oil is too hot , taro fritters will turn brown fast and remain uncooked inside  (It does take longer to fry )
Substitute the black bean sauce with salt if preferred
Some taro roots have more moisture than others, adjust amount of arrowroot powder / cornstarch accordingly
When forming the balls with the shredded taro , they should come together into a compact ball easily
Do not add water !

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