Mauritian chilli fritters / Gateau piment


This is our version of this famous Mauritian street snack. Gateau piment literally translates to ‘chilli cake’ and has for main ingredients yellow split peas and chillies. It is deep fried and very similar to a ‘Falafel’. Its very crunchy and full of flavours. The best way to serve gateau piment is in a freshly baked bread roll or ‘baguette’ with a generous spread of butter!

5 from 11 votes

mauritian chilli fritters / gateau piment

Servings 50 gateau piments
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes


  • 500 g yellow split peas / dholl
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 3 sprigs spring onion chopped
  • 4 sprigs coriander chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh chilli chopped
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • In a large bowl, soak the yellow split peas in water for at least 5 hours (best to soak overnight)
  • Drain the water and rinse a few times with fresh water. Using a strainer, drain the excess water.
  • Using a food processor, blend the yellow split peas. Do not blend it all the way to a paste!
    It needs to be slightly grainy and chunky as this will keep the gateau piments crispy when frying.
  • Transfer the blended mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, baking soda, cumin seeds, chilli, chopped onion, spring onion and the coriander. Mix well to combine evenly.
  • Make small balls and deep fry on a 'Medium High Heat' at 180C for about 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Drain excess oil then enjoy!



enjoy the gateau piment on its own or with freshly baked bread and butter!
baking Soda keeps the gateau piment crispy for longer!
do not blend the split peas to a paste, keep it slightly grainy as it will make the gateau piment crunchier!
make sure your cooking oil is hot enough before frying. Overwise the gateau piment will absorb excess oil!
Course: Entrée, Main course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: Gluten free, Lactose free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Join the Conversation

  1. @hhfooddiaries5228 says:

    5 stars
    These look amazing!! That crunch

  2. 5 stars
    Pls share mauritian restaurant style riz frite poulet, thanks 🙏🏽

  3. taibadandoo3012 says:

    5 stars
    Hi thanks for the recipe recommendated as it comes perfect 🥰 try it for Ramadan excellent very crunchy and no oil absorb

  4. @ditalam108 says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for your recipe!

  5. @vassenchengebroyen4607 says:

    5 stars
    All my family liked the food thank u very much

  6. 5 stars
    Super tasty!

  7. 4 stars
    dont know much about mauritius food but it looks amazing. will definitely try it out later 😋

  8. 5 stars
    I was searching that everywhere finally

  9. 5 stars
    my favourite!💕

  10. 4 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! We all loved it 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Adding baking soda is the game changer, amazing!

Leave a Reply

Got a suggestion or feedback? Leave a comment below!

Rate our recipe!

Thanks for your comment!

The Foodie's Avenue © Copyright 2022. All rights reserved.
Brand + Website Crafted by Cynn.