Spiced chickpeas / Mauritian gram bouilli


Gram bouilli, which translate to boiled chickpeas, is a common Mauritian street food. These can be found freshly made in street markets or street vendors will go around selling them packed in paper bags. They make a great little snack and is one of our childhood favourites!

spiced chickpeas / mauritian gram bouilli

Servings 5 serves
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 500 g dry chickpeas (desi chickpeas)
  • 1 medium brown onion thinly sliced
  • 5 g whole dried chillies or 3-4 whole fresh chillies
  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • ½ cup curry leaves
  • salt and pepper


  • Soak the chickpeas overnight or for at least a few hours.
  • When ready, boil the chickpeas in salted water for about 30-45mins or until soft. Drain and set aside.
  • In a pot, heat up some oil on medium-high heat.
  • Add the sliced onion in the pot and let them cook for a 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add in the dry chillies and curry leaves. Toss and mix well until fragrant.
  • Add in the drained chickpeas, a dash of salt and pepper. Combine everything well for 2-3 minutes
  • Add 1 tbsp of water and toss well to finish off.
  • Enjoy your gram bouilli!


Course: Entrée, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: Vegan, Vegetarian

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