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
- 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!