These dhal-filled fried balls, known as gateaux piments, are bursting with the flavors of tart spring onion, fresh coriander, and hot green chili. They're delicious as a light snack or appetizer or crushed into a crisp white bread for breakfast.
Crunchy Gateau Piment Recipe

No doubt that Gateaux Piments is one of the most popular and loved snacks for Mauritians. On a Sunday morning just prepare these delicious crispy snacks and fill them in a Baguette with butter and cheese, great chance it can be your next Sunday breakfast routine.

So let us see how to prepare this tasty snack.

Servings: 25 Fritters

Prep Time: 20 Min

Soaking Time: 5-6 Hours 

Cook TIme: 15 Min

Ingredients for Gateaux Piments:

  • 200g split yellow peas/Dholl
  • 3 finely chopped spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
  • 2 finely chopped green chilies (up the number to 3 if you like more heat)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)


  1. Cover the yellow split peas with cold water in a large mixing basin. Allow soaking overnight.

  2. By the next morning, the peas should have swelled up little and the water should have evaporated. Drain them thoroughly and place them in a food processor. Blitz the peas until they form a coarse pulp and clump together. Place the crushed peas in a large mixing bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients except the oil. With a spoon, thoroughly combine

  3. Take a spoonful of the mixture in your palms and shape it into a ball by pressing hard (about the size of a golf ball). Each ball should weigh roughly 25g, and you should get 25 of them. Repeat with the remaining mixture and arrange on a platter to be cooked.

  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or deep-fat fryer to 180°C/gas mark 4. Dropping a little cube of bread into the oil will notify you when the oil is at the proper temperature. It's done when it browns evenly in 30 seconds. When the oil is sufficiently heated, carefully drop in the balls (about four or five at a time, to prevent overcrowding in the pan)

  5. In the oil, the fritters should sizzle. Gently stir them around with a fork or a slotted spoon to ensure equal coloring. It will take a few minutes for them to get golden brown and be well cooked. Reduce the heat slightly if they brown too rapidly to ensure they cook on the inside.

  6. Serve on a wire rack with kitchen paper below to collect any extra oil.

Tips to prepare the perfect Gateau Piment:

  1. Enjoy the piment gateau alone or with freshly made bread and butter!

  2. The baking soda keeps the gateau piment crunchy for a longer period of time!

  3. Keep the split peas somewhat gritty rather than pureed to make the gateau piment crunchier!

  4. Before frying, ensure sure your cooking oil is hot enough. Otherwise, the gateau piment will absorb too much oil!

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