Liquid Mineral

From the midst of the granitic rocks of Seychelles, buried deep beneath the roots of the trees and the fertile soil of these islands, the purest form of life emerges; Water. I dearly apologize if that was a bit too dramatic for your liking, but the fun topic today is water. Yes you heard me right! Water. So why are we talking about water?

Sometimes you travel to another country and you want to have a bottle of water once in a while because, not to state the obvious but it’s good for your health. So, you want to have that bottle of water but you can’t because either the water is salty or it’s not hygienic enough for your liking. Well guess what? You already know the answer but I’ll tell you.

Seychelles is not that kind of island. It may be an island however since it is a granitic island Seychelles has one of the purest form of mineral water you can look for. The water is harvested from the hydrological cycle where the water evaporates from the ocean and into the clouds and later on is purified to fall on the granitic paradise of Seychelles. The clouds are not polluted therefore the water is as pure as it can be.

It is absolutely possible to by bottles of water at the shop in Seychelles for less than 20 rupees and the bottles of water are guaranteed to be mineral water. Moreover the tap water in Seychelles is treated when it comes to you tap, which means you can wash your hands or anything in the water, it will not be harmful to your health unless you already had water related issues.

If clean water is something you were worried about when coming to Seychelles, worry not! Because mineral water is at your disposal.

Full Stomach

The staples of any Seychellois dinner can be from grilled fish and spinach, to spicy curries and lentils.

Grilled fish may not be unique to the Seychelles Islands but its flavoring and preparation just might be. Here on the islands, tourists can find grilled fish in almost every restaurant or evening bazar. They can see it being prepared in banana leaves on an open fire or on a small grill. To top off this delicious meal is a mixture of tomatoes and onions and even the occasional bilimbi.

If you don’t like your fish grilled then you can have it stewed with some “bouyon bred”; a spinach dish that is definitely a fan favorite in creole homes.

Curry is the way to go when you want to spice things up; my personal favorite is a hot beef curry. Armed with some local spices and a strong masala, you can make this tasty meal. On special occasions you can find bat curry (kari sousouri) heating up in the pot. It may sound unappealing but it is definitely a cultural meal to most locals. Curry can be made with a variety of different meat ranging from fish to lamb to pork, chicken or octopus. When it comes to this dinner, anything is possible as long as you have the right ingredients.

One of my favorite dishes growing up, when I barely reached my mother’s hip, was Rougay Sosis. A simple yet savory dish made with local sausage and tomatoes served over rice. The perfect addition to any meal, though, has to be a chutney (satini) or a salad. Each dish has a specific accompaniment that goes better with it. For example the Rougay Sosis could be paired up with a pumpkin chutney whereas a beef curry goes well with a cucumber salad. But this could be different for everyone!

Lentils are a must have for most meals. They go perfect with almost everything thing. Add some local sausage or pork cracklings for an extra flavor. Pour it on top of some safran rice and fill up your stomach with pure yummy-ness.

But for the true Seychellois food experience, one must always try the chili. There are different versions of the “piman” from blended with onions to chopped in oil, but the result is almost the same. The spiciness brings out the flavor of the entire dish and makes it even more heavenly. But don’t take it from me! Try it out at a variety of restaurants, hotels and bars that our beautiful islands have to offer!

Check out a full list of restaurants and bars here and more info on the local market here.