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Savouring Chicken Daube: Mauritius's Culinary Treasure

Unraveling the Secrets of Chicken Daube

With each spoonful of Chicken Daube, you'll get a tantalizing taste of Mauritius's rich culinary heritage. This dish, a vibrant, flavorful stew, is one of the island's best-kept secrets. We'll delve into the intricacies of this beloved meal, explore its history, and teach you how to prepare it at home with our tried-and-true recipe.

A Deep Dive into the History of Chicken Daube

A blend of French and Creole influences, Chicken Daube is a testament to the island's diverse culinary lineage. The word 'daube' is derived from 'daubière', a French term for a pot used to slow-cook stews. Brought to Mauritius by French colonists, this traditional technique was adapted to local ingredients and Creole flavors, giving birth to the delectable Chicken Daube.

Anatomy of a Perfect Chicken Daube

Creating a Chicken Daube that sings with flavor involves careful consideration of each ingredient.

The Poultry:

It all starts with the chicken. Opt for free-range chicken if possible - its meat is leaner and more flavorful. The dark meat is a fan favorite for this dish due to its juiciness.

The Aromatics:

A medley of onions, garlic, and ginger forms the aromatic base of the stew. These ingredients are finely chopped and sautéed until they are soft and golden.

The Spices:

Cinnamon, cloves, and thyme lend a warm, earthy flavor profile. Freshly ground spices provide the best flavor.

The Tomatoes:

Fresh, ripe tomatoes add acidity and sweetness to the stew. They break down during cooking, creating a rich, velvety sauce.

A Step-by-Step Recipe for an Authentic Chicken Daube

Let's delve into the process of making your Chicken Daube. It might seem challenging at first glance, but with a bit of patience and precision, you'll master it in no time.

Ingredients

  • 1kg free-range chicken

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 inch of ginger, grated

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preparation: Cut the chicken into pieces and marinate it with salt and pepper. Let it rest for about 30 minutes.

  2. Building the Base: Heat some oil in a pot and add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until they're golden brown.

  3. Adding the Spices: Stir in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and thyme. Sauté for a minute to allow the spices to release their aroma.

  4. Cooking the Chicken: Add the chicken pieces to the pot and brown them on all sides.

  5. Simmering the Stew: Add the tomatoes and enough water to cover the chicken. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours.

  6. Serving the Daube: Adjust the seasoning, then serve the stew with rice or warm bread.

 

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