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Mauritian Braised Aubergine


When I was a child many many years ago, my mother used to cook this aubergine touffer, (braised aubergine almost every week. Know why? It was cheap and she loved it. But I hated it.

This was known as poor people’s food.  Many years later, I can eat this aubergine touffer every single day! Know why? it’s cheap and I love it. All four of my children hates it.

Does that stop me from cooking this vegetable? No not a all, I am hoping that in the future they also will love it as I do.

Aubergine is quite a versatile vegetable to cook with, it takes on any flavours you add it with.  In Mauritius, there is a famous fresh fish and aubergine curry that is so adored by Mauritians around.

Then, it can be cooked as a vegetarian dish with boiled eggs or chickpeas too.

Do you like aubergine? What’s your favourite way of eating it?

Mauritian Braised Aubergine

Mauritian Braised Aubergine


  • 2 aubergines
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 dry chillies
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, if required


  1. Wash the aubergines, slice them length size as shown in the picture.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan, add the onions and the chillies and fry until brown.
  3. Add the chopped aubergine and tomatoes and season well.
  4. Stir, cover with a lid and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Keep stirring in between and adding drops of water to prevent it from sticking at the bottom.
  5. Serve with brown rice and some protein.
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