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Mauritian La Daube Poulet


Coronavirus 2020. A lot happening in terms of mind matters. It’s been over a week I am not sleeping. My mood is ok, I am feeling quite positive yet at night I starring the ceiling a lot.  When I am checking in with myself, I can’t seems to find an answer to why I could be anxious yet I am listening to all the podcast that I didn’t have time to listen before.

My energy level in the morning is still quite good given I am not sleeping. I am considerably managing well with the kids and getting plenty of things done all day.

Overall, slowing down the outside world, spending more time with the kids. Appreciating the school and the teachers more than ever.

As much as I believe that through this crisis that we are all forced to live in a certain way I am also aware that somewhere people are in pain because of this.

My complaint about the amount of work I have to do around the house sounds so petty in comparison to what really is happening.

But this is what is happening in my world therefore I am sharing it on social media. As a mean to distract myself or my readers.

Speaking of distraction, there has been a lot of it, whether it is scrubbing the house or cooking up a storm!

I am sure you are the same?

But then I always cooked from scratch. Some people are really challenged to think on their feet at the moment. This will only help them in the future.

The recipe I am sharing today is a common La Daube Poulet from Mauritius my home country. It is one of my favourite food to eat from Mauritius. The sweet tomato and herb flavour with just a tiny hint of cumin and chilli is very more’ ish.
La Daube is from France, thanks to the French colony back in 1700.  You can use any protein or veg to make this la daube. There are many vegetarian variations to la daube such as potato and boiled eggs or chickpeas and potatoes.

You may have noticed that I used Chicken on the bones here, I buy a whole chicken and chop it off myself. It’s cheaper that way to feed us all and I love chicken on the bones rather than the breast. It tastes much better in my opinion.

Here are a few easier to make chicken recipes for you that kids and grown-ups would love.



  • Mauritian La Daube Poulet

    Mauritian La Daube Poulet


    • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee
    • 1 whole chicken 1.2 kg
    • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
    • 1 can of chickpeas
    • 3 medium-size potatoes
    • 1 onion - finely chopped
    • 3 plum tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
    • 1 table spoon of ginger and garlic paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
    • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
    • Sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary
    • Water as necessary


    1. Break the chicken if using the whole chicken.
    2. Peel the potatoes and chop them about the same size as the chicken if possible.
    3. Put some coconut oil or ghee into a large pan.
    4. Fry the onions until brown and soft.
    5. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of whole cumin seeds and fry for few seconds only.
    6. Add the chicken, potatoes and the ginger and garlic paste. Season, stir well and cover to cook. This should take about 30 minutes or until chicken is almost done. Keep stirring a few times in between.
    7. When the chicken and potatoes are almost done, add the fresh tomatoes, the can chopped tomatoes, chilli, ground cumin, and chickpeas.
    8. Stir well to mix and let it cook for another 10 minutes or so. The tomatoes should be reduced and sticking to the bottom.
    9. If you want a little saucy then add about 2 cans of water and simmer.
    10. Adjust seasoning and serve with rice.
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  1. Ayesha Merenkov-Peeroo
    April 29, 2020 / 5:10 am

    This was so good! I never thought to add chickpeas to the La Daube but it was amazing. I look forward to trying to new recipes and will share this one.

    • Mira
      April 29, 2020 / 5:49 am

      Ayesha! that is so lovely to hear! It gives me so much joy. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Tag me on insta if you share

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