A visit to Mauritius wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the local street food! It is delicious, cheap and authentic. Even if you are staying at a five star hotel, with the best chef in the world, we guarantee that your taste buds will love these yummy local specialties.
Let's learn how to make the famous Alouda, a delicious cold beverage made with milk, basil seeds and agar-agar which is especially refreshing on a hot summer day.
2 tablespoons basil seeds,
1 cup chopped agar agar strips,
1 litre cold milk,
500 ml water,
Crushed ice, Vanilla essence, Almond essence, Sugar to taste, Food colouring.
• Put the basil seeds in a flat dish and remove any non-seed material.
• Chop the agar agar strips into 12 mm (half inch) pieces. Separate the strips. Agar agar strips can be obtained from Asian shops.
If you cannot get agar agar strips, use set gelatine jelly, grated or chopped into small pieces. Alternatively, use tapioca strips.
• Soak the basil seeds and chopped agar agar strips in 500 ml water overnight. Alternatively, soak in luke warm water until the seeds are well swollen and the agar agar strips are soft to the touch.
• Make sure that the milk is very cold. Pre-cool your serving glasses in the fridge. Put sugar into the milk and sweeten to taste.
• Pour the sweetened milk into glasses until two thirds filled.
• Put two drops of your favourite essence and two drops of your favourite food colour in each glass.
• Mix well together.
• Put in three to four tablespoons of the swollen basil seeds and softened agar agar strips (alternatively the gelatine jelly pieces) in each glass. Mix well together. Top with crushed ice.
Close your eyes and imagine that you are in Port Louis market. Give the glass contents a quick stir. Slowly sip and drink the alooda.
Optional: Replace the milk with ice cold water for a plain alouda drink.
Enjoy. Perfect on hot days to cool the body down and quench thirst.