Today, 12th March, Mauritius celebrates its 43rd Independence day. The National Day is a double cause for rejoicement as our island also became a Republic on the same day in 1992. The official ceremony held to commemorate the event includes the traditional flag-raising in presence of a special guest. This year, the President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E Mr Mohamed Nasheed, has been invited as Chief Guest.

Various activities have been scheduled by the Ministry of Arts and Culture including a Festival Mauricien during the month of March to showcase the rich creative Mauritian skills in the artistic and cultural fields, a Marche de l’Unité and a Salon Culinaire. The festivities are gonna end with a concert by local artists and a display of fireworks at midnight.

I did not feel like getting up particularly early today. It must have been the first time I’ve had a good night’s sleep since I joined Gynae & Obs. After hoisting the quadricolore on my rooftop, I set about making the delicious steamed poudine featured below. The main ingredient – manioc/ cassava – must have been a regular staple in our pre-independance days. While not being as popular as it was back then, I’m pretty sure many of you would be happy to have the recipe of the homemade version handy in case you need to bring something tipikmen moricien at your next mauritian gathering.




500g manioc/cassava

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1 tbs butter, for greasing


  • Peel the cassava by removing the outer fibrous layer. You should ideally wear disposable gloves when doing this.


  • Finely grate cassava and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix all ingredients together except for the coconut. 


  • Pour into a lightly greased baking pan and steam for about 30-45 minutes until everything forms a glutinous mass.

  • Allow to cool for at least 2 hours before unmoulding.
  • Cut poudine into 1″ squares with a sharp buttered knife.
  • Roll in dessicated coconut to prevent them from sticking.

Long Live Mauritius!