Butter bean Mauritian curry a.k.a “cari gros pois”

I had a craving for home food this week. Back at home, we ate curry on a regular basis and the Indian food in Canada just isn’t the same (is home food ever the same outside of home!?) I had one precious free day on the weekend, and obviously decided that I’d be happiest listening to music and cooking up a storm while it rained outside. I even made “roti” – commonly called paratha on menus here. I was delighted with the results – it tasted just like home, and is pretty healthy considering that it’s basically beans, vegetables and spice. My partner, who works up to 36hr shifts at a time and needs a lot of packable meals, was fanatical about this curry and requested that I “make a vat” next time! I’m officially adding this to my roster of things to make regularly. I had it with roti for dinner, and spooned it over roasted cauliflower for my lunch the next day!

Note: Long-haired ladies, you hair WILL smell of curry after making this. Tie up your hair or strategically time your curry-cooking to your hair-washing. Unless you like the aroma of curry wafting around your face with every head toss. In that case, ignore this note.


  • 2 cans of butter beans
  • 5-8 roma tomatoes
  • 2 medium sized red onions
  • 6 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 heaped tsp of turmeric
  • 2Tb of curry powder (I used a Mauritian brand but I’ve seen other types of curry powders for sale)
  • Chopped thai chili pepper or jalapeno – to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat up some oil and salt at medium-high temperature. Add in your chopped onions and cook for 5-7min.
  2. Add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, and jalapenos. Cook for a couple more minutes and add the drained butter beans.
  3. Mix the curry powder and turmeric with about a half cup of water, and add to the pot. Mix everything.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for about 20min.
  5. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve with plain rice, coconut rice or rotis, as well as more chilis if you’d like!


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