Tekwa: Sweet Pocket Stuffed with Peas

Tekwa is for me one of the most interesting things I’ve tasted in Mauritius. I bought it blindly, not having any idea what it was. This type of purchase often turns out well, but sometimes not. However, I would recommend trying tekwa to absolutely everyone who visits Mauritius and isn’t afraid to try something new.

Tekwa - sweet pea-filled pocket

Tekwa is a fried pocket filled with a sweet mixture of yellow split peas and fennel seeds. The combination of yellow split peas, fennel, and sugar may sound unusual, but trust me, it’s a delightfully flavored dish. Although tekwa is fried, it’s not greasy and doesn’t come across as heavy food.

Tekwa - sweet pea-filled pocket

The preparation is not complicated. Split yellow peas are boiled in water with fennel seeds until soft. After that, they are drained, keeping the liquid aside. The cooked peas are then ground to a powder consistency in a blender, sugar and dried grated coconut are added. The dough is made from flour and the pea broth, to which dried milk, more fennel seeds, sugar, baking powder, and butter are added. The kneaded dough is divided into egg-sized balls, from which flat disks are formed by hand. The pea filling is placed in the center, the dough is then closed back into a ball shape and rolled out with a rolling pin into a flat disk, which is then fried in oil. For those interested, the detailed recipe for tekwa can be found here:

Tekwa is the most interesting new flavor for me that I have tasted in Mauritius and I would love to try it home.

Tekwa at the market
Tekwa at the market

Tekwa is sold still warm and wrapped in a bag. I bought two pieces of tekwa for 25 MUR, which is about 0.50 EUR at the Quatre Bornes market, but you can also find it elsewhere. If you’re not afraid of trying new flavors, you should definitely give tekwa a try!

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