Mauritian La Daube Poulet




  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 whole chicken 1.2 kg
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas( white chane)
  • 3 medium-size potatoes
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes(bair tomato)
  • 1 tsp of cumin(zeera) powder
  • 1 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp of whole cumin seeds( sabut zeera)
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme(jungli podina or herb)
  • 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.
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  5. Fry the onions until brown and soft.
  6. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of whole cumin seeds(sabut zeera) and fry for few seconds only.
  7. 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.
  8. When the chicken and potatoes are almost done, add the fresh tomatoes, the can chopped tomatoes, chilli, ground cumin, and chickpeas(chane).
  9. Stir well to mix and let it cook for another 10 minutes or so. The tomatoes should be reduced and sticking to the bottom.
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  11. If you want a little saucy then add about 2 cans of water and simmer.
  12. Adjust seasoning and serve with rice.

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