Octopus Curry: The Deeply Spiced National Treasure of The Seychelles By Nourishing Africa


Octopus Curry is a simple one-pot dish with spices in it that reflect the influence of early immigrants from India. Some of the ingredients include tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, curry leaves, curry powder, coriander and African cinnamon.

Due to the late arrival of electricity on the island, spices were used as preservatives in food. For this and larger historical reasons, curry – often based around masala spices, curry leaves, hot chilies and lots of freshly made coconut cream – is a staple on the island.


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Fresh Octopus is also a staple in Seychelles – local fishermen wander shallow reefs at low tide armed with only a sharpened stick and a piece of twine to secure their catch. Beautiful fresh octopus normally for sale on small make-shift stalls on the side of the coast, line markets. Octopus contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, selenium, and vitamin B12. These nutrients aid the formation of haemoglobin supports growth, support the maintenance of healthy hair, supports brain health and is a good source of energy.