Tomato rougail

Creole Spicy Tomato Rougail

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Tomato rougail is essential in creole cuisine. This rougail accompanied almost everything, carry, rice… Always spicy, is made with onion, cilantro, and hot pepper. Tomato rougail is cold and will give freshness to your dish.

What is “Combava” (Kaffir Lime) ?

The fruit, the kaffir lime is round from 5 to 8 cm, very bumpy with the lumpy rind extremely rich in essential oils; it is tightened at the top, forming a nipple. It’s base round. The fruit pulp is very acidic. It contains seeds. Kaffir lime use in Reunionese cuisine. Its zest enhances the taste of many dishes, such as Rougails, carries, and punches. Kaffir lime also use in Reunion in specific cold cuts such as pâtés, Bouchons, and sausages. It also uses for the manufacture of rum arranged: Rum arranged Combava. It is usually the skin of the kaffir lime that eat in the form of zest. This skin gives a unique taste to desserts or even to certain cooked fish. The leaves are also trendy for flavoring soups or marinades.

What is Rougail?

In Reunion, Rougail is a cold accompaniment that serves with curries, grilled meat or fish, and certain dishes in sauce.

The principle is to chop the vegetable or fruit trim and mix it with a pounded preparation: onion, garlic, ginger, chili, salt, and another flavoring of your choice.

The Pestle and Mortar in Reunion

Essential utensil in Reunionese cuisine. Pestle and mortar to effectively grind spices and herbs.

Below the Classic recipe of Tomato Rougail:

Creole Spicy Tomato Rougail

Recipe by MayeliceCourse: Accompaniment Rougail, Creole RecipesCuisine: Creole, ReunioneseDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the one of my favorite Classic Tomato Rougail accompanied by rice, Cari or Rougail in Reunion.


  • 5 tomatoes

  • 1 chop onion

  • 3 fresh small green hot pepper

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

  • 3 tablespoons combava zest or cilantro


  • Cut tomatoes in cube (as small as possible)
  • Mash in a grinder spice or mortar half onion, red hot pepper, cilantro or combava, and coarse salt
  • In a medium bowl add tomatoes and mixture of red hot pepper
  • A table!


  • Use a mortar crush slowly with red hot pepper to not affect your eyes. If your eyes are affected, clean them straight with cold water. Clean your hands straight after using hot pepper.

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