‘Gato Piman’ – Chilli Cakes recipe

Source: Sesel Sa! magazine

A traditional Seychellois recipe that is popular for beach picnics and parties, the Gato Piman is a tantalizing snack bursting with spices. They taste great with dips and are easy to make. There’s always room to be creative by adding other interesting ingredients to the mix.


150g red lentils
1 medium onion chopped
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
3 tbsp plain flour
4 green or red chillies, finely chopped
Sunflower or groundnut oil, for frying
Salt, to taste


Preparing the cakes

Wash the lentils, place in a bowl, cover with water and set aside to soak overnight.

The following day, drain the lentils then place in a blender or food processor and process them lightly.

Transfer the lentils to a bowl and mix in the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies. Season with salt then mix in enough plain flour to bind everything together.

Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan. When the oil is hot, drop in the lentil batter by the tablespoon and fry for a few minutes, or until golden brown on the base. Flip over and cook until golden brown on the other side.

Place them in a serving bowl and serve warm.


Preparation + Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Serves 4-5

‘Gato Piman’. Photo courtesy Dominic Elizabeth. All rights reserved.

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