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Zourite curry recipe

One spoonful of grapeseed oil

Zourite curry, or zourite stew, is an alternative way of cooking octopus. In Reunion Island, it is called a stew whenever the recipe includes wine. This delicious dish is best served with white rice. I just know you’ll love it !
Zourite stew, one of the icons of Reunion Island cuisine, is pieces of braised zourite octopus in an aromatic sauce with red wine.

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Zourite curry recipe

Preparation time 30 minutes
Cooking time 55 minutes

Preparation

Clean the zourite octopus 

  • Check that the ink sac has been removed.
  • Soak the octopus in water containing rock salt and a little vinegar, and rub between your hands to remove the slimy film.
  • Rinse and cut into small pieces of roughly 2 cm.
  • Some people prefer to blanch the zourite to get rid of the greyish skin.

Cook by steaming

  • Drain the zourite well, place it in a saucepan and add the finely-chopped onions, finely-ground garlic and ginger, crushed tomatoes, spices and oil.
  • Add a leaf of allspice or ravensara as well as the thyme. Do not add salt.
  • Cover and cook on a low heat for one hour until the octopus is nice and tender.
  • Let the sauce reduce completely, then add the wine.
  • Allow to reduce again until the stew begins to form a skin.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and finely-chopped spring onions.

Ingredients

  • 2kg zourite
  • 200g onions
  • 50g garlic
  • 50g fresh ginger
  • 200g tomatoes
  • 100cl oil
  • 1 bottle (70cl) red wine
  • Fresh thyme
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Parsley
  • Spring onions
  • Vinegar
  • Rock salt
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Ravensara
  • Allspice