Recipes from British Indian Ocean Territories (Chagos): Mouf

Recipes from British Indian Ocean Territories


Country: British Indian Ocean Territories (Chagos)
Course: Dessert
Makes: 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups white rice
  • Water to cover
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large, square pieces of banana leaf


  1. Cover the rice with water and soak 30 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the rice to a food processor. Pulse until the rice looks like little beads.
  2. Add the coconut milk and sugar and stir until you get a nice batter.
  3. Lay the banana leaf flat on your work surface and pour the batter onto the leaf.
  4. Wrap the mouf batter in the leaf and submerged the entire packet in a pot of boiling water for about 30 minutes.
  5. At the end of 30 minutes, the mouf should be pretty soft. If the rice is still crunchy, put it back in the boiling water for another 15 minutes or until done.