Réunionese Rougail

Réunionese Rougail

Rougail is the name of a spicy condiment and of the dish called Rougail Sausages, which is a curry made from smoked sausages.

La Réunion

This dish is one of the most well-known specialties from the cultural melting pot La Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.

  • Substitute sausages with 1 can of beans, rinsed. 
  • Add 2 finely chopped carrots, bell pepper, or other vegetable to the sauce.
  • Add fresh chili to taste.
The Rougail Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

[1] Thyme, turmeric, bay leaves

[2] Makrut lime leaves

Makrut limes
Please take the time to smell the makrut lime leaves powder.
Réunionese Rougail

Réunionese Rougail Saucisses

This dish is one of the most well-known specialties from the cultural melting pot La Réunion, one of five French oversea regions. Less than 1 Million people live on the small tropical island in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius. Rougail saucisses is made preferably with spicy smoked sausages or chicken.
Take a moment to smell the distinctive makrut lime leaves.
Hands-on Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine La Réunionese
Servings 3


  • 1 lb smoked sausages e.g. Andouille or vegan
  • 1 lettuce of your choice sliced
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 orange for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  • 1-2 fresh chilies
  • 1 cup vegetables of your choice e. g.
  • bell pepper broccoli, zucchini,
  • all finely chopped

Suggested Side

  • 2 cups cooked rice

Rougail Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Thyme, turmeric, ginger, bay leaves
  • Pouch [2] Makrut lime leaves 



  • Mix 1 tbsp orange juice with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil. Mix or shake well.
  • Toss dressing over lettuce.

Prepare Sausages

  • Prick each sausage 2 times with a fork.
  • In a POT, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  • Add sausages and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the sausages. Let cool.
  • Cut them into 1/2-inch slices. Set aside.


  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry onions until translucent.
  • Add garlic, carrots, and sausages.
  • Optionally, add chilies and other vegetables.
  • Fry 5-10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add tomatoes, salt & pepper to taste, and Rougail [1] spices. Mix well.
  • Cover. Cook 20 minutes over low heat. Stir occasionally.


  • Sprinkle Rougail [2] spices to taste over plated Rougail or salad.
  • Enjoy!


  • Substitute sausages with chicken breast or thighs (cut into 1/2 inch pieces) or 1 can Kidney beans (rinsed) and skip the ‘Prepare Sausages’ step.