Dried Octopus is a delicacy in Rodrigues, a small island in the Southern Indian Ocean. The island is surrounded by a very shallow reef and at low tide, the locals walk across the reef hunting out octopus. After gutting them, they stretch the octopuses on a stick and hang them out to dry for five days. The result is a leathery-looking octopus, which is sold in the local markets for about £2.50 per octopus.
We bought a pack of three dried octopuses from a lady who was drying them on the south coast of Rodrigues - she told us how to cook them.
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes