The Eastern region of Reunion shows the greatest concentration of people of Indian origin, because, together with the southwest of the island, it is a geographical area of sugar heritage. Indeed, the ancestors of today's Malbars (Reunionese people of Indian origin) were indentured to work mainly in the sugar estates after the abolition of slavery. Coming from Tamil Nadu, they brought with them their traditions together with their cuisine which has profoundly influenced the Reunionese gastronomy.
The cabri massalé (goat masala) can be considered a typical Indo-Reunionese dish. The masala is of course the mixture of spices (coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard seeds, cloves and turmeric), of which there are many variants. In Reunion, cabri is the word for goat, which the Tamil community sacrifices on the occasion of certain religious celebrations, and is then cooked and eaten around the temple. The preparation of cabri massalé has now extended to the entire population of Reunion, and is part of the traditional dishes of the island.