Foods of Maldives: Famous Dishes of Maldives
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If you are vacationing in the Maldives you will find lots of activities to do and lots of amazing places to visit in the Maldives. The Indian Ocean not only adds up to the beauty of Maldives but it also helps in providing Maldivians with varieties of seafood options. The cuisines of Maldives are all about tuna and coconut. Among all the international dishes available here make sure you do grab a bite of some of the traditional food of Maldives.
Some of the food of Maldives is:
Garudhiya is one of the traditional dishes of Maldives and it is basically a fish broth. This fish soup is cooked using tuna species like skipjack, yellowfin tuna, little tunny, or frigate tuna. The basic ingredients used to make Garudhiya are fish, salt, and water. People also use many variants to make this dish like some add onions, curry leaves, and chilies for the flavor. As Garudhiya made with tuna is quite loved and cherished among the Maldives, this dish is also made using other fishes like wahoo, Bluefin jack, and mahi-mahi. It is eaten usually with steamed rice and roshi (Maldivian chapati) or boiled taro or boiled breadfruit.
Mas Huni is another typical dish of the Maldives made of tuna, coconut, chili, and onion. This popular dish of Maldives is commonly eaten as a breakfast. Earlier to prepare this dish, Maldives’s fish was used but now people used canned tuna. All the ingredients are freshly chopped or grated and then mixed together. The mixed food is then served with freshly baked, Maldives Chapati called Roshi.
If you want to try something new and delicious then do try Masroshi of Maldives. This another traditional dish of Maldives is sure to make you crave for more. It is a chapati that is stuffed with smoked tuna and coconut. Masroshi has a filling of grated smoked tuna and coconut, curry leaves, chilli, onion, lime, and salt. All the fillings are filled in the normal roshi dough which is then flattened and cooked in a pan with lots of butter. It is then served hot to eat with black tea.
Bis Keemiya is another mouthwatering dish of the Maldives that is easily available in any of the restaurants of the Maldives. This delicacy of Maldives is also eaten as a breakfast or a light snack. Bis Keemiya is like a samosa or a spring roll. The filling of this dish is what makes the dish amazing. The filling is made up of hard-boiled eggs or tuna, onions, cabbage. All these ingredients are grated and then mixed together with lime and salt for taste.
Boshi Mashuni is a Banana Flower Salad and is another gem of Maldives cuisine. This can be eaten as a side dish or be eaten as the main dish if you want to have light food. Boshi Mashuni is somewhat a salsa and a salad. The main ingredients that make this dish are shredded banana flowers and coconut. Turmeric, curry leaves, onion, lime, spices, cumin, and Maldivian chili adds to the rich flavor of the dish.
Yams are one of the rare crops that are grown in the fields of Maldives. This is what makes Yams a must-try food of this island nation. Fried Yams are quite popular among the people of Maldives and is quite easily available in the restaurants of Maldives. The yams are fried in butter in medium flame until it gets golden brown. It is then served with various types of sauces. Do have a taste of this dish of Maldives to get a closer taste of Maldives.
This delicacy of Maldives is also very popular among Maldivians. Kulhi Boakibaa is basically a fish cake. The primary ingredient of this cake is smoked tuna fish, grated coconut, ground rice, and onions. This mouth-watering dish is a favorite of sea-food lovers. Kulhi Boakibaa is specially cooked on several occasions in Maldivian homes. You can munch on this dish at any cafés here.
As coconut is really loved in the Maldives and most of their traditional dishes have coconut in it. Saagu Bondibai is one such dish of the Maldives that is loved by vegetarians here. The rich aroma and taste are surely going to make you want this more. The main ingredient of this pudding is sago or sabudana. The sago is warmed with coconut milk and condensed milk. The taste is then enriched with cardamom and rose.
Reef Fish Cutlets
Another sea-food that makes a huge part of the Maldivian dish is Reed Fish Cutlets. It is a very famous dish in the island nation. The Reef fish is cooked with Tandoor Masala spices in the form of a cutlet. It is then served with various side options like coconut and mint chutney, papaya chutney, or cucumber chutney. Ufa Maldivian Restaurant and Sea Fire Salt are some of the restaurants where it is easily available.
Gulha is a light snack or evening snack popular dish in the Maldives. These are small ball-like dumplings filled with various ingredients. The main ingredients are flour, coconut, tuna fish, chili, and onion. The mixture is then wrapped in the outer layer made of flour. It is then baked and served hot. Some people also add turmeric, curry leaves, and lime juice to the mixture for a better taste. Gulha tastes best with tea or coffee.