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5 must-try dishes in the Maldives – Flavours from Tropical Maldives

The beautiful Maldives is the perfect getaway to treat yourself for some sun, sand and ocean time. If you are heading down to the blue tropical islands you need to know and prepare yourself to be able to experience some authentic cuisine from the Maldives. Food within the Maldives is a fusion which has been influenced by Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan and oriental cuisines. Here are 5 of the must-try dishes while you are in the Maldives



Since the islands are surrounded by the ocean, most of their dishes revolve around seafood and mainly Tuna fish. This particular dish is a soup or a fish broth that is accompanied with steamed rice, chilli, onions and lime for garnishing. The fresh tuna cubes prepared with different spices with a good balance to excite your palette is the beauty of this dish even though it sounds very simple. This is one of the most popular dishes you will come across in the Maldives and an authentic Garudhiya can be found in any Maldives beach resort.


Mas Huni

The most popular breakfast in the Maldives is known to be Mas Huni. Once again revolving around fish, this dish involves shredded fish cooked with onions and served with grated coconuts. What better way to savour an authentic Maldivian meal than to sit by the ocean, soaking up the beautiful blue hues of the sky and enjoying nature at its best. The Residence Maldives by Cenizaro is an ideal location where you can become one with nature while enjoying a splendid meal. This dish is usually enjoyed with warm freshly made Indian bread or Roshi flatbread.


Kulhi Boakibaa

This dish is a mouth-watering treat if you love spicy food. Kulhi Boakibaa is also made with fish and involves shredded coconut and rice and a few other ingredients. The dish is a fish cake that is a very popular snack during tea time in the Maldives. It can be cooked on the stove top or be baked like a traditional cake. Maldivians have a special place in their heart for Tuna and coconut, this dish is the perfect example for that. If you love tea and something spicy to accompany your tea then you are sure to be delighted by Kulhi Boakibaa.


Bajiyaa & Bis Keemiya

Maldivians like their neighbouring Southeast Asian countries love their snacks. These particular snacks are very similar to the Indian Samosa. Bajiyaa is a form of pastry that has a stuffing with a mix of fish, onions, coconuts and generally served with fried onions sprinkled on top. Bis Keemiya is also a pastry but has a combination of hard-boiled egg, shredded cabbage and onions mixed to make the filling. If you are a fan of Samosa or crispy pastries these are bound to steal your heart.


Saagu Bondibai

This final dish is a sweet dish to give your taste buds a change of flavour. The dish is made with Sago which is very popular in the Maldives. This is generally served as a pudding but can also be found as a drink in several road-side restaurants. The dish is made with a mix of sago, coconut milk, cardamom infused with thick and mouth-watering condensed milk. This is a dish that can be served as a hot or cold pudding and depending on the restaurant they have different forms of serving it. Saagu Bondibai is bound to be a sweet treat in your mouth and an exquisite dish to enjoy Maldivian cuisine.