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7 amazing Maldivian Dishes – The culinary delights of Maldives

The Maldives is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world and the food you get to try is absolutely delightful.


Mas Huni

Since the Maldives is surrounded by the Indian Ocean it doesn't come as a surprise that most of the dishes in Maldivian cuisine revolves around seafood. This particular dish is absolutely loved by locals and foreigners alike and it can be found in most of the restaurants. It is a side dish that is eaten with chapatti, roti or even bread. The dish is made with shredded Smoked Tuna and mixed with grated coconuts, lemon, and chopped onions. If you are dining in the Maldives then there is no doubt that you will get to taste Mas Huni at least once.



If you love roti then masrohi is the winner because the flavours are bound to make you want to keep eating more. It is a roti prepared with scraped coconuts, wheat flour, salt and water and then the centre is filled with smoked tuna and coconut. The flavours are brought to life with the curry leaves and the spices that are mixed with the fish preparation.


Boshi Mashuni

The famous banana leaf salad in the Maldives is a delightful treat made with banana flowers, coconuts along with curry leaves and spices that make the salad a treat to your taste-buds. It is a common dish that is available in most households. You can come across this at most of the restaurants in hotels such as Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives.


Bis Keemiya

This savoury snack is an interesting fusion between a samosa and a spring roll. The crunchy outside combined with the moist filling creates a great balance. If you love street food then you will absolutely love Bis Keemiya as they are available with many different fillings in roadside shops. The traditional Bis Keemiya is filled with a boiled egg or tuna with onions and shredded and gently fried cabbage. With the development and influence of other countries, Bis Keemiya is now available in many different fillings such as seafood, chicken, vegetables, and egg.


Fried Yams

This is another delightful street food that you can find in abundance in the Maldives. Yams are one of the few things are that grown in these islands which allows the locals to use the potato in their food a lot. The fried yams are available at most street food stalls at outdoor markets and it is served with different sauces which make the experiences exciting each and every time.


Reef Fish Cutlets

These are yet another delightful savoury snack that can be seen at many households in the Maldives as well as with many street food vendors. The reef fish cutlets are a delightful treat when you are going sight-seeing or travelling. They are generally served with tomato sauce, mint chutney or papaya and cucumber chutney.


Saagu Bondi

Saagu which is known as Sago in English is a common ingredient in Maldivian desserts. This particular one is made where the coconut milk and the sago is warmed together in a pan and then topped off with condensed milk. In order to balance the sweetness and to make sure it is not overpowering, cardamom and rose essence is infused which creates a great balance in flavours.