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14 Tempting dishes and drinks to try in Maldives – A trip intertwined with tropical eats and drinks

A Maldivian food excursion involves sitting at a beach restaurant in the full view of the sea eating seafood while sipping a glass of wine. If this is your idea of a fun Maldivian holiday, read on.



This is one of the traditional dishes in the Maldives. Garudhiya is a soup-like curry that's made of fish and water. The best Maldives restaurants usually serve Garudhiya with a bowl of rice, a bit of chilli and onions.


Mas Huni

You can find this dish anywhere in the Maldives. Mas Huni is a local favourite that's made of shredded tuna, grated coconuts and onions. This is usually consumed for breakfast with rice, bread or chapati.



This is a roti that comes with a filling of tuna and coconut. The flavour of the food is enhanced by the addition of curry leaves and spices.


Bis Keemiya

Bis Keemiya is a Maldivian snack that's similar to spring rolls. The filling is made of tuna, hardboiled eggs, onions and shredded cabbage. This is one of the classic dishes in the Maldives and a must-try.


Boshi Mashuni

A fusion of shredded banana flowers and fresh coconut, Boshi Mashuni is a salad served at Maldivian eateries. Curry leaves, turmeric, cumin and lime give it a strong and tangy flavour.


Fried yams

Yams can be found in abundance in the Maldives. As a result, fried yams have become a Maldivian favourite. It is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and makes for a delicious snack that can be enjoyed at any time.


Saagu Bondibai

This is a pudding made from sago and extremely popular among the locals. The Maldivians warm sago with coconut milk and laces it with condensed milk. The added essence of rose and cardamom makes it even more delectable. If you are a vegetarian, Saagu Bondibai is a dish you must try while in the Maldives.


Reef Fish Cutlets

The version tourists get to enjoy is Tandoor masala spiced reef fish cutlet; this is another snack you can enjoy in the Maldives. Usually, reef fish cutlets are accompanied by a dish of chutney, papaya or cucumber.



This is an evening snack served with tea or coffee. Gulha is similar to dumplings, and it is stuffed with a filling made of fish, onions, grated coconuts and chilli.


Kulhi Boakibaa

Kulhi Boakibaa is a cake made with fish and falls into the category of must-try Maldivian food. Locals prepare this dish on special occasions, but a guest at Baros Maldives can enjoy the delights of this Maldivian favourite any day.



Sai translates to tea. The Maldivians are followers of the British tea tradition. They like to have black tea and milk tea with various dainties.


Maldivian Lady

This is a classic Maldivian drink made of fruits. The aromatic drink is just the tonic for you on a hot and humid day. The ingredients used for Maldivian Lady are pineapple, orange, apricot brandy, grenadine and white rum.


Biyadhoo Special

This is a delicious concoction of fresh juice and alcohol. The juice comes in a stemmed cocktail glass. Biyadhoo Special is made with one part pineapple juice, one part vodka and two parts melon juice; it is usually served with a slice of pineapple.


Lucky & Al

This is one of the most expensive cocktails found in the Maldives. Lucky & Al is a strong fusion of spirits and a cocktail classic. It is said that this was created to pay tribute to the Prohibition Era in the US. This is an expensive drink, but you are sure to get your money's worth.