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Must Try Traditional Maldivian Cuisine – Island Flavours

The Maldives is an archipelago of over 1,000 islands dotting the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Go there for loads of fun in the sun and those gorgeous white sand beaches. But don't miss out on the exotic food; here are some of the best traditional Maldivian cuisine you must try.


Mas Huni – The Ever Popular Tuna Salad

Maldivian cuisine, also called Dhivehi cuisine, is made up of tropical ingredients; coconuts, fish, exotic spices and a variety of starches. Fish is a main ingredient for the islanders and one of the most popular is the tuna salad called Mas Huni. This fresh salad is a favourite at breakfast and is eaten with a warm batch of coconut roti. The salad is made with flaked tuna, onions, chilli, salt, lime and coconut. Most resorts like Huvafen Fushi Maldives, offer a variety dining options and are home to some of the best restaurants in Maldives where you can taste delicious local dishes.


The Wholesome Gharudhiya Fish Soup

A lovely comfort food Maldivians cook almost everyday is the very wholesome Gharudhiya fish soup. The clear broth is ideal to enjoy with soft fluffy rice, lime and chilies for some heat. The soup is made with large chunks of tuna, some lime, onions and chili. A must try on a cool sultry day.


Delicious Fish Cakes – Kulhi Boakiba

This is a festive dish which Maldivians have been making for thousands of years. Fish cakes are reserved for special occasions, although the food is eaten as a snack at tea time too. The type of short eat you will love to savour, while chilling on the terrace of your Maldives villa; fish cakes are made with smoked tuna, grated coconut, chilli, lime, rice, ginger and other lovely island ingredients.


Sweet Sticky Rice For Treating Your Sweet Tooth

Hondulu Bondibai is a very sweet dessert made for memorable occasions such as when a child is born. The sticky rice made for such special celebrations, is bundled up into parcels and distributed to all the houses in the neighbourhood. The sweet rice is eaten with sago or boiled bread fruit and remains one of the islander's special dishes which you simply cannot miss out on.


Other Must Try Traditional Dishes In The Maldives

Here are some other dishes in the Maldives you will find uniquely different and packed with flavour. Banbukeylu harissa is a nice thick curry made with steamed breadfruit, thick coconut milk, onion and chilli. Bis Keemiya is another brilliant little snack to savour with tea, it's a type of pastry filled with tuna and boiled egg. Then there is the range of short eats called 'hendhikaa' consisiting of samosas and other bite sized finger food. Sold at the cafes on Male and your Maldives resorts pastry shops, these snacks are perfect for chilling with a cup of tea while savouring island vibes.

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