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Ultimate Dish Bucket List for Food Lovers When in the Maldives – Let your taste buds dance in joy!

The best thing about Maldivian food is that it is surely a great fusion of many other traditional cuisines. It shows massive similarities with Indian, African, and Sri Lankan food, but this fusion is mouthwatering.


Fried Yams

If you are looking for a good snack to try out in the Maldives, here it is! Fried yams will taste almost like sweet potatoes, and the prices may from MVR 10-35 depending on the stall or the restaurant you choose.


Fish curry

Needless to say, the Maldives is a paradise for those who love fish curries. Freshwater fish are abundant here, and the best of all, spices too. All kinds of freshwater fish are available here including frigate tuna, mahi-mahi, little tunny, and yellowfin tuna. Locals enjoy a fish curry with rice and roshi (flatbread).


Mas Huni

Even if you dine at any of the restaurants in Maldives owned by a reputed hotel the likes of Saii Lagoon Maldives, you will still find this traditional breakfast dish. It is a dish of shredded smoked Tuna mixed well with chillies, onions, and coconut.


Maldivian Live Lobster

Are you a seafood fan? Then, the Maldives is a must-visit destination for you, and the dish known as Maldivian Live Lobster is a must-enjoy dish. Head to a good restaurant and let the chefs cook the lobster in front of you. Let them serve this dish hot, and that's how you get your best lobster experience.



It's a Maldivian snack. Made out of flour, they also stuff the dough with a mix of tuna, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, and coconut to enhance the taste. One is definitely not enough to quench your hunger, so you will need at least 3 of them to feel satisfied.


Saagu Bondibai

Saagu Bondibai would hold a special allure for you if you are a vegetarian. It's a pudding made up of sago seeds. Since they also add cardamom seeds and rose essence, when making this dish, the taste is heavenly and unparalleled.


Bis Keemiya

Are you someone who looks for spring rolls no matter where you go? Then, this dish is for you. Bis keemiya looks and tastes so much like spring rolls, and they can be enjoyed together with different sauces. It's a very popular snack among the locals in the Maldives.


Tharukaaree Riha

This is another great dish exclusively for vegetarians who visit the Maldives. It's a special vegetable curry, and don't worry, they don't add fish or even dried fish to it. You'll find all sorts of veggies here including pumpkin, carrots, beans, and sweet potato. Curry leaves are also added to enhance the taste. You can enjoy this curry with roshi.


Gulab Jamun

If you have visited India, Gulab Jamun must be familiar to you. It's an Indian dessert, and it's equally famous in the Maldives as well. Gulab Jamun is so much better when it's served hot. Inside some of these, you'll even be able to find dry fruits and cardamom.

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