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The Top Dishes and Drinks to Try in the Maldives – Delightful Foods and Tipples

If you choose to holiday in the Maldives, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an array of tempting dishes and drinks; popular choices include reef fish cutlets, kulhi boakibaa, rihaakuru and a cocktail called the Maldivian Lady!


Reef fish cutlets

When it comes to delicious Maldivian snacks, a special place goes to reef fish cutlets. The native Maldivians love these delectable snacks which are also certain to delight the taste buds of the visitor. Reef fish cutlets are made using freshly obtained ingredients such as tuna, egg, onions, chillies, black pepper, boiled potato and salt. To make this dish, all of the ingredients are mixed and fashioned into little balls, which are then given a coating of breadcrumbs; these balls are then fried in oil.


Kulhi boakibaa

Another not-to-be-missed local dish would be kulhi boakibaa which happens to be a fish cake composed of smoked tuna, ground rice, chopped onions, garlic, ginger, scraped coconut and chillies. This dish is considered to be an out of the ordinary food that is prepared in Maldivian households on important occasions and festive celebrations. The locals eat kulhi boakibaa along with hot tea which will be an unbeatable combination. Whilst being a wonderful snack, this dish also happens to be very filling as it contains rice.



A simple yet irresistible Maldivian speciality would be rihaakuru which may be described as a heavy sauce which is made by heating fish for an extended period over a low flame. This dish is a Maldivian staple, consumed in virtually every household; it is usually eaten along with roshi, a Maldivian flatbread. If you happen to be a person who relishes spices, you should undoubtedly take the opportunity to savour rihaakuru during your stay holiday.


Aluvi boakibaa

When it comes to Maldivian sweets, a must-try speciality would be aluvi boakibaa. This sweet coconut and cassava cake is delightfully soft and will quite literally melt in the mouth. Aluvi boakibaa happens to be a favourite dessert in the Maldives and is commonly found in local cafes and restaurants. It is particularly popular during the period of Ramadan. A choice of accommodation to consider from where you could enjoy local specialities would be Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort that also offers pleasingly located Maldives beach villa options.


Maldivian Lady

When it comes to tipples, a favourite to be enjoyed here would be a Maldivian Lady. This cocktail will be a treat for the senses, full of fresh tropical aromas and a delightful fruity flavour. It is made with white rum, grenadine, apricot brandy, pineapple juice and orange juice. There can hardly be a finer experience than sipping this delightful drink beneath the starlit night sky in the Maldives with the cool Indian Ocean breezes gently wafting around you.


Biyadhoo Special

Another great drink to enjoy in the Maldives would be a Biyadhoo Special, which happens to be named after an island in the Maldivian archipelago. This drink is a delightful blend of alcohol with fresh juice. A Biyadhoo Special consists of two parts of melon liqueur, one part of pineapple juice and one part of vodka, to be served in a stemmed traditional cocktail glass with a slice of fresh pineapple.