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20 Tempting Dishes and Drinks to Try in Maldives

A taste of Maldives!

Curious about the food in the Maldives? Look no further than this list! From rice to curry, seafood and desserts, here are some of the best treats in the Maldives to which you can look forward!



Garudhiya is regarded as the national dish of the Maldives. It is a flavourful fish soup made from yellowfin or skipjack tuna. Light and refreshing, this clear fish soup is spiced with salt and lime and eaten with rice or flatbread (roshi). 


Mas Huni

Typically eaten for breakfast, mas huni is a simple preparation of tuna, onion, grated coconut and green chilis. All the ingredients get well mixed and eaten with flatbread and milk tea. 



Biskeemiya is a popular fast food snack in places like Male and Huhulmale. It is made from pastry and is stuffed with flaked tuna, boiled eggs, sautéed cabbage and onions. 


Saagu Bondibai

Sago pearls are derived from the core of the palm tree, after which they are cooked in fresh coconut milk and served with sweetened condensed milk. Spices like cardamom and cinnamon add a depth of flavour to the dish. 


Kulhi Boakibaa

Shredded tuna gets blended with ground rice, scraped coconut, garlic onions, ginger and lemon juice for this dish to be created. It gets cooked in the oven or stove top and resembles a fish cake. 


Aluvi Boakibaa

Also called cassava cake, this dessert is prepared with boiled cassava, fresh coconut, sugar and rose essence. It's creamy and popular during Ramadan.


Maldivian vegetable curry

Known as Tharukaaree Riha, this tasty curry is made from pumpkin, green beans, sweet potato, carrots, coconut milk, curry leaves, pandan leaves and plenty of spices! 



Gulha is prepared from rice and wheat flour dough and gets stuffed with tuna, coconut, onions and chillies. These balls of dough get deep-fried and eaten hot, while still crunchy. 


Boshi Mashuni 

Made with banana blossom, boshi mashuni is a healthy and tasty salad. The dish combines banana blossom, fresh coconut, chillies, lime, curry leaves, cumin and turmeric.


Fried yams

Fried yams in the Maldives is a tasty and popular treat in the Maldives, and a much healthier chip than your conventional potato fries. Cassava is known to have anti-carcinogenic properties, fibre, minerals and vitamins.


Fish curry 

A fish curry in the Maldives is usually made from skipjack tuna, or yellowfin tuna, coconut milk and spices. This creamy and spicy curry is best eaten with rice, roshi and papadoms. When fine dining in Maldives restaurants offered by the likes of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, you can look forward to trying out this dish.



Masroshi Is a type of stuffed chapati. The dough is filled with smoked tuna, coconut, spices and curry leaves. 


Banbukeylu Harisa

Also called breadfruit curry, this dish combines creamy breadfruit, tuna, spices and coconut milk. It can be eaten on its own, or with flatbread and rice.



Rihaakuru is a traditional Maldivian fish paste. This dark brown paste is eaten with either rice, roti, taro, or bread. 


Dhonkeyo Kajuru 

This is a famous dessert in the Maldives, made from coconut, bananas, sugar, vanilla and flour. These sticky balls of dough are deep-fried for a crunchy and tasty sweet treat. 


Gulab Jamun

This famous Indian sweet meat is popular in the Maldives too! These are made from powdered milk, flour and lime juice, and fried in hot oil. It is then dipped into rose-flavoured sugar syrup to absorb all the sticky sweet flavour.



Tea is one of the most favoured beverages of the Maldivians. You can enjoy plenty of black or milk tea while in the Maldives. Tea time is usually accompanied by a snack like biskeemiya or gulha.



This is a creamy dhal curry eaten with rice. Lentils get cooked in coconut milk and minimum spice. It is hearty, light and a tasty side dish.


Cream jehi banas 

These are soft buns drizzled with a cream, made from powdered sugar, condensed milk and colouring for an added touch. 


Reef fish cutlets

A popular snack made from canned tuna, potatoes and spices. The mixture is made into balls, coated in an egg wash, covered in bread crumbs and deep fried.