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5 Delicious Vegetarian Food Options to Try in the Maldives - Treat Your Taste Buds Just Right!

When you think of the Maldives, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters probably come to mind. But what about the food? Maldivian cuisine is a delightful blend of flavours, and while it often features seafood, vegetarians need not worry. Here are five delicious food items that will satisfy your taste buds without a hint of fish in sight.


Mashuni (Vegetarian Version)

Maldivians kick-start their day with a refreshing breakfast dish known as Mashuni. Traditionally made with tuna, the vegetarian version replaces fish with grated coconut, lime, fried leaves, and diced onion. To give it that extra kick, Maldivian green chillies are added to the mix. This zesty salad is often served with roshi, and vegetarians will appreciate its bold flavours and the energy it provides to start the day right.


Rava Pirini

Rava Pirini, also known as Semolina Pirini, is a super simple dessert loved by both locals and tourists in the Maldives. This is a spin-off of the traditional rice-based Pirini but much easier to make! This dish is a delicious combination of semolina, condensed milk, full-cream milk, pandan leaves, rose water, cardamom powder, sugar and water. Pirini is a wholesome dish that provides a taste of local culture while catering to vegetarian preferences.


Saagu Bondibai

A traditional Maldivian pudding made using sago seeds, condensed milk and creamy, coconut milk, Saagu Bondibai is much-loved across the archipelago. Similar to mango or rice pudding, it is a dessert that can be enjoyed without worrying about your calorie intake. It is a sweet treat with which you can treat your taste buds at Maldives restaurants across the archipelago. Saagu Bondibai is not only delicious but also a comforting and satisfying dessert. The creamy texture and subtle sweetness make it a perfect way to end a traditional Maldivian meal.


Bis Keemiya

Bis Keemiya is a popular Maldivian snack, perfect for vegetarians to enjoy while exploring the local flavours. These pastry pockets are filled with a mixture of spiced and seasoned potatoes, onions, and sometimes, a hint of chilli for a little kick. They are deep-fried to a golden crisp, making them a delightful on-the-go snack or appetiser. Make sure to try these snacks out while spending your dream holiday at a property such as Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi.


Mugu Riha

Also known as lentil soup, Mugu Riha is a favourite side dish of the Maldivians. The main two ingredients of this dish are lentils and coconut milk. A host of ingredients, including carrots, onion, garlic, tomato and curry leaves are added while preparing this soupy dish along with an array of spices like cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric. Mugu Riha can be enjoyed hot with rice or flatbread. It is a must-try for vegetarians visiting the Maldives.


Boshi Mashuni

Boshi Mashuni is a delightfully crunchy salad that's also savoury and healthy. It's a unique dish that combines the crispiness of shredded banana flowers with the deliciousness of fresh coconut. For a tangy twist, spices and lime juice are added, but the real kicker is the Maldivian chillies, which infuse the salad with that much-needed flavour. It's a delicious and nutritious salad, perfect for any meal or even as a party starter, traditionally served on leaves, not plates.

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