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List of sea food types you should try in Maldives - A delightful combination of fresh ingredients and sharp spices

Beyond the golden beaches, Maldives has a rich culture and a cuisine inspired by many different parts of the world. The seafood dishes, with their freshness and spice are a unique experience.

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Mashuni

Mashuni

Mashuni is the most common breakfast food in Maldives. It is made with coconut, smoked tuna, onions, capsicums and lemon juice. The ingredients are mixed together and eaten with roshi. Aside from local households, the dish can also be ordered at many of the luxurious resorts in Maldives such as the Cocoa Island by COMO.

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Masroshi

Masroshi

Masroshi is a variation of Mashuni. The mixture of tuna, coconuts, onions and capsicums is formed into little balls and folded into the roshi dough to make round cakes and baked until golden brown in medium heat.

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Dhon Riha

Dhon Riha

Dhon Riha is another tuna dish that uses coconut milk, raw mangoes and various spices to add flavor. The fish is cut into one inch chunks and coated with a paste made with spices as a marinade. The fish is then boiled in coconut milk along with a few pieces of raw mangoes until done.

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Theluli Mas

Theluli Mas

Theluli Mas is a type of spicy fried fish that is easy to prepare and quite common in Maldives. Often made with tuna steaks, the dish requires a curry powder known as lonumirus and tomato paste along with oil to fry the fish. In some islands, the ingredients may differ from each other. The tomato paste and lonumirus is mixed together and rubbed on the fish to marinade for about half an hour. The fish is fried in vegetable or coconut oil until lightly crispy. Theluli Mas is served with roshi, rice or vegetables.

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Fihunu Mas

Fihunu Mas

Fihunu Mas is a delicious grilled whole fish. The dish requires a whole, cleaned fish along with spices such as cumin, chilli, curry leaves and black peppercorns to marinade. While tuna is the most common choice, other types of fish are also used. Once marinated, the fish is pierced by a large skewer and cooked on a grill until done.

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Bis Keemiyaa

Bis Keemiyaa

This is another highly popular Maldivian dish made with smoked tuna. Smoked tuna fish, boiled eggs, capsicum, onions, black pepper and cabbage is made into a mixture and cooked in vegetable oil. The mixture is used as a filling for dough made with flour, oil and water. The dough is then deep fried until brown, drained and served.

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Chilli Salt Prawns

Chilli Salt Prawns

This is a delicious dish made with prawns that are coated in a seasoned flour mixture and baked in an oven until golden brown.

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Mas Riha

Mas Riha

Mas Riha is arguably one of the most popular and widely recognized examples of Maldives dining. This is essentially a fish curry made with ahi (yellowfin) tuna or skipjack. If tuna is not in use, the dish can also be made with just about any type of firm fish. The dish is made by sautéing sliced onions with ginger, garlic, cardamom, chillie slices and curry leaves. Once the onions become aromatic, the mixture is blended into a puree. The mixture is then reheated and combined with coconut milk to form a creamy gravy that is brought to a simmer. The pieces of fish are added once the gravy becomes a little darker and cooked for a few minutes until well done.