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Foods you must try in Maldives! 7 delicious and famous dishes

The Dhivehi cuisine (Maldivian Cuisine) is an authentic blend of flavours that is sure to leave one craving for more. If you are a foodie and love trying new varieties of food then the Maldives is perfect for you. The flavours and spices of Maldivian cuisine are heavily influenced by its neighbouring countries. Over the millennia, seafarers from Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Eastern Africa have descended upon the distant Indian Ocean archipelago – bringing in a myriad of ingredients that have since been incorporated into Maldivian cuisine. Keep reading to know more about the top 7 foods that you must try in the Maldives.

As you may already know, the islands of the Maldives are the perfect place to sunbathe, dive and enjoy the white-sandy beaches. But the sandy soil and incessant heat are not ideal for farming. Thus the food in the Maldives revolves around seafood and the crops that are grown locally(sweet potatoes, coconuts, pineapples, mangoes, and papayas). Some of the most prominent ingredients used in the Maldivian Cuisine are tuna fish, coconut, curry leaves, and lime. 

Majority of the restaurants in Maldives offer a wide variety of cuisines. However, there’s always a place for their local flavor in their menu. You can also try these dishes in the countless number of cafes and restaurants located in their capital city Male or on other inhabited islands throughout the archipelago.

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Top foods you must try in Maldives

From Fried Yams, Masroshi, Fish curry, Gulha, Mas Huni, to Reef Fish Cutlets and Aluvi Boakibaa, Maldives is a whole package with great flavors. Here’s a list of Top Maldivian delicacies that you should try on your visit

  1. Saagu bondibai (sago pudding)
  2. Garudhiya (fragrant fish soup)
  3. Bis keemiya (samosa)
  4. Gulha
  5. Mas Huni
  6. Rihaakuru
  7. Raa

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1. Saagu bondibai (Sago Pudding)

Have you tasted Sago? Wondering what it is?? Sagos are little starchy spheres similar to tapioca pearls. They are a major component of Maldivian diets, extracted from the spongy cores of tropical palm stems. Saagu bondibai is a dessert. It is warmed with coconut milk, cardamom, rose, and laced with creamy condensed milk. It is a dessert that will make you drink by bucket-load. Try it for yourself and you’ll know why sago is still so popular in Maldivian households.

Saagu Bhondibhai
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2. Garudhiya (Fragrant Fish Soup)

Garudhiya is a traditional Maldivian fish soup. It is topped with spices and citrus. The primary component of the dish is Fresh Tuna. It provides all the unique, important umami flavor to the soup. Fresh Tuna is diced into cubes and is cooked with onion garlic, chilli, curry leaves, and water and is then seasoned with crunchy fried onions and a spritz of lime. The recipe is very simple but the taste is extraordinary.  If you love eating miso or Dashi, you are sure to love this dish as well. 

fish soup
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3. Bis keemiya (Maldivian Samosa)

Bis Keemiya is a combination of a Puff, samosa and a spring roll put together. It is stuffed with gently sauteed and shredded, cabbage, hard boiled eggs and spiced onions. This Maldivian snack is light and flaky, and delightfully chewy. This definitely a must-try food in Maldives.

Maldivian samosa
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4. Gulha

Gulha are small fried dumplings made out of wheat or rice flour dough, filled with tuna fish, chopped onions, coconut as well as chillies. They are actually crunchy on the outside (since they are fried) and are soft on the inside. Some of the chefs in Maldives also add turmeric, curry leaves and lime juice to the filling mixture. Just like Bis Keemiya, Gulha is also an amazing evening snack that can be best enjoyed with tea or coffee. 

snacks in Maldives
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5. Mas Huni

Mostly eaten along with Roshi (flatbread), Mas Huni is one of the best Maldivian breakfasts. This is definitely one of the best foods you must try in Maldives. This dish is made with smoked and shredded Tuna, onions, chillies and coconut. Some Mas hunis are also prepared using the Muranga pods.

The Mas huni is also made with boiled butternut squash or pumpkin. This is a must try food when in Maldives. You are sure to indulge a fusion of flavours.

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6. Rihaakuru

Rihakuru is a thick and brown fish paste. It is one of the important staples in every Maldivian kitchen. The Riharuku is a byproduct of processing tuna and it ranges from light to dark brown. While cooking Tuna is Salt water, scraps of the fish fall off during the boiling process. After the fish is cooked and removed, the water is made to evaporate along with these scraps of fish that fell off. After some time all you are left with is a substance that is then ground into a thick brown paste. You can consume this with rice or flatbread. The Rihakuru has other versions that include onions, curry leaves, and chilies as well.

Brown soup on a table
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7. Raa

As you may already know Maldives is an Islamic nation and so alcohol is not sold or meant to be consumed outside the resort area. The locals residing here relish a variety of beverage alternatives such as Raa. It is a liquid tapped from palm trees. It is sometimes fermented and made into a Toddy or Sai. Sai is a black tea and is generally consumed in the evening. 

Raa near swimming pool
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Apart from the above dishes, you can also try other food of Maldives like Masroshi, Reef Fish Cutlets, the Maldivian Live Lobster, Fried Yams, Maldivian curries, etc. Similar to Gulha and Bis Keemiya, Masroshi is also made of flour with a mixture of fish, onions, chillies and coconut filled in it. 

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If you are a sweet tooth, you must definitely try the Aluvi Boakibaa. It is made of cassava and coconut. It is sure to melt in your mouth. Maldives does have some of the best desserts for sweet lovers. To beat the heat, you can try the Lucky & Al and Maldivian Lady. These are two famous cocktails that will leave you refreshed and a little tipsy. Make sure you try them out in the cafes and restaurants in Maldives.

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