From traditional creations to spicy dishes with unique tastes, the Maldives offers truly evocative culinary experiences. Here are some of the key elements that make up its cuisine.
Fish is a key ingredient and tuna is the most popular though you get different varieties; these include yellowfin, frigate and skipjack tuna, while other fish like mahi-mahi and wahoo are also used. Depending on the type, fish is grilled, dried, deep-fried or boiled and can be enjoyed at a Maldives resort or local island restaurant.
Amongst the world-class dishes, you can enjoy here are the curries which have a heavenly blend of spices. You get curries made from various vegetables and a chicken curry called “kukulhu riha”; also well-known is a tuna curry named “mas riha” and at properties like Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, you can even learn to make it!
Coconut is an essential ingredient when it comes to making dishes in Maldives. The humble coconut which is also part of the nation’s national tree is used in various forms; this includes coconut milk for curries and certain drinks, grated coconut for dishes like “mas huni” and even coconut oil for deep-frying!
A staple of the cuisine in Maldives, starches are ever-present when eating a meal. Rice is very popular and is boiled or sometimes ground to make flour for dishes. An unleavened flatbread called “roshi” is also widely eaten as are sweet potato, cassava, breadfruit and taro which are amongst the starches consumed.