18 Most Popular Foods to Eat in Maldives

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The Maldives is a popular holiday destination for people, this is a tropical island situated amid the Indian Ocean. The white sandy beaches, the azure sea, the colorful corals, and the local dishes are a traveler’s delight. Now let us find out what tasty dishes should be savored if a person visits the Maldivian islands.

18 Most Popular Foods to Eat in Maldives

1. Bis keemiya (samosa)

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This is a dish made of a light, flaky and chewy pastry crust on the outside and the inner stuffing of sauteed and shredded cabbage, hard-boiled eggs and spiced onions. It is a blend of our samosa and spring roll and is a popular snack there. One can eat it in the street cafes of Male.

2. Boshi mashuni (banana flower salad)

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It is a blend of shredded and blanched banana flowers, fresh coconut and spices. It is flavoured with turmeric, cumin and curry leaves. Spices like the Maldivian hot chillies and lime gives the dish a tangy twist. Iberry cafe and crystal sands are good places to eat this.

3. Garudhiya (fragrant fish soup)

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Cubes of fresh tuna fish are cooked with water, curry leaves, chillies, garlic, onion and seasoned with crunchy fried onions and a lime spritz. One can have it at Iberry cafe and Jazz cafe, Male.

4. Huni roshi (chapati bread)


A kind of flatbread that is flecked with coconut, It is fried till crisp outside and chewy inside. The coconut lends flavour and texture to the bread. It simply tastes yum.

5. Saagu bondibai (sago pudding)


Sago is a popular food in the Maldives and so this sago pudding is a popular dish and should be tried. It is warmed with coconut milk, rose and cardamom and then laced with creamy condensed milk. It can be had at Sea Fire Salt and Niyama.

6. Fried yams

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Fried yams is another popular dish in the Maldives. Yams are fried till crunchy on the outside and moist inside. It is served with sauce. It can be eaten in the West harbour area of Male.

7. Masroshi

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It is a chapati stuffed with smoked tuna and coconut. It is flavoured with curry leaves and spices. One can eat it at Cafe Rio, Male & Hulhulmale.

8. Mas huni

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A dish made of shredded, smoked tuna is served with grated coconut, lemon, and onions. This is eaten with chapati or Roshi. It can be eaten at The Sea House Maldives.

9. Maldivian vegetable curry


It is also called Tharukaaree Riha. The curry is full of vegetables like sweet potatoes, beans, carrots, and pumpkins. The dish is flavoured with pandan leaf and curry leaves. One can eat it at Amore.

10. Rihaakuru


This is a traditional dish made of a thick paste by boiling fish for a long time and then spices are added to enhance the flavour. This can be eaten at Iberry Cafe and Jazz Cafe in Male.

11. Fish curry


It is a fish curry that is creamy and spicy. Varieties of tuna fish are used to make the dish. It is served with rice, Roshi and papadhu. One can eat it at Sunset Point.

12. Aluvi Boakibaa

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It is a sweet cassava and coconut cake that simply melts in a person’s mouth. One can get it at City Bakery.

13. Kulhi Boakibaa


It is a kind of fish cake which is cooked on special occasions. It is made from smoked tuna, scraped coconut, onions and ground rice. One can eat it at SeaLa Vie Cafe.

14. Gulha


This is an evening snack. These are small dumplings made of tuna fish, grated coconut, chillies, and onions. One can eat it at Faruma Restaurant.

15. Reef fish cutlets


They are Tandoor masala spiced reef fish cutlets served with coconut and mint chutney. One can eat it at COMO Cocoa Island.

16. Sai (tea)

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They serve either kalhu sai (black tea) or kiru sai(milk tea) with sweet or salty snacks. One can have it at The Royal Garden Cafe, Male.

17. Maldivian lady


This Maldivian drink is made of white rum skinned, apricot brandy, orange and pineapple juice, and grenadine. One can have a drink at Kakuni bar.

18. Biyadhoo special


This one is named after the Biyadhoo islands. It is a combination of alcohol and fresh juice. It is one part vodka, one part pineapple juice, and two parts melon liqueur with a pineapple slice. It can be had at SIP Sunset Bar.

So holiday in the Maldives with good food and refreshing drinks.

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