Maldivian cuisine, a reflection of island’s culture & norms – A nation with a unique culinary identity

Have you ever wondered how Maldivian food taste like? From warming curries to delicious seafood, Maldives offers something special for everyone. Try out the array of cuisine on offer in this part of Asia.

Maldives Meal| Img by: Maldives via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 2.5

Fish

Thanks to the surrounding turquoise waters in Maldives, there is no surprise that fish is the staple dish in this island. Ranging from lobster delicacies, crabs and the freshest catch of fish, anyone who visits the island will come across an exquisite seafood platter. Maldive fish or processed tuna is often used as pieces in many curries. You’ll find different types of fish to try out including little tunny, yellow fin, and frigate.

Mas huni

Seafood lovers, rejoice! This dish is similar to a salad with simple seasonings of shredded coconut and onions added to fresh tuna. It’s a quick and easy recipe which is also used as an appetizer. The dish gets a bit savoury because of turmeric and cumin.

Where to try out these dishes?

A good way to begin scouring the region for the very best of its cuisine will be to first check into a preferred choice of accommodation. Amongst many resorts the likes of Dhigali Maldives, features its own selection of restaurants in Maldives that offer mouth-watering local and international delicacies.

Hedhikaa

Hedhikaa is a short-eat or a snack popular among locals as well as tourists visiting the country. The best time to savour this snack is in the evening when Hedhikaa is freshly baked and warm! If you are having it for the first time, try to have it with black tea or coffee.

 

 

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The Art of Balinese Cooking – Indulge in your Culinary Passions!

A passionate foodie with a zest for whipping up some delicious food? Then maybe enrolling yourself in a cooking class, the next time you’re in Bali would be a great must-do activity!

 

The Cuisine

Using an aromatic blend of spices, fresh vegetables, meat and seafood, the Balinese cuisine steadfastly demonstrates various indigenous traditions and other influences from the Indonesian region.

 

The Spices

Spices and seasoning play a major role in the cuisine. Basa Gede or Basa Rajang happens to be the cornerstone of many Balinese dishes. The paste includes spices such as garlic, cumin, salam leaves and shrimp paste among others. Bumbu is another seasoning used while sambal matah are popular condiments.

Cooking Schools to Check out

Many cooking schools of repute have sprung up over the recent years in Bali, given the huge number of travellers and tourists, the hub draws in. Several places to check out would include ” Taste of Bali and ”Anika Cooking Class”, both of which can be easily reached from many a Bali resort hotel including the likes of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.

 

Popular Dishes

Dishes which have gained fame throughout the world include the Balinese sate or Sate Lilit made from spiced mincemeat pressed on to lemongrass sticks. The Bebek Betutu is duck stuffed with various spices, wrapped in banana leaves and left to roast in a pit of embers.

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Abu Dhabi Cuisine – 4 Must-Try Dishes When in the Emirate!

Simple, healthy and bursting with flavour thanks to a combination of aromatic spices such as cardamom, rose water and dried lemons, here are 4 must try traditional dishes when you are next in Abu Dhabi!

 

Harees

Harees is a traditional dish which makes an appearance at special occasions such as weddings. A mixture of ground wheat, chicken and salt is cooked in a clay pot which is buried in the ground upon a bed of hot coals and left to simmer for a couple of hours. After it is baked, it is served with ghee and makes for a filling meal.

 

Machboos

Machboos is a dish consisting of meat and rice. The meat is first cooked with spices after which the vegetables and rice are added and left to bake in the oven. Unique takes on this dish can be tried out at many 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi including the likes of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, serving authentic Arabian dishes.

 

Salona

A nutritional powerhouse of a bowl, salona is a basically a fragrant meat soup featuring local vegetables such as eggplants, okra and courgettes cooked in a fragrant spice broth.

 

Luqaimat

Basically, balls of dough which are fried and then drizzled generously with date syrup, Luqaimat are a delicate dessert to lighten up your palette. Oft times sesame seeds are added for texture as well.

 

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+