The Maldives is known for its culture, and an aspect of its culture is Maldivian cuisine. Incorporating rich flavours and spices, Maldivian cuisine offers truly mouth-watering dishes and treats.

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Core ingredients

As with any cuisine, Maldivian cuisine also contains core ingredients which form the base of most Maldivian dishes. An ingredient which forms the basis of almost all curries and dishes is coconut. Given that Maldives is an island nation it is obvious that fish is a key component of most dishes. The flesh of the fish or fish stock is common in many dishes.

Spicy dishes

Maldivian cuisine is highly influenced by Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine. Both Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines are known for their hot and spicy dishes, so naturally, Maldivian cuisine also offers spicy dishes.


Maldivian cuisine boasts of rich ingredients such as onions, chillies, lemon juice and salt served with roshi, rice and tuna. One of the most popular dishes in the Maldives is called Garudhiya which is basically fish broth with different spices and condiments. It has cubes of tuna as well as the head of the fish in it. It is a soup and eaten almost every day by locals. Hanakurimaas is another dish that is cooked commonly. Travellers seeking for accommodation could consider a stay at one of the renowned resorts such as Kurumba Maldives where you will be able to indulge in scrumptious Maldivian cuisines as well as base your excursions to various Maldives restaurants.


While dishes such as Mas Huni and Fihunu Mas are dry dishes, many of the other Maldivian dishes include spicy curries. Curries are essentially dishes inclusive of a thick broth or gravy made using coconut milk or stock. Meats, as well as vegetable dishes, are generally made with curries




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+