If you’re heading to the Maldives, don’t forget apart from enjoying the sun, sand, and surf you can tuck into many distinctive local dishes like those mentioned below.

Maldivian Curry
Maldivian Curry | Image by Geoff via flickr

Maldivian Curries

Curries are very popular in many South Asian nations and the Maldives is no different so ensure you sample them be it at local island restaurants or private resorts like OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI. With its combination of herbs, spices and coconut milk, these culinary creations include Kandu Kukulhu (tuna curry), Kukulhu Riha (chicken curry) and those made with veggies such as eggplant and pumpkin.

Mas Huni

Made with shredded fresh tuna, Mas Huni is a breakfast favourite at local homes and the best restaurants in Maldives. It is relatively simple to make so you can try it once back home too! Apart from tuna, ingredients like grated coconut and chopped-up chillies and onions are used to make this dish, that’s generally consumed with roshi, a type of flatbread and accompanied by a hot cup of tea.

Fried Yams

A popular local alternative to French fries, fried yams are perfect for those looking for a yummy and nutritious snack in the Maldives. Yams which are like sweet potatoes, have a slightly sweeter taste and are said to consist of more vitamins and fibre than potatoes. The fact that they are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and can be enjoyed with a variety of sauces add to their appeal too.

Aluvi Boakibaa

Another great experience of going on foodie adventures in a foreign land is the chance to sample its delectable desserts and, in the Maldives, Aluvi Boakibaa is not to be missed! This delicious cake is made with sweet cassava and coconut mixed with other ingredients like jasmine flower water and sugar. Popularly eaten during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, this sweet treat will melt in your mouth.