To fully experience a visit to the Maldives, it’s essential that you sample some of the delectable local dishes as well. Here are some top choices when it comes to foodie favourites.

Satdeep Gill, Maldivian dish – Kandu Kulkulhu 03, CC BY-SA 4.0


Immensely popular amongst locals, this delicious fish soup / broth is generally served with rice. In the Maldives, restaurants (even those at luxury island resorts) often offer this dish which has a distinct taste thanks to ingredients like chopped chilli, fresh tuna, onion and lime.

Tuna Curry

As you may expect from a country surrounded by the bounties of the ocean, the Maldives has an abundance of tuna which is used for making spicy curries. There are in fact, different varieties of tuna and at resorts the likes of Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort you can even get hands-on lessons to make a tuna curry!

Mas Huni

No breakfast in the Maldives is complete without enjoying some mas huni; this is a kind of spicy tuna salad that apart from fresh tuna features shredded coconut, onion and chilli offering the ideal combination that goes perfectly with chapati bread.

╚ DD╔ from Male, Maldives, Mashuni (382668832), CC BY-SA 2.0

Handulu Bondibai

Those with a sweet tooth can look to savour some handulu bondibai which is a kind of sweetened sticky rice. Maldivians generally make this dish for special occasions and its signature flavour is due to ingredients like coconut milk, cinnamon, cardamom and rosewater.


Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+