The Maldivian cuisine has been heavily influenced by Arabic, Indian, Malaysian and Sri Lankan cuisines over the years, resulting in flavourful, earthy dishes with lots of spices. Here are some of the most delicious dishes here for you to try on your vacation.

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This dish is a beautiful combination of scotch bonnets, tuna, peas, garlic and other spices encased in a deep-fried dough. Onions and other spices are poached in oil until aromatic and golden brown and mixed in with tuna and other ingredients. This mix is cooled and inserted into the rolled-out dough circles, sealed and deep fried to perfection.

Huni Roshi

This flatbread is made using primarily grated coconut and flour. The end product is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and can be served with any curry or condiment both sweet and savoury. You can find many variations of Huni Roshi in all the best restaurants in Maldives as it is one of the island’s favourite dishes.

Dhon Riha

This is a traditional tuna curry flavoured with onions, coconut milk, and myriad other aromatic spices. Dhon Riha is a warm dish that speaks straight to your heart with its mild and comforting flavours. It is served with a side of steamed, fluffy white rice in many hotels and restaurants such as the OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI all over the island.


Masroshi looks like a hand pie or a round Cornish pasty but is filled with smoked tuna and minced hot peppers. This snack is served with sweet black tea in every teahouse and café in the country. The dough is a simple one made using flour, water, salt and a little oil. The filling has many flavours layers, making it a delicious and filling snack.