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Famous Dishes of Maldives

12 Famous Dishes of Maldives For A Great Culinary Experience

Maldives is a heaven in the Indian Ocean and that attracts tourists from across the world for its warmest hospitality, surreal tourist attractions, and myriad adventure sports to give you the time of your life! 

But as said, you can work well, travel well, sleep well, in short, live well, if you dine well! To explore the Maldives, you must munch on some popular food of Maldives.

12 Must-try Food in Maldives That Will Leave You Drolling

This story features some drool-worthy traditional dishes that you must savor before calling it a trip! The Maldivian dishes are equally mesmerizing and will take your culinary experience a notch higher, so here you go!

1. Garudhiya


If food is fuel for life, then good food is fuel for a happy life! This finger-licking good dish Garudhiya is an irresistible fish soup. Garudhiya is savored with Roshi (Maldivian Chapati), steamed rice, chilies, lime onions, and garnished with grated coconut. The broth for this traditional Maldivian dish is made by cooking various species of tuna that lends the dish a rich flavor.

2. Mashuni


Looking for a light, nutritious, and mouth-watering breakfast option, then you must go for Mashuni. The dish has two primary ingredients tuna and coconut that are assorted with minced chilies, pepper, and onions, try it, you will love it!

3. Masroshi


Masroshi is a type of bread that can be served with tea, or in the main course. This fried and stuffed flat dough is filled with tuna, ginger garlic, curry leaves, onion, pepper, and coconut. Maroshi is a palm-sized dough that is light on the stomach and is ideally consumed in breakfast or with evening tea.

4. Gulha


A delectable version of dumplings, Gulha is a popular evening snack commonly served at every cafe and restaurant in the Maldives. Gulha has a lip-smacking filling of tuna fish glazed in local spices that adds a kick to the dish.

5. Boshi Bashuni

Boshi Bashuni

A combination of crunch and juicy bite, Boshi Bashuni is a salad-cum-salsa. Fresh coconut, banana flowers, cumin, curry leaves, spices, and Maldivian chilies are the primary ingredients of this dish that subtly adds texture to the dish without complexing the taste.

6. Rihaakuru


The star of this dish is tuna fish. Primarily a sauce, Rihaakuru is cooked for hours and is prepared in every household. The dish is also prepared in Sri Lanka and the Lakshadweep archipelago.

7. Maldivian Live Lobster

Maldivian Live Lobster

Witnessing the cooking of a live lobster and savoring it is an experience that you will never forget! Locals claim that the taste of a perfectly cooked lobster is divine and hard to resist, so don’t forget to refrain from this divine and delightful experience.

8. Bis Keemiya

Bis Keemiya

A Maldivian twist to Indian Samosa or Spring roll, Bis Keemiya is a fried snack with juicy and mouth-melting stuffing. For vegetarians, this can be a great snack to munch on. Generally, the stuffing comprises vegetables coated with spices, but if you are a non-vegetarian, then you may ask for meat or egg stuffing in your Bis Keemiya.

9. Saagu Bondibai

Saagu Bondibai

Saagu Bondibai is a Sabudana or Tapioca pudding prepared with coconut milk and condensed milk, which thickens its consistency and gives it a velvet-soft texture. Cardamom and rose essence is added at the end to make it aromatic and flavorsome.

10. Kulhi Boakibaa

Kulhi Boakibaa

Ever heard of a fish cake? The menus in the Maldives has it! This traditional cake recipe is prepared in every household on special occasions. Smoked Tuna is used in the preparation of this cake, which is topped with grated ginger and coconut.

11. Aluvi Boakibaa

Aluvi Boakibaa

A slice of heaven, Aluvi Boakibaa, is an exotic coconut dessert that is healthy and delicious at the same time. Satiate a small sweet craving with this rich in texture sweet that has a simple flavor of coconut, a tempting aroma, and a refreshing taste. 

12. Reef Fish Cutlets

Reef Fish Cutlets

When you are near a coastal settlement, you have to have an exotic fish dish! The Maldives will be a gastronomic treat for all the fish lovers who want to relish some exotic coastal cuisine and reef fish cutlets in one of them. These cutlets have a crunchy covering and a juicy core, which is served hot with mint dip and salad.

If you live to eat and travel to explore the exotic dishes of the culinary world, then the Maldives is a good stopover in this journey. The Maldivian cuisine is a platter full of multiple flavorsome dishes that will delight your taste buds and your soul. 

Don’t forget to try these top things to eat in the Maldives and keep coming back to Adotrip - a digital platform that offers exclusive coverage of travel and tourism trends. 

--- Published By  VIPIN SAINI

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