If you have gotten your hands on a great Maldives package and are going to the Maldives soon, then you must be excited about the Maldivian food. The Maldives cuisine, known as Dhivehi cuisine, is a fusion of the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent. The Maldives cuisine takes inspiration from its neighbors like Sri Lanka and India. But they also make it their own.
As the Maldives is a nation consisting mainly of islands, fish and coconut are staples in their food. You’ll find that their food often consists of fish and coconut in all its forms, milk, water, and shredded. The cuisine is also rich and diverse. So, if you are going on a trip, you’ll have limited time to try the dishes. So, why not try some hand-picked dishes that are considered the best food in the Maldives.
The 10 best foods to try in the Maldives, 2022 are listed below.
- Mas Huni
- Bis Keemiya
- Boshi Mashuni
- Fried Yams
- Saagu Bondibaai
- Kulhi Boakibaa
- Aluvi Boakibaa
- Fish Curry
Let me tell you more about these foods. Once you get a good Maldives package, you should definitely give these dishes a try. The island foods will make your tummy happy as they aren’t too spicy and are mildly sweet. Let’s discuss the 10 best foods to try in the Maldives.
1. Mas Huni
Let’s start with one of the most popular Maldivian breakfast items, Mas Huni. Mas Huni is a dish made with smoked tuna. The smoked tuna is shredded and then topped with coconut, onions, and some lemon. This gives it a tangy, smoky, yet mildly sweet flavor. The dish is simple but has a fresh taste. It is served with roshi, which is a Maldivian flatbread.
If you combine the roshi with the Mas Huni, you get Masroshi. Masroshi is a kind of small round bread filled with smoked tuna along with coconut. The filling is flavored with some curry spices that make the smoked tuna slightly spicy. The coconut’s sweetness, along with the smoky and spicy flavor, makes this dish a great one. This is also a breakfast dish and will make your mornings better.
3. Bis Keemiya
Have you ever tried the samosa? The Bis Keemiya is the Maldivian version of the samosa. The Bis Keemiya is a fish-flavored fried pastry. Along with fish, there are onions and sauteed cabbage in the filling too. Another alternative filling for the Bis Keemiya is hardboiled egg onions and cabbage. The flavors of this dish are gentle yet amazing. The crispy fried pastry makes the texture amazing. This is definitely a must-try food in the Maldives.
4. Boshi Mashuni
Another great thing that grows in the Maldives is bananas. So, you best believe that you’ll find bananas in the cuisine as well. But it just might be in the most unexpected way. Boshi Mashuni is a sweet and spicy banana flower salad. In addition to the banana flower, there is coconut in the salad. The salad is flavored with curry leaves, spices, cumin, turmeric, and Maldivian chili. This sweet and spicy salad is like a Maldivian banana salsa.
5. Fried Yams
Fried yams are the Maldivian twist to the usual potato french fries. Yams are another crop that is abundantly grown in the Maldives. So, you’ll find these yam fries in the Maldives. These are served with differently flavored dips and sauces that make these crispy snacks even more amazing.
6. Saagu Bondibaai
Saagu or sago is another ingredient that people of Maldives love to eat. Saagu Bondibaai is a sweet pudding made with sago, coconut milk, and condensed milk. The pudding has a sweet aroma of cardamom and rose. It is topped with diced fruit. You can have this pudding as a dessert or even as breakfast.
Gulha are small baked Maldivian dumplings that you can have with tea or coffee in the evening. To put it mildly, they are a Maldivian evening snack. These little dumplings are filled with fish, coconut, onions, and chili. These delicious dumplings will become your tea partners in your Maldives package.
8. Kulhi Boakibaa
The Kulhi Boakibaa is a delicious Maldivian fish cake. This savory is made for special occasions, but you’ll find these cakes in cafes and restaurants. This is definitely a must-try dish. It is made with tuna, coconut, onions, and rice.
9. Aluvi Boakibaa
Aluvi Boakibaa is a sweet cake made with cassava and coconut. To add to the sweetness, you add some granulated sugar and for a sweet aroma, you can add some rose water. You will definitely love this delicious dessert.
10. Fish Curry
Last on the list is the classic fish curry. This dish is so classic, it would be a crime not to include it. The curry is spicy but is creamy and flavorful. They use different kinds of fish in the curry, from tuna to mahi-mahi. Eat this fish curry with rice and get your Maldives package worth in a bite.
So, these were the 10 best foods that you should definitely try when you visit the Maldives with your Maldives package. Do give them a try and tell me in the comments which dish you found the most delicious. I have to go now, but I will see next time with some more great content. Happy eating!