What is the Food Like in the Maldives?
With close to 2000 miniature islands, the Maldives is famous for its powder-white sands, crystal clear waters and a stunning tropical climate. Renowned for its romantic atmosphere, it’s a popular choice for honeymooners and offers a true get-away-from-it-all experience. However, another thing it’s famous for is its delicious, mouth-watering cuisine.
Combining Sri Lankan, Arabic and Indian flavours, Maldives cuisine is considered some of the best in the world. From zesty style soups to fresh-off-the-boat seafood, there’s something to suit all tastes. To help you get the most out of Maldives cuisine, here we’ll reveal some of the must-try dishes you can indulge in while you’re there.
The crystal-clear waters of the Maldives are home to a diverse range of sea life. Therefore, it’s no surprise that fish is one of the main dishes you’ll find on its many islands. Tuna is the delicacy here, often served boiled or smoked and flavoured with a variety of spices and herbs. There are actually four different varieties of tuna on the island, giving you a lot of different types of dishes to potentially try out.
If you’re struggling to choose the best tuna dish, it’s worth opting for a tuna-based soup. Mixed with curry leaves, fresh chillies and onion, this comforting dish can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Don’t miss the impressive fish market located in Malé too. Here, you’ll see fishermen bringing in the day’s catch including octopus, grouper and tuna.
The Maldives is famous for its selection of Hedhikaa, or snacks. Try out the delicious bajiya, a pastry dish filled with onion, fish and coconuts. Or, enjoy a deep fried fish cake known locally as the kulhi boakiba. If you’re a lover of fried foods, the theluli mas, a fried fish marinated in chillies and lime juice, isn’t to be missed.
Mas Huni is a common breakfast dish featuring, you guessed it, fish! Locals frequently enjoy fish for breakfast due to its high-nutrient content. Mas Huni is a mixture of coconut, tuna, chilli and onion, all mashed together and served with a roshi flatbread. You’ll definitely be satisfied after enjoying this energy-fuelled breakfast!
As well as fish, coconut also plays heavily in local Maldives cuisine. It’s used in the majority of dishes and also makes an excellent cooking oil. You’ll find it grated over soups and its water is also a popular thirst quencher. It’s refreshing and delicious and it doesn’t come much fresher than it does in the Maldives.
One experience you won’t want to miss on your Maldives getaway, is the Hurawalhi underwater restaurant. It’s the biggest underwater restaurant to feature all-glass and it’s situated five metres below the sea. So, not only do you get to enjoy some of the tastiest cuisine, but you also get to enjoy it watching tropical marine life and stunning bright corals in their natural habitat. Just some of the dishes here include an Angus and red mullet steak, tempting Pina coladas and mouth-watering berry tarts. It’s worth noting that you will need a reservation if you want to experience this one-of-a-kind restaurant.
The above are just some of the delicious local delicacies you can expect to enjoy on a trip to the Maldives. Spice-lovers will especially enjoy the flavoursome dishes on offer. So, are you ready to sample all that the Maldives has to offer? Book your Maldives getaway today.