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3 Maldivian Dishes to try on your Maldives Holiday

by Travelbag on 18 October 2016, 17:10PM

We all know The Maldives as one of the world’s most luxurious holiday destinations. These tiny Indian Ocean islands are where you’ll find palatial resorts, exclusive golf courses and breathtakingly beautiful beaches. But very little is known about traditional Maldivian food.

The Maldives’ close proximity to Sri Lanka means the both nations share some similarities when it comes to their culinary delights. As most Maldivian chefs will tell you, there are three main components to Maldivian cuisine, they are: fish, rice and coconut.

On top of this, you can expect curries and fragrant vegetable dishes that can be vegan friendly. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the three main Maldivian dishes that you must try during your holiday to the Maldives.

1. Mas Riha

Mas Riha is one of The Maldives’ most famous and best-loved dishes. The coconut-based fish curry is often served with sticky rice and epitomises Maldivian food.

Delicious and surprisingly healthy, the Mas Riha is often made with fresh skipjack tuna or yellowfin tuna, both of which are prevalent in the Maldives’ clear ocean waters.

Chilli peppers, cardamon pods, garlic and fennel give the dish its distinct flavour, with turmeric, cinnamon and cumin also thrown into the mix for good measure.

Believe it or not, Mas Riha can also be enjoyed at breakfast and is often served with roshi flatbread. Fortunately, this curry is fresh, light and a real palate pleaser.

Not a big fish fan? Try the authentic Maldivian dish Kukulhu Riha for a delicious alternative that’s made with chicken.

2. Fihnu Mas

We hope you’ve eaten, because your mouth is guaranteed to water after reading this. Continuing with the theme of fresh fish is Fihnu Mas, a delectable barbecued fish dish that’s truly out of this world.

Again, the choice is yours as to what fish you use for this dish, although a light sea bass works particularly well. The dish is traditionally seasoned with a myriad of herbs and spices, as well as garlic, onions and red chillies. Fihnu Mas is often served with rice or a light and fresh salsa.

There’s no need to worry about putting weight on during your holiday to The Maldives, with so many fresh and healthy options. We guarantee you’ll come back feeling light and refreshed!

If fish takes your fancy, we recommend looking out for the age-old Maldivian classic, Garudhiya. The clear spiced broth is served with skipjack tuna or yellowfin tuna and is surprisingly filling!

3. Roshi flatbread and Baraboa Mas huni

It’s not all curries and fish dishes, the Maldives’ cuisine also boasts a stellar selection of light bites and appetisers, which can be enjoyed at breakfast or as part of a light lunch.

Baraboa Mas huni is delicious a pumpkin based dish that is cooked with onions and garnished with shredded coconut. The food is often served alongside other dishes and can be served alongside other smaller tapas-style dishes.

We recommend serving this tasty treat with warm roshi flatbread, which you’ll find all over The Maldives. Looking for something a little extra? Serve this accompaniment as you would a salad with barbecued fish or a warming vegetable curry, as part of an exquisite Maldivian feast.

You’ll find everything you need to know about holidays to The Maldives in our Travelbag guide. You’ll also find more news stories, guides and information about The Maldives on our blog.

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