Traditional Maldivian Cuisines

Best Traditional Maldives Cuisines

The Maldivian cuisines are heavily influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, and Arabic cultures. Owing to the country’s location in the Indian Ocean, seafood is a staple in the local cuisine. The Maldives also has a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally.

Best Traditional Maldives Food Cuisines

Top 5 Local Dishes of Maldives:

  1. Mas Huni: A typical Maldivian breakfast made from shredded smoked tuna mixed with coconut and onion.
  2. Rihaakuru: it is a thick fish paste that is used as a condiment or in cooking.
  3. Garudhiya or Garudiya: A basic and traditional clear fish soup/broth often served with rice and lime.
  4. Bis Keemiya: A local pastry filled with fish, onion, and spices.
  5. Fihunu Mas: A grilled fish dish with spices, rice, and chili sauce.
Local Dishes of the Maldives

Top 3 Popular Drinks in Maldives:

The Maldives is a Muslim country, and alcohol is not widely available. Instead, locals and tourists enjoy a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

  1. Kavaabu: is a popular local drink made from grated coconut, sugar, and rose water. 
  2. Dhon Riha: is a sweet and creamy drink made from coconut milk and jaggery, unrefined cane sugar. 
  3. Sai: is a refreshing drink made from lime and sweetened with sugar or honey.
Popular Drinks in the Maldives

Top 3 Street Food items in Maldives:

The Maldives has various popular street food options among locals and tourists.

Street Food items in the Maldives
  1. Boshi Mashuni: A popular street food dish made from mashed banana, coconut, and honey.
  2. Hedhikaa: A snack served with tea, including items like “bajiya,” a pastry filled with fish or vegetables.
  3. Masroshi: It is a pastry filled with fish and grated coconut.

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