Pristine sandy beaches and exhilarating water sports are not the only best things about the Maldives. The paradise island also speaks to the hearts of foodies with a host of scrumptious local cuisine to gorge on. Here are some of the most popular local dishes loved by both Maldivians and foreigners alike.
One of the most popular traditional dishes in the Maldives, Rihaakuru is a fish-based thick paste made of tuna, salt and water. To prepare this scrumptious paste of infused flavours, you must mix tuna with salt and stir the mix with water in low heat for hours. Once the paste turns into a light or dark brown colour, the paste is ready to be served. This traditional dish coupled with other local side dishes such as fried fish, fried leaves, coconut milk, and masmirus is a cherry on top when eating Maldivian flatbread or rice.
Garudhiya is an absolute favourite among Maldivians. Cook tuna in stock for a few minutes and this traditional fish soup is ready to be gorged on. Usually eaten with rice or flatbread, the flavours of this delicacy are also said to enhance once reheated over several days.
Mashuni is hands down the go-to dish of locals and foreigners alike. Translated as tuna and desiccated coconut, one must simply blend Maldivian canned tuna with chilli, onion and lemon in order to cook this dish. Mashuni also comes in a variety of flavours and is commonly served with Roshi or Maldivian flatbread. This local dish can also be easily found in restaurants in Maldives and if you are spending your Maldivian getaway at a charming resort the likes of Nova Maldives, prepare to tantalise your taste buds with this local favourite and many other delectable local cuisines.
You can never go wrong with Masbaiy or what is known as a traditional yellow rice dish. Flavoured with yellow spice and unground pepper, this delicious dish is best enjoyed with a little bit of rihaakuru, raw chillies and onion.