If you are heading to the Maldives then it is important to try their local food which has so much to offer. Some dishes are renditions of Indian food as well but with a twist while some are totally something different especially when it comes to seafood. If you are a foodie and like to update your Instagram with interesting dish pics then these dishes might be of interest. This list is a mix of veg and non-veg food so there is something for everyone. 

Fish Curry

Going to the Maldives and not having fish is like going to Rajasthan and not trying laal maas! This fav and truly hot destination these days are well known for its abundance of freshwater. Fish curry is the staple food here and there many varieties available including yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna and mahi-mahi. The fish curry here is prepared with starch, coconut and fish and generally paired with rice. Many love it with poppadoms on the side which is what we call papad.

Fried Yams

fried yams

Yam is very popular here. It makes for a good snack and the locals here have its fried versions. This is a very famous snack which is made using sweet potatoes and enjoyed with drinks and so many different sauces. However, it is a little sweeter and starchier. They are like a variation of french fried but are high in fibre and vitamins compared to our favourite potatoes. 



This is a typical local dish that is made using rice flour dough and stuffed with coconut, chopped onions, chillies and tuna fish. They are made into small dumplings and cooked to make crunchy on the outside with a soft inside. Some other variations you may get to see and taste could be the one with some turmeric, chopped curry leaves and lime juice. It tastes great when paired with tea and coffee.

Mas Huni

mas huni

A breakfast dish, mas huni is a great option for non-vegetarians. It is a combination of smoked tuna, coconut, chillies and onions. It is meant to be had with roshi which is a flatbread. This dish contains muranga pods which are boiled and then their flesh with seeds is removed. In some variations, it is also made with pumpkin. It is a rare delicacy.


This is mostly a snack which is prepared with flour and stuffed with tuna, curry leaves, garlic, ginger, coconut, onions etc. Small dumplings are made and put together with warm water, salt and oil. They are then flattened and stuffed and cooked until brown on both sides. 

Saagu Bondibai


This vegetarian dish is a pudding which is made using sagu seeds. These seeds are warmed in coconut milk and laced with condensed milk, some rose and cardamoms

Reef Fish Cutlets

When you think of Maldives, fish ous must have and the fish cutlets here are delicious as they are made using many fresh ingredients and spices. It has tuna, eggs, salt, chillies, onion, salt, black pepper and boiled potato. A mixture of all these are made into small balls which are covered with breadcrumbs and then fried.  Many enjoy it with different chutneys like coconut, papaya, cucumber and even mint chutney.

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Kulhi Boakibaa

Kulhi Boakibaa

If fish is your meat then these fish cakes made with chopped onions, smoked tuna, ginger, garlic, ground rice, chillies and scraped coconut. This dish is generally made amid celebrations and special occasions. You can enjoy it with hot tea and is healthier as it is a baked dish.

When you head to the Maldives, do what the locals do to soak in the culture. Enjoy these dishes and have a great trip. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on different cuisines.