Known for its crystal clear waters, whiter than white beaches, and resorts that make you sigh with wanderlust, the Maldives is a destination well known for its abundance of true island resort vibes.
A well-kept secret of this divine destination, is it’s incredible cuisine. Thanks to waves of settlers from around the Indian Ocean who made the islands their home over thousands of years, the food of the Maldives is a fusion of flavours, rich with spice, natural produce and bright colours.
These three traditional Maldivian dishes are easy to make at home and can help to satiate your hunger and new cultures, until you can go there yourself.
A popular traditional Maldivian breakfast dish, Mas Huni is often enjoyed with Roshi, traditional flatbread, and sweetened hot tea. This easy to make dish captures the flavours of the Maldives with the perfect balance of coconut and spices – and what better way to start your day than eating as if you were in the Maldives!
Ingredients 1 x cup freshly grated or frozen coconut 2 x small can tuna in water, drained and flaked 2 x green chillies, stemmed and minced 1 x small red onion, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with roshi*.
Roshi is a flatbread, often accompanied with traditional meals and is made with coconut – another key ingredient used in most Maldivian traditional dishes. It’s a tasty, versatile, and easy to make bread that can be served along with savoury or sweet dishes.
Ingredients 3 x cups all-purpose flour ½ x cup vegetable oil 1 x teaspoon salt 2 x cups hot (just boiled) water 1 cup grated coconut
Mix all the ingredients then add warm water gradually, kneading until you have a dry, smooth dough.
Break the finished dough into golf ball-sized pieces.
Smooth the balls using your hands.
Dust each ball with flour, and using a rolling pin spread evenly into circles that are about 6 -7 inches in diameter.
Heat a shallow frying pan, place Roshi on the pan and flip using a flat ladle until both sides are cooked to your liking.
Mas Riha is a traditional tuna curry bursting with flavour and spice and is also perfect to eat with Roshi. Just like Mas Huni, you will want to have this with a hot cup of black tea to create an authentic Maldivian experience.
Ingredients 1 x ( 350g) fillet tuna, cut into small cubes 1 x large onion, sliced 3″ x pandan leaf, cut into large pieces 1 x sprig curry leaves 1/4- 1/2 x habanero ( depending on how much heat you can handle) 3 x cloves garlic, grated 1/2 x inch ginger, grated 3 x tbsp huni havaadhu ( coconut based curry powder) 2 1/2 x cups water 150ml x coconut milk ( canned or packed) or if using fresh, choose thick coconut milk 1/4 x tsp tamarind puree or a pea-size piece of tamarind. 2-3 x tbsp corn or sunflower oil salt to taste
Add a small handful of the onion (roughly 1/4 of the sliced onion), garlic, ginger and the curry leaves into a wet grinder or blender along with a pinch of salt and about 2-3 tbsp of water and blend to a smooth fine paste.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the remaining onions, curry leaves and pandan leaf and stir fry till onions soften.
Add the blended curry paste mixture along with the scotch bonnet peppers, water and tamarind to the stir-fried onions.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and add the fish cubes.
Let the mixture simmer till the fish is cooked through and the curry flavours develop.
Taste and add salt if needed and then finally add coconut milk. Cook for another 2 minutes and serve.
Maskurolhi, also known as Maldivian style rice porridge, is a traditional dish enjoyed during the Maldives festive period of Eid al-Adha and can also be served with Roshi. Like porridge, This is a comfort food in the islands, but don’t be fooled– this is a spicy dish!
Ingredients 150 x grams dried tuna flakes 1 x dried coconut, chopped into small pieces 1 x tablespoon peppercorns 4 x dried red chillies, chopped 1 x habanero 2 x onions, chopped 15 x curry leaves 6 x garlic cloves, skinned and chopped 1-inch x ginger, skinned and chopped 1.5 x teaspoon salt or according to taste 1 x lemon, freshly squeezed
Mix all the ingredients together.
Grind all the ingredients to a rough paste using a pestle and mortar, adding the lemon juice while grinding. Serve with Roshi.
If these dishes have piqued your interest in traditional Maldives dishes, here are some traditional snacks to look out for when you visit the islands for yourself:
Kulhi Boakibaa: A must-try Maldivian food, Kulhi Boakibaa is a fish cake cooked on special occasions in Maldivian homes, but also found in many cafés. The cake is made of smoked tuna, scraped coconut, onions, and ground rice.
Gulha: called a ‘short eat’ or ‘evening snack,’ gulha are small bite-sized dumplings filled with tuna, onions, chilli and grated coconut, and taste great when served freshly baked with tea or coffee.
Bis Keemiya: Somewhat like a samosa and spring roll, Bis Keemiya is an interesting dish that makes for a good snack. It’s a pastry filled with tuna/hard-boiled egg, sliced onions and gently sautéed, shredded cabbage. The authenticity of the flavours makes it a must-try food of Maldives.
Masroshi: A twist on the well-known chapati flatbread and is stuffed with smoked tuna and coconut. To make it a little more flavoursome you can add spices and curry leaves to this dish as well.
We’ve all been there. Staring at an open pantry, on the hunt for something sweet, only to find an empty packet of chocolate biscuits someone polished off without your knowledge. It’s less than ideal, so we’ve decided to share a recipe you can whip up in 20 minutes for the next time that sweet tooth pops up.
Primary school teacher turned baking queen, Katherine Sabbath has authored three bestselling cookbooks and appeared as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia. She is known for her cutting-edge cake designs and creative flair in the kitchen, and we were lucky enough to sneak a super simple, tasty recipe for her Nutella Thumbprint Cookies.
“I’m excited to be partnering with Nutella and Kenwood to create a range of simple and tasty winter warmer recipes showcasing the delicious versatility of Australia’s favourite chocolate hazelnut spread. These recipes have been prepared using my go-to appliance, the Kenwood Chef Baker Mixer, which makes baking a breeze thanks to its quality, durability, and performance,” said Sabbath.
In celebration of this this partnership, Nutella is offering shoppers a chance to win 1 of 500 limited-edition Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker XL White Mixer with a Nutella branded PopTop valued at $999. All you have to do is purchase a specially marked jar of Nutella from May 8 to July 3, and follow the prompts on the jar for a chance to win.
Now that you’ve secured your mixer, it’s time to start baking.
Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 160oC fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper. 2. Using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for five minutes or until light and fluffy. 3. Add the vanilla and egg, beat until well combined. Add the flour and salt, beat until just combined. 4. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized mounds and place onto the trays about 2cm apart. Use your thump or end of the spoon to make a dent in the centre of each cookie. 5. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, or until just golden. Leave the cookies on the trays and while still warm, pipe or dollop Nutella into each dent and sprinkle crushed hazelnuts on top.