Maldives Recipes

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Maldives Recipes

Maldivian cuisine offers a wide range of tastes ranging from mild to very hot and almost always the dishes are prepared using local ingredients. Being an archipelago of over 1100 coral islands, it is not surprising that a wide variety of fish and other sea food should form an integral part of the Maldivian cuisine.

  • 300 g Rice (soaked overnight, blended to a semi-coarse stage)
  • 200 g Smoked Tuna (sliced thinly)
  • 100 g Coconut (grated)
  • 150 g Yellow Lentil (cooked)
  • 150 g Onion (sliced thinly)
  • 3 Cherry Pepper
  • Juice of 4 Limes
  • 8 Curry Leaves (chopped)
  • 25 g Ginger (grated)
  • 20 g Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to season
  • Water (to bind)
  • Oil for deep-frying


Crush the onion, cherry pepper, curry leaves, ginger with salt, turmeric powder and lime juice. Add in the coconut and tuna. Mix thoroughly. Add in the rice and lentil. Combine the ingredients. Add sufficient water to make a pliable dough. Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each ball to oval shape. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper.

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