The food culture in Maldives s nothing short of amazing! the food in this island paradise is decadent, vibrant and full of exotic flavorful. Read on to know about some of the important ingredients and staple food items of Maldivian Cuisine.


Almost all the islands of the Maldives are fringed with coconut trees hence it is being used in the Maldivian cuisine as a staple ingredient. Most of the Maldivian food items feature the use of coconut in some way. Maldivian curries, sambols and even desserts are made using coconuts.


Surrounded by an Ocean that teems with marine life the Maldives has an abundant supply of seafood. The seafood in the Maldives is fresh and they are predominantly used in the cuisine. You can savour freshly caught seafood during your stay at a resort the likes of Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas or at any restaurant in the Maldives.


Starches are a staple in the Maldivian Cuisine, and the typical Maldivian meal is incomplete without anything starchy. Tubers such as sweet potato, cassava, and fruits such as breadfruit, screwpine and rice are some of the starchy food items that are eaten along with curries or other condiments.

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Satdeep GillMaldivian dish – Kandu Kulkulhu 12CC BY-SA 4.0


The Maldivian cuisine is very much influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan food culture since those are two of the countries that are located at close proximity to the Maldives. A wide assortment of spices and tropical ingredients are added to the curries to accentuate the flavours. Among the curries, the Maldives fish curry is a dish that must not be missed.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+