When one thinks of the Maldives, images of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and sumptuous seafood often come to mind. However, beyond its stunning natural beauty and abundant marine bounty, the Maldives offers a rich culinary tapestry that reflects its diverse cultural heritage and vibrant island life. From traditional Maldivian dishes to international cuisine with a local twist, embark on a culinary journey and savour the flavours of paradise. Here’s a taste of what the Maldives has to offer beyond seafood:

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1. Mas Huni:
Start your day with a hearty breakfast of mas huni, a traditional Maldivian dish made from shredded tuna, grated coconut, onions, and chilli, typically served with roshi (flatbread) and sweetened tea. This flavorful and nutritious dish is a staple of Maldivian cuisine and provides a taste of authentic island life.

2. Rihaakuru:
For a taste of Maldivian comfort food, try rihaakuru, a thick and savoury fish paste made from boiled tuna, spices, and coconut. Often used as a condiment or flavouring agent in various dishes, rihaakuru adds depth and richness to soups, stews, and curries, making it a versatile and essential ingredient in Maldivian cooking.

3. Garudhiya:
Indulge in garudhiya, a fragrant and aromatic fish soup that is a beloved dish in the Maldives. Made from fresh tuna simmered with onions, curry leaves, and spices, garudhiya is typically served with steamed rice, lime wedges, and chilli paste for a burst of flavour. This comforting and nourishing soup is a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

4. Fihunu Mas:
For a taste of Maldivian barbecue, try fihunu mas, grilled fish marinated in a blend of spices and served with rice, salad, and chilli sauce. Whether cooked over an open flame on the beach or prepared in a traditional oven, fihunu mas showcase the natural flavours of the Maldives’ fresh seafood in a simple yet delicious manner.

5. Dhon Riha:
Indulge in dhon riha, a fragrant and aromatic coconut curry made with tender pieces of fish, vegetables, and spices. This creamy and flavorful curry is a popular dish in the Maldives and is often accompanied by rice, roshi, or other traditional side dishes. With its rich and comforting flavours, dhon riha is sure to satisfy your taste buds. You can find this in any of the best Maldives Resorts for families such as the famous Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi.