Some Must-Try Maldivian Food

Bis Keemiya - must try maldivian food
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You will be in for an amazing culinary experience when you visit the Maldives. The cuisine of the Maldives is a rich combination of traditional flavors, strongly influenced by neighboring countries. Traditional Maldivian cuisine is based on ingredients such as coconut, fish, grains and vegetables. Although influenced by Indian and Srilankan cuisine, Maldives food has its own uniqueness. Mentioned below are the some must-try food if you are bold enough for a different kind of a foodie adventure.

Bis Keemiyaa

A pastry filled with tuna and hardboiled egg, Bis Keemiya is similar to samosas and spring rolls and is a well-loved snack. The taste is enhanced by sliced onions and shredded cabbage. The wonderful flavors of the snack make it a must-try food of Maldives.


gulha maldives food
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Gulha is a ‘short-eat’ or a ‘snack,’ which tastes great when served freshly-baked. It’s an ideal snack for evening tea-time. Gulhas are small bite-sized dumplings filled with tuna fish, onions, chili and grated coconuts.


It is a fish broth prepared using chilies, onion and lemon juice. Garudiya is usually eaten with steamed rice, but it can also be eaten with Roshi, the Maldivian chapati. When eaten with boiled breadfruit, grated coconut is added.

Kulhi Boakibaa

Kulhi Boakibaa is a fish cake and a very tasty Maldivian food. It is cooked on special occasions in Maldivian homes but can be found in many cafés too. The cake is made of smoked tuna, scraped coconut, onions and ground rice.

Mas Huni

Mas Huni – made of shredded smoked tuna, served with grated coconuts, lemon and onions – is also a must try. The dish is undoubtedly the most popular Maldivian breakfast, eaten with the Maldavian chapatti Roshi.


Masroshi is a chapati, stuffed with smoked tuna and coconut. The added flavour of curry leaves and spices make it very yummy.

Aluvi Boakibaa

Aluvi Boakibaa is a sweet cassava and coconut cake that melts in your mouth and makes you feel like you are floating in the air on your way to heaven. It is immensely liked by locals and tourists alike making it a “must try” food in the Maldives.

Banbukeylu Harissa

This is tasty Maldivian breadfruit curry, made of steamed breadfruit, chili, onion, and coconut.

When you visit the Maldives, make sure you try out all these different Maldivian food! When you check-in at the Maldives resort that you have booked for your stay, ask whether you would be able to try these food. Chances that the team would make it for you are very high!