Over the years traditional Maldivian recipes have adopted influences from Europe and Asia to create a richly flavoured, warmly spiced culinary tradition.
Here are some of the key ingredients used in Maldivian cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes to inspire you.
Tuna is a core ingredient of Maldivian cuisine prepared in a variety of ways including dried, fresh or even ground into a paste known as Rihaakuru and used as an ingredient in other dishes.
Recipe with tuna: Maldives tuna curry
With its Asian influence curry is a one of the most common dishes in the Maldives, often featuring diced tuna and known locally as Mas Riha.
Recipe with curry powder: Halaveli’s shrimp Laksa
Giving Maldivian cuisine its heat are chillies used in many traditional dishes including the local grilled fish staple.
Recipe with chilli: Grilled squid and Moofushi chilli tomato preserve
The coconut is widely used in the Maldives in a variety of forms including grated, squeezed (for coconut milk) and pressed (for oil).
Recipe with coconut: Coconut cake
Thanks to the humid soil of the Maldives a wide range of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as avocados, grow easily here and have become key ingredients of the nation’s cuisine.
Recipe with avocado: Constance Fish Ceviche Acapulco style
Maldivian flavours at Constance
This blend of European and Maldivian cuisine is at the heart of the menus at Constance Moofushi’s Manta and Alizée restaurants while a rich fusion of flavours is served up against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean at Constance Halaveli’s romantic Jing restaurant. And if it’s a barefoot vibe you’re after, the fresh seafood cooked on the beach is the theme at Meeru’s beach grill.
- Find out more about the cuisine of the Maldives on the travel site Wandtheworld.