Tapioca Pearl Pudding or Sago Pudding

    This is a Maldivian style dessert, which is a bit on the sweeter side as most of our desserts tend to be. I have decreased the amount of sugar in this recipe but if you feel it’s too much, you can reduce the amount to your liking. We normally use jasmine flower water…

Spelt flour rotis (Roshi) or Flatbreads

These rotis are quick and easy to make. Enjoy with my beetroot curry or any curry you like. Ingredients 1 cup spelt flour plus extra flour for dusting 1/4 teaspoon salt  2 tablespoon olive oil 1/3 cup hot water  plus 1 teaspoon extra if needed Method In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt and…

Beetroot Curry

I love the sweetness and earthiness of the beetroot balanced with the addition of spices and coconut milk. This is a simple and healthy curry, and can be enjoyed with rice, rotis or even bread. Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 30- 40 minutes Serves 3 Ingredients 300 gram beetroot, peeled and chopped into 1…

Maldivian Ravioli or Curried Eggs (Hawaadhulee bis)

This is a favourite tea time snack for Maldivians. A spicy tuna filling goes inside these egg shaped dough balls and after that it’s boiled and lightly coated in a curry sauce. Maldivians call it curried eggs hence the shape, I call it Maldivian ravioli. Soft spicy and delicious. Prep time: 45 minutes Cook time:…

Crispy Tuna Rolls

These crispy golden tuna rolls are the perfect finger food to enjoy with a cup of tea. Maldivians love tuna and we love making short eats or snacks or finger foods using tuna. These come in various shapes and sizes, and each one has their own unique taste. While almost all of them will have…

Semolina Pudding (Suji)

Semolina pudding or suji is another favourite dessert for Maldivians during the month of Ramadan. It is usually accompanied with savoury finger foods or short eats like the traditional Maldivian fish cake or kulhi boakibaa. I prefer the dessert a bit thicker but feel free to add more water and adjust the consistency according to your…

Cassava pudding (Dhandialuvi Kandhi)

This is a popular dessert among Maldivians, especially during Ramadan. If fresh cassava is not available you can use frozen whole cassava sold in Asian Grocers. You can also substitute plantain instead of cassava. Feel free to adjust the consistency if you feel it’s too thick, by adding more water or coconut milk.  Prep time: …

Special Dhal Curry

There are so many ways to cook dhal curry. This is the way I remember my mum cooking it. However she will usually add smoked tuna or Maldive fish. This was my favourite curry growing up and my mum had a way of making anything tasty with very limited ingredients! So I dedicate this curry in…

Drumstick Leaves Curry

Drumstick leaves are not readily available in Melbourne, but when I do see it in the market I get very excited because it takes me back home to Maldives, where it was a popular backyard tree! Nowadays it’s still grown in the islands, but not so much in the capital.  The leaves and the pods…

Maldivian-style Rotis (Roshi) or Flatbreads

These rotis are the perfect way to enjoy the eggplant curry or most curries.  Ingredients 2 cups all purpose plain flour, plus extra flour for dusting 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoon oil (olive or vegetable oil) 1 cup boiling hot water Method In a large mixing bowl, mix the 2 cups of   flour, salt…

Velvety Eggplant Curry

This is a simple and easy way to enjoy eggplants. If you are in a hurry you don’t need to salt the eggplants. But I do it because salting the eggplants and rinsing the salt off absorbs less oil when you are cooking them.  For a vegetarian version leave out the tuna. To be honest…

Beetroot Samosas

These beetroot samosas are perfect as a snack or even as a starter. The warmth of the spices goes well together with the sweetness of the beetroot, while the filo pastry gives a lovely crunch. Enjoy on its own or serve with a green salad and Greek yogurt. Prep time:  15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes…