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…

Special Tuna Curry (Kandu Kukulhu)

This is the most  special fish curry for Maldivians. The literal meaning of Kandu Kukulhu is Sea Chicken or Chicken of the Sea. Chicken curry being a favourite curry for Maldivians, hence the name “Kandu Kukulhu” has been given to show how special this tuna curry is!  Usually this curry is cooked for special occasions…

Breadfruit Curry (Banbukeyo Bongara)

Breadfruit curry or banbukeyo bongara is a  very popular dish among Maldivians. Originally it is a very hot curry with the use of dried red chillies being the main star of this dish. I have adjusted this curry by reducing the amount of chillies to make it on a low-medium heat level. Feel free to adjust the…

Traditional Maldivian Egg Curry

Maldivians love curries. This egg curry is mildly spiced and the use of desiccated coconut makes the curry thicker. However, if you find making the curry paste is hard, you can use a good  store bought roasted curry powder. I have cooked this curry a few times to fine tune the recipe. In Maldives, we have…

Aromatic Lamb Curry

My family and friends love this curry and particularly one friend who just adores this curry. Even though it takes a fair amount of time to cook, it is a simple dish to prepare. You can leave it on low heat and keep an eye on it from time to time while you continue with…

Dry-spiced Chicken Livers and Giblets

This is a way to enjoy chicken livers for any body who doesn’t quite like the taste of it. An easy  simple recipe but the taste is delicious! Prep time:  20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Serves 2 Ingredients  300 grams mix of chicken livers and giblets  5 cloves garlic crushed 1 teaspoon ginger grated 1/2…