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…

Baked Chicken Spare Ribs

These chicken ribs are easy to make. Bake in the oven with the spices until crispy. Enjoy on its own or serve it with fried rice. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients  500g chicken spare ribs 1/4 onion roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic 1x2cm piece of ginger 1 green chilli 1 sprig of…

Fried Rice with Fried Fish

This is a quick and easy fried rice using green beans and carrot. The green beans and the brown rice goes well together. It is healthy and fulfilling as well. You can serve the rice on its own or with fried fish.  Fried Rice Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves 3 Ingredients   3 tablespoon coconut oil…

Green Coconut Milk Cake (Fehi Boakibaa)

This is one of my old time favourite Maldivian desserts that I love making. I often make it for birthdays and afternoon tea times. It can be served with Kulhi Boakibaa (Maldives fish cake) or other savoury snacks. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 60 minutes Serves 8-10 Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground…

Maldivian Caramel Pudding

This is caramel pudding, Maldivian style. It’s quick and simple but tastes and looks great!  Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves 5 Ingredients  5 large eggs   1 tin (395g) sweetened condensed milk  1 tin water, (use the same condensed milk tin) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean pod Method…

Baked Fish (Fihunumas) and Fish soup (Garudhiya)

Maldivians use fresh tuna to cook fish soup. It is a clear fish broth. This is one of the basic and most common dish of Maldivians . Fresh tuna is usually cut and cooked with bones and the heads to give more flavour. The fish broth can be boiled down until it forms a thick brown…

Yellow Curry (Kiru Garudhiya)

Yellow curry or Kiru Garudhiya is a simple yet tasty curry. You can use potato if you cannot get fresh moringa (drumstick pods). For this recipe I am using drumstick pods, which I bought from the local market. You can also find them at Asian grocers. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients …

Tuna Rice (Masbaiy)

Today I  am making a tuna rice or Masbaiy. This is a one-pot dish that Maldivians usually cook when they go on picnics. It is also a popular dish cooked for Friday lunch. It is generally served with Maldivian fish paste or thelli rihaakuru, but can be enjoyed on its own with a green salad. Prep…