What is a typical meal in the Maldives

Culinary delights from the Maldives

Most of the hotel islands in the Maldives have very good restaurants that conjure up wonderful dishes. Although the islands are remote, the food supply is optimal - wealthy tourists are spoiled there. Fruit, vegetables, meat and of course fish are on the rich menu in the hotels. As a rule, fresh bread is baked on site every day, so that every meal, from breakfast to dinner, is a pleasure. In addition to international dishes such as pasta (noodles), exotic dishes are also often served. The Indian influence can be clearly felt, and Maldivian specialties often find their way onto the plate.

There is bad news for contemporaries who do not only get intoxicated with the underwater world on their vacation and therefore want to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with dinner: These drinks are extremely expensive on the islands. If you have not booked an all-inclusive holiday and therefore want to bring alcoholic beverages from Germany, you may experience a nasty surprise upon arrival: alcohol is not allowed to be imported. If you smuggle hard liquor and get caught doing it, there is a risk of serious trouble and even refusal of entry. If, on the other hand, you are honest and say you have alcohol in your luggage, the bottles will be deposited at the airport and you will only get them back when you leave the country. Travelers who would like to enjoy a good wine on their holiday island should be aware of this.

Since it is extremely warm in the tropics - the Maldives are in the immediate vicinity of the equator - you should drink enough fluids throughout the day, preferably water, tea and unsweetened fruit juices or juice spritzers. If you have to pay for each drink individually, the bill quickly turns out to be quite high, which may not have previously been factored into the holiday budget. All-inclusive catering has the undeniable advantage that you can have drinks almost around the clock on most hotel islands without becoming very poor.

But now to the Maldivian specialties that with a little luck you will get served on the hotel islands. However, one should not expect such meals every day, because many hotels are not under local management and accordingly often the food consists mainly of pasta and other European dishes.


The ocean is omnipresent in the Maldives. So what could be more natural than getting a staple food fresh every day? Various fish that live in the waters around the Maldives serve as a "staple food". Caught on the same day, the animals move into the pan, on the grill or in the saucepan. The different fish dishes should taste very good, as I have been told by many people who, unlike me, do not have a vegetarian diet.


One of the few fruits grown in the Maldives is the coconut, which is part of a variety of local dishes. The inhabitants of the Maldives like to eat fish with coconut curry, which is said to be extremely tasty. The fresh nuts are also served as a dessert or snack. Chilled they are a real delicacy. Creations such as coconut cakes or coconut cream, which are occasionally part of the dessert buffet on the hotel islands, are particularly delicious.

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Mas riha

A fish dish is hidden behind this name. The fish is cooked as a kind of goulash in a curry sauce called riha. Mas riha is one of the typical dishes of the Maldives.

Riha hakuru

By cooking a fish stock for hours, you can get a very salty, but long-lasting fish sauce called Riha hakuru in the Maldives. This delicacy is very popular with the locals.


Masooni is also a fish dish. Finely grated dry tuna is dressed with onions, chili peppers and lime juice.


Rice, spices and fish are used to make small rolls that you can eat with your fingers. Keemia should taste delicious.


Bread like in Europe is only available on the hotel islands and in the capital Malé. Otherwise, the Maldivians eat Roshi, a thin, unleavened flatbread made from desiccated coconut and wheat flour that is cooked on hot baking trays. Roshi is torn into small pieces and dipped in fish sauce or eaten with masooni (see above).

Gulhi bokibaa

As a dessert or in between meals in the Maldives, you can eat Gulhi bokibaa, a sweet cake refined with spices.


The Keyku cake, which is served as a dessert, is sweet and loosely baked.

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The pudding called Kastad (derived from the English word "custard"), which the Maldivians appreciate as a dessert after a good meal, is extremely sweet.


Like their Indian and Sri Lankan neighbors, the Maldivians like to drink black tea. They call him Sai. If you want to drink a heavily sweetened black tea in the Maldives, then you have to order Kalu Sai.


The container from which you drink kurumba is pleasantly environmentally friendly: you slurp it from your own fruit shell, because kurumba is the juice of the drinking or king coconut. With the help of a drinking straw - this is usually made of plastic, which unfortunately ruins the environmental friendliness of Kurumba - you can get the delicious juice. On some hotel islands, this delicacy is served to newly arrived guests as a local "welcome cocktail".


Finally, the tiny, sugar-sweet and aromatic bananas that are grown in the Maldives should be mentioned. You should definitely try these small fruits if you have the opportunity.


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