Sweet and Spicy Mango Curry

It is mango season here in Australia, so it’s the perfect time to make a curry.  Fresh juicy mangoes when cooked add a sweetness to the spicy curry. It’s best to use small ripe mangoes and serve each one a whole mango. I used Kensington Pride mangoes as they are the smallest and the sweetest…

Bondibaiy (Rice Pudding) – A Sticky Affair

Happy Eid! Yet again. A celebration of food, family, and friends. I started my food blogging journey on Eid two years ago, with a very traditional Maldivian dessert, Bondibaiy (rice pudding). My food blogging journey would not have started without the help of my daughter, Rubina. She encouraged me to start this humble journey to…

Coconut and Red Dragon Fruit Jelly Hearts

This is a simple but impressive dessert to make. The colour of the red dragonfruit looks amazing. It goes well with the creaminess of the coconut. Even though it takes a bit of time to do it this way,  it looks beautiful  once the jelly is set. If you do not have the time you…

Creamy Coconutty Rice Pudding and Crepes (Folhi and Kiru)

Happy Ramadan! This creamy coconutty rice pudding is a Ramadan favourite I remember my mum making a big pot of this pudding and serving it with crepes for the first day of Ramadan. I love to dip my crepes in the pudding. So the tradition still continues, and in memory of my beloved mum, I…

Red Lentil or Dhal rice (Mugu Baiy)

This is a simple,  hearty and nutritious dish made with a few ingredients. Two of my favourites, rice and dhal are cooked together in one pot. I have used red lentils for this recipe as it is quicker to cook. Dhal rice goes well with my  potato curry and coconut and mint sambal or by…

Potato Curry

The humble potato shines in this one pot, quick and easy but flavoursome curry. Use my spice mix if preferred, if not a good store bought curry powder will do too. Freshly toasted spices gives the curry a depth of flavour, use  2 to 3 tablespoons of the curry powder and  reserve the remaining curry…

Coconut and Mint Sambal

This is a spicy coconut sambal, that  goes well with the dhal rice and potato curry. Omit the chillies if you like it less spicy. If you cannot find Maldivian smoked tuna, substitute with a drop of fish sauce or leave it out.   Ingredients 4 tablespoon desiccated coconut 28g onion chopped 1 clove garlic…

Cabbage and Egg Rolls (Bis Keemiyaa)

Maldivians love their snacks or hedhikaa as we call them. Almost all of our snacks have tuna in them, hence we are a tuna loving nation. But somehow this maybe the only popular snack without tuna. My daughters loved these and especially my eldest daughter who simply adores this snack. I am pretty pleased when…

Carrot and Green Peas Curry

This is as simple as a curry can get! If you have a bag of frozen peas, carrots and a few spices, then you are in luck. However, if you have time, freshly toasted and ground spices will lift the curry to a new level. If not  use store bought ground spices and it will still…

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 in…

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…