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








  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1×50 gram  coconut milk powder dissolved in 1 cup warm water
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon jasmine flower water (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion or half medium onion sliced
  • 2 tablespoon slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Keep a non-stick  20cm cake tin ready.
  3. In a bowl, add flour, sugar,cinnamon and cardamom powder and mix together
  4. Add the beaten egg followed by the coconut milk and water.
  5. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Add the green food colouring and the jasmine flower water (if using).
  7. Whisk well to combine and set the mixture aside.
  8. Heat the oil in a pan. 
  9. Fry the onion until golden. Pour the onion and oil into the baking tin.
  10. With a spoon spread the onion evenly over the tray, this ensures the tin to be oiled.
  11. Strain the mixture into the tin. The onions will rise to the top of the tin.
  12. Discard all the bits left on the strainer.
  13. Scatter the almonds over the cake. 
  14. Bake in the oven for 1 hour until set.
  15. Slice and serve.

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