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 1…

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…

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…

Maldivian Ravioli or Curried Eggs (Hawaadhulee bis)

This is a favourite tea time snack for Maldivians. A spicy tuna filling goes inside these egg shaped dough balls and after that it’s boiled and lightly coated in a curry sauce. Maldivians call it curried eggs hence the shape, I call it Maldivian ravioli. Soft spicy and delicious. Prep time: 45 minutes Cook time:…

Crispy Tuna Rolls

These crispy golden tuna rolls are the perfect finger food to enjoy with a cup of tea. Maldivians love tuna and we love making short eats or snacks or finger foods using tuna. These come in various shapes and sizes, and each one has their own unique taste. While almost all of them will have…

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 (Miracle Moringa Curry)

Drumstick leaves (moringa 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…

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…