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 mom cooking it. However she will usually add smoked tuna or Maldive fish. This was my favourite curry growing up and my mom had a way of making anything tasty with very limited ingredients! So I dedicate this curry…

Drumstick Leaves Curry (Miracle Moringa Leaves 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. Or if preferred use my roti recipe…

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…

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…

Yellow Curry with Drumstick Pods (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, You can find them at Asian grocers. Moringa Tree is also called the Tree of Life because of its immense health benefits. This one of…

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…

Spicy Maldivian Fish Cake (Kulhi Boakibaa)

Maldivians have a love affair with tea and snacks. Where there is tea, snacks are sure to follow. Kulhi Boakibaa or  Spicy Maldivian Fish Cake is one the most popular tea time snacks. It’s one of the easiest and quickest snacks to prepare. Just mix everything in the one bowl and spread it out on…