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. For sure your family and friends will be so impressed when you hand one of these jelly hearts. Dragon fruit is delicious and nutritious too, so all the more reasons to enjoy it! The colour of the red dragonfruit looks amazing. It goes well with the…

Creamy Coconutty Rice Pudding and Crepes (Kiru and Folhi)

Happy Ramadan! This creamy coconutty rice pudding is a Ramadan favourite I remember my mom 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 mom, 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…

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…

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…

Breadfruit Curry (Banbukeyo Bongara)

Breadfruit curry or banbukeyo bongara is a  very popular dish among Maldivians. Originally it is a very hot curry with the use of dried red chillies being the main star of this dish. It’s certainly not to the faint hearted. But fear not,  I have adjusted  the heat by reducing the amount of chillies to make…

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…