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…

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…

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…

Semolina Pudding (Suji)

Semolina pudding or suji is another favourite dessert for Maldivians during the month of Ramadan. It is usually accompanied with savoury finger foods or short eats like the traditional Maldivian fish cake or kulhi boakibaa. I prefer the dessert a bit thicker but feel free to add more water and adjust the consistency according to your…

Cassava pudding (Dhandialuvi Kandhi)

This is a popular dessert among Maldivians, especially during Ramadan. If fresh cassava is not available you can use frozen whole cassava sold in Asian Grocers. You can also substitute plantain instead of cassava. Feel free to adjust the consistency if you feel it’s too thick, by adding more water or coconut milk.  Prep time: …

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…