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…

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: …

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.  I have made it so many times that it’s sometimes called Nattu’s Green Boakibaa. No birthday party will be complete without my favourite Green Boakibaa. We Maldivians love our tea time.  Tea…

Maldivian Style Caramel Pudding

This is caramel pudding, Maldivian style. It’s quick and simple to make. But tastes and looks great! Turn over onto plates once chilled and serve with fresh fruits if you like. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves 5 Ingredients  5 large eggs   1 tin (395g) sweetened condensed milk  1 tin water, (use…

Cassava Cake (Dhandialuvi Boakibaa)

Cassava cake or Dhandialuvi boakibaa is one of the most loved desserts in Maldivian culture. It is usually made during Ramadan and served with other short eats like Kulhi boakibaa or Maldives Fish Cake. Here is my recipe for cassava cake or Dhandialuvi Boakibaa.  Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Serves 6-8 Ingredients  1 packet…

Traditional Maldivian Dessert: Bondibaiy

Happy Eid! Today is a day of celebration after the most important day in the Muslim calendar, the day of Arafat, where pilgrims gather at one place and pray. So on this special occasion, let’s begin with an all-time favourite Maldivian dessert called bondibaiy, which is a sticky pudding,  made with either rice, sago, breadfruit or…