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…

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:…

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…

Baked Chicken Spare Ribs

These chicken ribs are spicy and oh so addictive. Bake in the oven with the spices until crispy. Enjoy on its own or serve it with fried rice. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients  500g chicken spare ribs 1/4 onion or (50g onion) roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic or 1 heaped teaspoon chopped…

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…

Baked Fish (Fihunumas) and Fish soup (Garudhiya)

Maldivians use fresh tuna to cook fish soup. It is a clear fish broth. This is one of the basic and most common dish of Maldivians . Fresh tuna is usually cut and cooked with bones and the heads to give more flavour. The fish broth can be boiled down until it forms a thick brown…

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…