Maldivian Style Spicy Tuna Tacos

  This is my favourite way of making tuna tacos. We love our tuna and rotis. The rotis are freshly made but you can use store bought tortillas too. The tuna is tossed in a smoky seasoning mix. The dry roasted chillies adds a smoky flavour  to the spice mix. However if you don’t have time…

Sweet and Spicy Mango Curry

It is mango season here in Australia, so it’s the perfect time to make a curry.  Fresh juicy mangoes when cooked add a sweetness to the spicy curry. It’s best to use small ripe mangoes and serve each one a whole mango. I used Kensington Pride mangoes as they are the smallest and the sweetest…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

Special Tuna Curry (Kandu Kukulhu)

This is the most  special fish curry for Maldivians. The literal meaning of Kandu Kukulhu is Sea Chicken or Chicken of the Sea. Chicken curry being a favourite curry for Maldivians, hence the name “Kandu Kukulhu” has been given to show how special this tuna curry is!  Usually this curry is cooked for special occasions…