Typische Gerichte aus

Malediven

Typische gerichte aus Malediven

Stark von den Nachbarländern wie Indien oder Sri Lanka beeinflusst, basiert die Gastronomie der Malediven auf frischen Produkten aus der tropischen Natur des Landes. Die dominierenden Speisen werden auf Fischbasis zubereitet, wie zum Beispiel mit Thunfisch, Schwertfisch oder Zackenbarsch oder mit Meeresfrüchten wie Krabben, Hummer und Krake. Oft werden sie mit Reis, Zwiebeln, Limetten, Chile und Kokos serviert, eine Königszutat im Land, das den Speisen, besonders den Currys, einen milchigen Hauch verleiht. Der typischste Geschmack ist der scharfe Curry und andere Gewürze.

 

Bajiya

This triangular-shaped snack, similar to a samosa is usually baked or fried. The outer layer is made from a unique dough containing potatoes, lentils and coriander, whilst the interior is usually stuffed with fish, curry spices and onions. Other varieties include a spiced chicken filling, which is recognisable by a red mark on the outer dough. This is Maldivan party food at its finest and is often seen at weddings and celebrations.  

Curries

Like much of Asia, the Maldives loves its curries! This is the most popular, everyday dish you can expect to find on a typical Maldivan menu. Although the type of curry varies across the archipelago, most curries will be creamy, with added coconut milk and might include either fish, chicken or egg. The sauces tend to be thick and full of the delicious flavours of cumin, turmeric and curry leaves.  

Drinks

There are a few unique drinks that you will find if you travel to the Maldives. Perhaps the best-known is Raa, a lightly fermented drink made from the juice of the palm tree trunk. At around 4% alcoholic volume, it is the Maldivian equivalent to beer and is a favourite drink of the locals. Coconut milk is another popular drink in the Maldives, used in cooking and as a refreshing and nutritious beverage. Finally, you cannot visit the Maldives without enjoying its fine selection of tea. Black, green and oolong teas are widely enjoyed in the Maldives and it’s not uncommon for locals to add slices of lemon and apples to their hot drinks for an added fruity twist.

Garudiya

This simple, yet wholesome dish is a mainstay of traditional Maldivian cuisine. Basically a clear fish broth, usually containing tuna, the dish gets its flavour from added onions, curry leaves, chillis and lime juice. Normally, you’ll find Garudiya served hot alongside steamed rice.   

Gulha

A typical Maldivian snack, these delicious, deep-fried dumplings are ball-shaped and about the size of a ping-pong ball. Encased in a dough made of wheat or rice flour is a filling of flaked tuna, grated coconut, chilli and onion. Once coated in flour, the bite-sized balls are deep-fried and usually served as a snack alongside a cup of hot, sweet tea.  

Kuli Boakiba

Another favourite Maldivan snack, Kuli Boakiba is similar to a fish cake and, once again, features tuna, a favourite ingredient in Maldivan cuisine. Rice, tuna and coconut are combined with a variety of spices, garlic and onion until they form a thick dough. At this point, the mixture is spread onto a tray and baked until golden brown. A high-protein, delicious snack, still widely eaten in the Maldives today.  

Mas Huni

Mas Huni is similar to fish pate and is a mixture of grated coconut, flaked tuna, onion, chilli and lime juice. This mixture is usually served alongside warm roti flatbread as a breakfast dish, where it is usually scooped up and rolled up inside the flatbread for an easy, flavoursome breakfast.   

Sweets

The paradise archipelago of the Maldives has a number of unique sweet treats. Huni Folhi is a favourite dessert dish and consist of rice flour pancakes made with a batter of grated coconut, sugar, eggs and rosewater. Bodibaiy is another dessert option for those with a sweet tooth. Similar to rice pudding, this sweet rice dish is a simple staple of Maldivan cuisine. Finally, Foni Boakiba is similar to Bodibaiy but, as a final step, it is baked like a cake and served with almonds. A delicious, spoon-less alternative to enjoy with a cup of steaming black tea.    

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