Maldives Food: 25 Food in the Maldives You Should Try


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Maldives is a popular destination. First thing is coming to the mind of people about the country is luxury resorts and paradise islands. In this blog post we will tell you about food in the Maldives from Maldives breakfast to local Maldives food.

Read here Maldives itinerary and things to know before visiting Maldives.

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Read here travel guide of local islands in Maldives: DhiffushiThulusdhooMaafushiGulhi IslandMaleHulhumale and Omadhoo Island.

Maldives Food And Food in the Maldives

Maldives Breakfast

Local Food in the Maldives Breakfast

1. Mashuni

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Mashuni is salad with coconut, tuna fish and Curry. They use coconut milk and oil for cooking. It’s served as Maldives breakfast with chapati bread. Price of Mashuni can be around $3-4 USD.

Breakfast with a View in Local Islands

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It’s quite popular to have breakfast in the beach if you are staying in the hotel with view to the beach. We did at Planktons Beach in Hulhumale and it’s so peaceful and relaxing having your Maldives breakfast in the beach.

Guest House Breakfast in Maldives

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You will get surprised how good are Maldives breakfast in the guest house. This Maldives breakfast above is at Sandy Heaven Maldives in Gulhi Island. The most complete and the best staying in a local island based in our experience. Croissants, coffee, hot dogs, bread and eggs an incredible one!

Floating Breakfast

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One of the most popular Maldives breakfast is the floating breakfast in luxury resorts. We had this amazing floating breakfast at Park Hyatt Hadahaa.

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A perfect way to start your day swimming in the pool and taking beautiful pictures. Maldives floating breakfast are complete with fruits, coffee, eggs, pancakes and bakery.

Maldives Snacks

2. Hedika

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Hedika is the name the short eats or snacks in Maldives like samosas. They are everywhere. Prices are around 3 Rufiyaas per piece. It means you can eat 5 pieces for just $1 USD.

3. Roshi (Chapati)

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Roshi is a Maldivian chapati flat bread which is usually served for breakfast in Maldivian food.

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4. Bajiya (Maldivian Samosa)

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Bajiya is the Samosa. It’s usually deep fried and filled with fish tuna, onions and curry. Prices are 4-5 pieces for $1 USD. One of our favorite ones in this Maldivian food list.

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5. Gulha

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Gulha are small ball fried similar like samosa or dumplings with tuna, onions and coconut. Prices are cheap and you can buy 5 pieces with only $1 USD.

6. Hot Dog Rolls

Also as part of hedika this short orders we found mini hot dog rools. It’s usually made of chicken and deep fried served as a spring roll. It’s not with pork since Maldives is a Muslim country.

7. Biskeemiyaa

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Biskeemiyaa, Gulha, Samosa

Biskeemiyaa is a deep fried spring roll with boiled egg and vegetables. It has no fish inside. It’s also affordable Maldivian food and you can buy 3-4 pieces for $1 USD.

8. Keemiyaa

Keemiyaa is the same than biskeemiyaa above but filled with tuna fish, boiled and vegetables.

9. Biscutlets (Maldivian Croquets)

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Biscutlets are the same that hot dog rolls but instead they add tuna and potatoe. It’s similar to a croquet like we have in Spain.

10. Kavaabu

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Kavaabu is a deep fried snack made with rice, tuna, coconut, lentils and spices. It’s also very cheap and you can get 3-4 pieces for $1 USD. It can be a little bit spicy but its one of Ruben’s favorite Maldives food.

Maldives Food: Maldives Traditional Food

11. Boshi Mashuni Banana Flower Salad

Boshi Mashuni Banana Flower Salad
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Boshi Mashuni Banana Flower Salad is a mix of slad with coconut and banana flowers. It’s served with curry, tumeric and also with chili. Apart from Maldives cuisine and Maldivian food you can find as a Vietnamese cuisine.

12. Mas Riha

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Mas Riha is fresh tuna and cooked with coconut milk and curry. It’s a popular food in the Maldives in local restaurants. It’s usually served with hot tea or bread chapati.

13. Kukulhu Riha

Kukulhu Riha

Kukulhu Riha is chicken curry cooked with coconut milk and a few spices like ginger and green chilies. A Maldives traditional food to try.

14. Rihaakuru

Rihaakuru

Rihaakuru is fish tuna with a fish paste. The color can be very brown is one of the most Maldives traditional food.

15. Theluli Mas

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Theluli Mas is a fried tuna fish cooked with chili and garlic. One of the Maldives traditional food that you can’t miss it.

16. FIHUNU MAS

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A barbecue fish served with lime and chili. You can also eat with rice as side dish. We had this amazing meal at Nemo Inn in Omadhoo Island. Rachel’s favorite Maldives food.

17. Garudhiya Fish Soup

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Garudhiya is a fish soup and is served in local restaurants with rice. The fish is usually tuna with chili and species.

18. Dhonkeyo Kajuru

Dhonkeyo Kajuru

Dhonkeyo Kajuru is a fried banana cake flavored with rose water, coconut and sugar.

More Food in the Maldives- Maldives Desserts

19. Saagu Bondibai

Saagu Bondibai (sago pudding)
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Saagu Bondibai or sago pudding is a sweet dessert sago seed is mixed with coconut milk and condense milk.

20. Handulu Bondibai

Handulu Bondibai

Handulu Bondibai is a sweetened sticky rice with coconut milk and cinnamon. A delicious Maldives desserts in this list.

21. Aluvi Boakibaa

Aluvi Boakibaa
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Aluvi Boakibaa is a spicy tuna with bake potato. It’s usually served with hot tea.

22. Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamun is a dry milk powder so sweet and typical from the Indian subcontinent.

23. Kulhi Boakibaa

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Kulhi Boakibaa is a spicy fish cake made with tuna, coconut, lemon and curry and green chillies.

24. Tea in Maldives

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Tea in Maldives is the most common drink. People can drink hot tea with the desserts and sweets and also with the snacks. You will see locals in Maldives drink tea any time.

25. Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

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Nasi Goreng or fried rice we found in most of the local islands in Maldives. A delicious dish with chicken or vegetables with fried egg. Prices in local restaurants is around $3 USD.

Prices Food of Maldives

There are local restaurants and Western. It depends on the food that you would love to try. We chose local options and you can get meals for $4-6 USD per person. If you go for Western Restaurants will cost you $8-10 USD per person.

You will find fish everywhere especially yellow tuna fish. And curries they add to their food in almost all the dishes.

Local market Hulhumale, Maldives itinerary

For the first day in Maldives I recommend you to stay in Male or Hulhumale since they are so close to the airport. You will be able to feel the local vibe in the capital Male. You can visit their local markets and try local food.

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This is our favorite local market in Male. It’s next to the local market at the end of the jetty port. They are selling fish and it’s affordable you can buy one kilo for $4-5 USD. We saw yellow tuna fish and they are huge more than 20 kilos.

24 Hours Coffee Shop in Male

Male is too busy to walk around and it’s great to make a stop for coffee or tea. Our favorite place was Sea House a 24 hours coffee shop in Male next to the port with strong wifi. It’s open 24 hours and that’s great especially if you have to catch up with work or you just want to send updates to your family and friends.

Smoking Shisha in Maldives

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After dinner locals love smoking shisha is always great chance to meet locals and make new friends. After the sunset and having dinner can be the best way to relax and be ready for next day.

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Western Meals in Maldives

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Don’t think about prices in India, Sri Lanka or countries in Southeast Asia for Maldives. Guesthouses are expensive, local food is affordable, local transportation is really cheap. But speed boats and airplanes are so expensive and also luxury resorts.

We already mentioned the prices above local food $4-5 USD, accommodation $40-60 USD and transportation can be $2-3 USD or $25 to $200 USD for one speed boat ride.

For Western food in the resorts prices will be around $30-50 USD per meal and per person. In the local islands Western food prices will be starting from $10 USD.

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Maldives Drinks

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For Maldives drinks prices in luxury resorts are starting from $10 USD for a beer and it can be cheaper in Happy Hours. Prices are expensive since Maldives is a Muslim country.

Maldives drinks aren’t allowed in mainland in local island and you have to do in a boat 5 minutes far from the island. Small boats are riding anytime of the day. Prices for Maldives drinks or a beer in the boat are $10 USD.

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Hope you enjoy our Maldives food travel guide. Which one of this food in the Maldives is your favorite one? Western meals or local meals in the Maldives? Let us know in the comments below.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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