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Monday, May 20, 2019

Kanamadhu muffins

Kanamadhu or Indian Almonds or sometimes called sea almonds is an elongated nut that is grown locally. Although compared to the old days these nuts are becoming a bit scarce due to cutting down of its trees. But a few years back kanamadhu cake was introduced.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rihafathafolhi ( curried fish pastries)

While working on recipes to upload for this month of  Ramadhan I had to go through several books because I seem to have covered quite a lot of local treats on the blog and also on my cookbook ( click here if you want to purchase it, although it is right now only available for locals). Anyway I have seen various fathafolhi recipes on Mohamed Amin's cookbooks but this particular one was very confusing so I had to check another local cookbook.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tuna Lasagne

I love a good Lasagne, the meat sauce and the cheesy bechamel, yummmm. But getting a good quality ground meat is not an easy thing here in the Maldives. The ones we get is buffalo meat and I am not a big fan of buffalo meat.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Maafuh Gulha ( Roasted Finger Millet Balls)

Okay, now how am I to explain what Maafuh is? Even I am not sure. On the packet it says sorghum so instead of getting myself into a big mess lets just leave it in the unknown right?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Chicken money bags

I  love the Nepali momos but the rest of the family doesn't, so I made it just once and they looked like I was feeding them medicine. I remembered seeing this Thai recipe where these dumplings were made or was it Chinese, not sure but I wondered if I can use the same momo filling into this and fry them rather than steaming them.
The hubby still wasn't so crazy about them but the boys found these quite fun especially the way it resembled little money bags you see in comics.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Valhomas hiki riha ( smoked tuna curry)

When working on my book, Chillies and Lime: recipes from a Maldivian kitchen, I read an article I found in one of the local books, Faiythoora. The articles ( Dhivehi Rahatha) give a little history of our food culture written by  Zulfa Ibrahim. It was an interesting article ( or series of articles) and for me, it was a treasury of discovery about  local food tradition.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mango and passionfruit fool

 I can see a few raised eyebrows. This dessert is called a Fool. It is a British dessert recipe where fruit puree is folded into lightly whipped cream and served topped with more fruit. It's light and delicious and easy to make. Has to be made an hour ahead and chilled.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mas banas ( Fish Buns)

I love mas banas or fish buns. This is a Sri Lankan recipe and has become a staple in most short eat shops and bakeries here in the Maldives. The filling is spicy and its  meal by itself.  I learned to make the dough from my sister, while the filling recipe I adapted from the recipe I found on Jehan's blog, Island smile.

Friday, April 19, 2019


I love cooking noodles, especially on busy days. All in one pot and loaded with vegetables. I was browsing Youtube for a noodle recipe when I came across Yakisoba, a Japanese stir-fried noodle recipe by  Nami from Just one cookbook.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Adh. Dhigurah

My hubby has this new found talent of springing little surprises on us. This year he announced we were going to visit Dhigurah, an island found in Alif dhaal atoll about 2 and half hours ferry ride away from Male' city.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Mediterranean Chicken and rice bowl

So my love for rice bowl continues. This time it is a Mediterranean one. Here the chicken is rubbed with some spices and herbs that is more towards the Mediterranean such as oregano, garlic, lemon( or in my case lime) a little chilli flakes( of course) and olive oil.