Taste of Local

It has to be said you can’t beat home cooked food and with our  unique Taste of Local Life tour  we will introduce you to the flavors of the Maldives. Visiting the local markets in Male you will assist your guide in selecting some of the ingredients required to prepare lunch. Learn how to select the best dried fish and determine if a pumpkin is sufficiently ripe! Back in Hulhumale Soba and her family will welcome you into their family home.

Your host’s will introduce you to a selection of simple local dishes that are easy to replicate back at home. Have a go at grinding coconut, it’s not as simple as it first appears and learn the art of combining flavors with your finger tips.

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MASHUNI

Mashuni is popular at breakfast in the Maldives but can be eaten at any time of day. It is a very simple mix of coconut and tuna that is surprisingly refreshing and will want you going back for more!
There are many varieties of Mashuni. Canned tuna can be substituted with smoked or dried tuna or combined as done in our recipe below which brings a distinctly Maldivian taste to it. Mashuni is usually eaten with flat bread called “Roshi”

Ingredients:
16 oz canned tuna in water
5 oz dried smoked tuna
2 chilli peppers, seeded and chopped
2 onions finely sliced
Juice of 2 large lemons
1 fresh coconut (ripe), grated or 3 oz. of dried shredded coconut
3 oz coconut milk
Salt to taste

Place all the ingredients, except the coconut, into a large bowl and mix together well using your fingers to squish together bring out all the flavors. Finally add the grated coconut and lightly mix. Serve with roshi.

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BARABO MASHUNI

A slightly different version to traditional mashuni is barabo mashuni which adds mashed pumpkin to the tuna and coconut mix to give a moist and sweeter version of the Madivian breakfast classic.

Ingredients:
16 oz canned tuna in water
1 cup pumpkin (barabo) – boiled, drained and mashed
1 fresh coconut (ripe), grated or 3 oz. of dried shredded coconut
1 Scotch Bonnet chili – finely chopped
2 onions finely sliced
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt to taste
Mix together the onions, and pepper with the lemon juice and salt using your fingers to combine the flavors. Add the tuna and mix well followed by the pumpkin and finally the coconut. Serve with roshi.

MAS FEN

A variation on a theme, you will see the ingredients are almost identical to mashuni. Mas fen provides a more ‘soup’ like dish that is generally served with white rice for lunch or an evening meal.

Ingredients:
16 oz canned tuna in water
5 oz dried smoked tuna
2 chilli peppers, seeded and chopped
2 onions finely sliced
Juice of 1 large lemons
3 oz coconut milk or a can of coconut milk
Salt to taste

Slice the dry smoked fish very finely into small pieces and mix with the canned tuna. Slice and chop the onions and chilli. Using your fingers mix together with the lemon juice and a pinch of salt to combine all the flavours. Add the fish and mix thoroughly. Finally add the coconut milk first and combine together. Serve with white rice.

local-experiences

Looking for more culinary adventures? Why not join us on a 7 night cooking and culture holiday based on either of the agricultural islands of Thoddoo or Fuvahmulah.

 

 

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Since 2012 Secret Paradise has been at the forefront of the Maldives local island tourism industry, promoting and supporting guesthouses, dive centres and activity operators based on locally inhabited islands throughout the Maldives archipelago. Secret Paradise tours are designed to allow guests to engage with local people and experience the best from a paradise generally known as a luxury resort destination. The basis of our tours has always been to allow guests to learn about the Maldives, its culture, beliefs, and traditions and what better way to do this than to see the country through the eyes of a local. Travel with a local, island hop by public ferry, stay on a local island, share breakfast with a family in their home, exchange stories, relax with a coffee in a local café and immerse yourself in daily life.

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