Authentic Addu Flavours
The Indulgent Flavours of the South
menus from the south
There are many more dishes and snacks you can try in Addu which are worth a taste, at least once. One food experience you have to try in Addu is enjoying a king coconut at a Gaadiya (local mobile food and drink stall). The Gaadiyas also offer many sweet and savoury snacks you can try from.
culinary experiences from the south
Let us give you an insight into how these dishes are made and come together to make the perfect meal.
Tuna (cut and cleaned, raw fish)
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp olive oil
3 cardamom pods
Small cinnamon stick
2 tbsp Addu havaadhu (Addu curry paste blend)
1 cup coconut milk
How to make it:
Addu Reha is a rich and aromatic southern-style curry that is the perfect accompaniment to rice, different types of breads. To make Addu Reha, start by skinning, gutting, and cleaning some tuna and dicing it into small cubes. Finely slice a large onion and a couple of large garlic cloves and fry them in coconut (or olive) oil with some curry leaves, raan’baa ( pandan) leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, and a cinnamon stick until the onions are fragrant and golden brown.
Set aside half of the onion mixture and add some Addu havaadhu to the remaining mixture, frying for an additional 2 minutes. Thin out the mixture with a bit of water, add the tuna, and cook until the fish is done to your preferred doneness. Then add some coconut milk and cook until the mixture thickens. Garnish with the reserved fried onion mixture on top.
1 tsp yeast
warm water as needed
2 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp sugar
2 tsp milk
Salt to taste
1 tbsp margarine
How to make it:
Theleli Folhi is a type of fried bread that is a great accompaniment to the Addu Reha curry.
To make it, proof some yeast with warm water (add a sprinkle of sugar or a few drops of natural honey to feed the yeast) in a large mixing bowl and let it sit until the yeast forms a creamy foam layer on top. Add in flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, and a pinch of salt and mix thoroughly. Add in more water as necessary until the dough forms a firm, kneadable consistency. Add the eggs and oil and knead well. Finally, add some margarine (or butter, if you prefer) and give the dough a final thorough mix.
Cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm place to let the dough rise for about half an hour. Punch the dough down, and divide the dough into 20-25 even balls, cover them, and let them rise for another half an hour.
On a floured surface, roll out the balls into small, round flatbreads. Heat some vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 175°C and gently slide the flatbreads into the hot oil. Fry until they are golden brown on both sides, turning once, for about 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve the bread warm with the curry.
These two dishes combined makes quite the meal and is enjoyed by Adduans for lunch, dinner and sometimes even a hearty breakfast. It is best enjoyed eaten by hand, accompanied with a hot cup of black tea with some jasmine-infused sugar.
We hope you try these recipes and that they give you a little taste of Addu’s wholesome home cooking scene. Or, if you don’t want to cook it yourself, why not visit the Southern heart of the Maldives, Addu, to try these and even more dishes. Bon appétit or as we say in Addu dialect, “Meerikoh Kaagan”!
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