Maldivian Reef Fish Curry


The cuisine of the Maldives has influences from its neighboring countries of India and Sri Lanka and thus curry is a big part of their everyday food.

Even though a lot of the spices used in the curry are similar, the Maldivian chicken curry still distinguishes itself. Curries can be made using chicken, fish or vegetables.

Here is a recipe for a Maldivian fish curry.


Maldivian Reef Fish Curry

 Serves 6


300 g reef fish

1 tbsp fish curry powder (Maldivian or Indian)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cumin powder

Few curry leaves

1 piece pandan leaves

Small cinnamon stick

1 cardamom

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tsp garlic-ginger chopped

1 chopped tomato

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

4 tbsp coconut cream




• Heat oil in a saucepan.

• Sauté onion, garlic, ginger cinnamon, cardamom, curry and pandan leaves, until all ingredients get light brown color.

• Add turmeric, cumin and curry powder cook for 2-3 minutes.

• Add tomatoes stir well.

• Cook for about 15 minutes.

• Add water and reef fish.

• Cook until fish is tender.

• Finish with coconut cream and check the seasoning

• Serve with steamed rice, papadam and chutneys


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