Lakshadweep awaits visitors with gastronomic delights

Lakshadweep dishes aren't easily available anywhere else, though they are easy to prepare. Photo: iStock/Melaniemaya

Lakshadweep is not just about picturesque beaches and postcard landscapes. The coral islands also have their own set of culinary specialities, mostly centred on the seafood varieties available. Interestingly, most of them are dishes that aren't available anywhere else, though they aren't too tough to prepare. If you have plans to visit India's own Maldives, include these items in your traveller checklist.

Maas Podichathu
Maas Podichathu is a dish that should never be missed by tuna (chura) enthusiasts. "Maas" refers to dried tuna, and this dish involves cutting dried fish into small pieces, and combining them with grated coconut, ginger, onion, turmeric, and other spices. A refreshing dish, it pairs exceptionally well with rice.

Kilanji, a sweet dessert, features rice flour and eggs as its primary ingredients. The dessert is exceptionally crispy and can be relished with coconut milk, fruit, or jaggery. If you have a sweet tooth, Kilanji is a must-try delicacy.

Mus Kavaab
Mus Kavaab has a taste akin to Maas Podichathu, but it is distinguished by the use of spineless fish. This curry, prepared with marinated fish and tomatoes, is served with a garnish of coriander leaves. Mus Kavaab stands out for its distinctive aroma and flavour.

Octopus fry
A treat for octopus enthusiasts, this dish features small octopuses fried with green chillies, garlic, and select spices. The crispiness of the preparation makes it an ideal evening snack on the beach. When complemented with the special local sauce, the taste experience is elevated.

The very thin-layered kilanji appam can be enjoyed with a curry infused with sliced bananas and coconut milk. Photo: Instagram/_afra_thaznim

Kadalakka holds a prominent position among Lakshadweep delicacies, yet it is different from the island's typical fish-centric fare. Chickpeas and eggs are the prime ingredients in this wholesome dish. It is a very healthy preparation compared with other snacks. The addition of almonds and raisins ensures that Kadalakka does not compromise on taste either.

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