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 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 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.
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.
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.