Lakshadweep is one of the coolest coastal spots in India. I mean, have you seen those pristine views and the crystal-clear water? No wonder it’s a top vacation spot! And you know what makes it even more awesome? The food!

Since Lakshadweep is an island, seafood and coconuts rule the food scene. From Kadalakka, Kallummakaya Curry, Octopus, to Mus Kavaab. Fish, prawns, crabs, and shellfish dominate the local cuisine. Rice is their staple, served with fish or meat curries. But here’s the twist – they cook the rice in coconut water, not regular water. That’s a game-changer which gives the rice a unique flavour. And their sweet game is strong, too. Unnakaya (banana rolls) and coconut-based treats are the sweet endings you need.

Let’s break it down to some must-try Lakshadweep dishes that will make your taste buds want more.

1. Mus Kavaab

Mus Kavaab is boneless fish, grated coconut, and Indian spices beautifully made into a curry. It is best buds with rice or parotta.

2. Maas Podichath

Dried tuna fish, coconut, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and chilli powder cooked together is a yummy combination, served with rice or roti.

3. Kurukku Kaalan

Another curry made of raw bananas, coconut, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chillies is one of the most loved dishes here.

4. Kallummakaya Curry

Mussels, coconut milk, curry leaves, and herbs create a flavour explosion. It is perfect with appams.

5. Kakka Irachi Ularthiyathu

Octopus pieces marinated and stir-fried with all the good stuff – turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies, and curry leaves. This one is a flavour bomb.

6. Kadalakka

A classic sweet with chana dal, eggs, cashews, and almonds, slow-cooked to perfection. This treat is a must-try.

7. Mutta Mala

This sweet made with eggs, sugar, and coconut milk is a festive delicacy, and it’s a big deal.

8. Kinnathappam

Steamed rice cake with coconut milk, rice flour, jaggery, and cumin. A famous sweet cake that’s happiness on a plate.

If you’re ever in Lakshadweep, make sure to hit up the food spots and try these yummy delicacies and you’ll leave with a belly full of island happiness.

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