Foods of Lakshadweep- 5 Dishes of Lakshadweep Cuisine that you must try when visit Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is an Indian union territory and a tropical archipelago of 36 islands and coral reefs located around 400 km off the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. It is noticeable that not all the islands are inhabited, and only a few are open to visitors with permits only. Being Kerala at the closest proximity to Lakshadweep, food, and cuisines here influenced significantly by flavors, ingredients, and style of Kerala’s cuisine and food. Seafood and Coconut preparation are what define the island’s menu up to a great extent. The menu of Lakshadweep’s food also includes a variety of fried and barbecue fish. Due to the abundance of coconut, this particular ingredient can be seen in most of the dishes prepared here in Lakshadweep whereas refreshing Coconut water is the cheapest and healthiest drink of the island. Apart from local delicacies, the restaurants here in Lakshadweep also serve a series of international cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Korean dishes. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in Lakshadweep, however, one can easily enjoy this at Bangaram islands.   Most of the recipes in the coastal areas like Lakshadweep are seafood based. A variety of fish, squid, prawn, crab, lobster is used extensively for making some sumptuous dishes on this archipelago. Most of the dishes are very simple to make which are served with love and the authentic taste is too good. Let’s know about some of the cuisines and dishes of this beautiful island. Here are the five best seafood in Lakshadweep that one must try once traveling to this island.

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Here is a list for you - Foods of Lakshadweep- 5 Dishes of Lakshadweep Cuisine that you must try when visit Lakshadweep

1. Mus Kavaab

This is the top food in our list of five best seafood to eat in Lakshadweep. The dish is usually made up of boneless fish- mus, marinated with a paste made with ground coconut, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cloves, and cardamoms.  Then these pieces are cooked with sautéed onions and flavored with curry leaves, cherry tomato, and salt. This curry-kavaab best served hot with rice or chapatti providing satisfaction to your taste buds.  You can easily get this prominent dish at any restaurant in Lakshadweep island.

2. Octopus Fry

The second dish on our list might be a little scary for some people but it is also very popular in Lakshadweep, this is a common cuisine of the islanders and available at some famous restaurants offering a variety of seafood. The dish is prepared with baby octopus which is the main ingredient of the dish along with that coriander leaves, garlic, green chili, and salt are all mixed well to make a tasty sauce that goes amazing with the crispy octopus deep-fried in oil. The fries go well with spicy sauce and also used as side dishes for both lunch and dinner.

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3. Fish

Fish is also a very common food of Lakshadweep and it goes well with fish thali comprising rice, fish curry, and papad. Fish curry is prepared with fried fish and curry made up of various ingredients such as yogurt, salt, chili, ginger, garlic, and cloves. You can enjoy this dish at any of the restaurants in Lakshadweep or also can order to your hotel or homestay where you are staying in Lakshadweep. The dish is on the number third in the list of the best five foods in Lakshadweep.

4. Fish Pakoda

This is again a very famous snack item of the Lakshadweep which is served in many outlets here. This dish acquired the fourth position in the list. It is prepared by the boneless cubes of the freshly cut fish, marinated with salt. Next, it goes under deep fry process after dipping it into a paste made up of gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric, and salt.

It is usually eaten with a spicy sauce of tomatoes and chillies which will give you a taste that linger in your mouth for a long time. It is a very tasty dish to try as a side dish or some people eat it with lunch and dinner too.

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5. Maasu Podichath

It is also a very unique dish made up of fish only, but the twist in this dish is that it prepared with the dry tuna. As Maasu mean dried tuna in local parlance. One or two dried fish are used to make Maasu Podichath by cutting into fine pieces and then mixed with grated coconut, chopped onion, garlic, turmeric powder, and some other ingredients missed well together. This mixed then served with rice or chapatti. It is very easy and handy to make when you have guests and there is no fresh fish and other vegetables.


While traveling to this island do not forget to taste the cuisines and these dishes in the restaurants there. You will have an amazing food experience by checking them one at a time. Moreover, get mingle with the locals and get a chance to try some authentic and local taste too. Foods of Lakshadweep is as much tasty as any other activity or destination here in Lakshadweep.

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