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Havaadhulee Bis (Curried Tuna Dumplings)

August 22, 2009


2 cups flour

¼ cup boiling water

¼ cup grated coconut

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp salt


1 cup Maldivian smoked tuna Valhoamas (finely chopped)

½ cup  freshly grated coconut

1 onion (finely chopped)

8 curry leaves (finely chopped)

1 hot pepper chilli Githeyo mirus (chopped)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp lemon juice

1 ½ tsp salt


1 tbsp oil

1 onion (finely chopped)

2 tbsp  Maldivian roasted curry powder Hanaakuri havaadhu

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 curry leaves

2 inches pandan / rampe leaves

¼ tsp chilli powder

½ cup thick coconut milk

1 litre water (to boil the bis or dumplings)

Preparation of the dough

  1. Add salt, oil, grated coconut and water into the flour and mix well. Make into a soft dough. Divide the dough into 40 small balls and keep aside.

Preparation of the filing

  1. Mix onion, lemon juice, curry leaves, chopped hot pepper chilli and salt. Mix until the juices flow from the onion.
  2. Mix in the grated coconut.
  3. Add turmeric powder and mix again.
  4. Add Valhoamas and mix well.
  5. Divide and make 40 small oval shapes.

Preparation of bis (Dumplings)

  1. Press the dough into small cup shapes and place the tuna filling inside it.
  2. Close the dough over the filling and make into oval shapes like eggs.
  3. Repeat the same with the rest of the dough and tuna filling.
  4. Boil the water and drop above prepared egg shaped dumplings into it.
  5. Cook until the outer layer appears translucent.
  6. Remove from water and strain.

Preparation of curry

  1. Heat oil.
  2. Fry onion, curry leaves and pandan leaves. Fry until onions appear golden brown.
  3. Add in the chilli powder, turmeric powder, tomato paste and Hanaakuri havaadhu. Mix well.
  4. Add salt and thick coconut milk. Cook for few minutes.
  5. Fold the bis or dumplings into the prepared curry and apply curry all over.
  6. Transfer to a plate and serve hot.

Note: Can use canned tuna if you do not have Maldivian smoked tuna.

If you cannot get freshly grated coconut for this recipe, you may use medium dessicated coconut instead (dessicated coconut is readily available in most Asian shops in UK and in many other countries).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2009 12:44 am

    one of my favorite food …
    awesome, i tell you …

  2. August 25, 2009 3:34 pm

    Reminds me of the school canteen!

  3. September 27, 2012 5:36 am


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