Review — Kurumba Maldives living up to its name with the extensive use of coconut

Review — The vast majority of the world population may have just discovered the numerous health benefits of coconut, but for people living in the tropics this is old news. The coconut palm has sustained communities in the tropics, including Maldives, for centuries. There is a reason why the national emblem of Maldives features this versatile palm. It is the national tree and has played a vital role in the livelihood of Maldivians. They depended on the coconut palm for everything from transportation and housing to food and medical purposes. It may not be used as extensively today, but coconut is still a popular fruit and the base of most Maldivian cuisines.

Kurumba Maldives
Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

The very first resort opened in the Maldives was named ‘Kurumba’ meaning young/tender coconut in Maldivian language. No surprise there. Nearly four decades later, the resort is one of the finest in the country.

Kurumba Maldives is well-known for the rich dining experience offered to its guests. There are 8 different restaurants on the island offering a vast array of cuisines from Maldivian, Indian, Arabic, Asian, and Japanese to international and contemporary seafood. Having tried the food here, I came to the conclusion that the resort has hired a bunch of magicians instead of chefs. That is the only way food could taste this good.

Kurumba Maldives
Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Another wonderful aspect of the resort is that it stays true to its name with the extensive use of coconut, from spa treatments to several delectable cuisines you probably have never tried in your life, but must definitely try. Coconut is the newly deemed “superfood” that has taken over the world by storm, so I assume this is a huge advantage for the resort.

If you happen to visit Kurumba Maldives these are some essential orders:

Coconut colada

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

There is nothing like the sweet water of a tender coconut straight from the palm to quench your thirst and give you instant energy which, might I add, is also available at Kurumba Maldives. But when you’re lounging on the beach in the hot sun, this coconut colada is just the thing you need. The sweetness of coconut against a hint of tangy freshness is the ultimate taste of paradise.

Rice and Curry

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Both, rice and coconut milk, have very subtle flavors so you may think that cooking rice in coconut milk may not make a big difference. This bowl of rice is testament to the fact that it does make a huge difference-the texture is better and the taste is creamier.

Moving on to the curries, the massaman curry (on the left) is, hands down, the best beef curry I’ve had in my entire life. The beef cubes were so tender they just melted in my mouth. The prawn curry (on the right) was equally good. Again, organic pure coconut cream gave the curries a very rich creamy taste and was perfect against all the wonderful spices.

Kurumba Maldives
Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Kale salad

This is a traditional Maldivian salad packed with nutrients. Coconut, onion, chili and lime juice is mixed together to make a very mild dressing which goes really well with the kale. The salad is great on its own, with rice and curry or with omelet.

Roasted coconut chips

Although I’m familiar with the taste of coconut chips, this took me by surprise. A little salty on the outside and a little sweet on the inside, I could snack on this all day. It may not look too appealing but trust me, this is good health and taste in disguise. You must try this.

Coconut chutney

Coconut chutney is well known in South India, mostly taken at breakfast time. It goes well with breads, curry and even rice. This is the kind of food for the person whose taste buds are not made for the strong Indian curries and spices. Chutney is mildly spicy and easy on the stomach.

Coconut Yoghurt and honey

Having never tried coconut yoghurt before, I absolutely fell in love with it. I’m not a big fan of yoghurt but this was so light and fresh. It tastes heavenly with the coconut honey, they go so well together. I was told that that the yoghurt is a breakfast-time favorite at Kurumba and the honey is one of the most popular among 8 other types on offer. It would be perfect with pancakes and toast too.

Masroshi

This a popular item among Maldivian short eats. Grated coconut is used both, in the dough and in the filling, which is made my mixing together, smoked tuna, grated coconut, onion, chili, curry leaves and lime juice. Even if you don’t like sea food or Maldivian food, you are bound to like this one. Kurumba’s masroshi tastes as delicious and as authentic as those made in traditional Maldivian kitchens.

Coconut cake

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

This coconut layer cake is a great example of innovative use of traditional Maldivian flavors at Kurumba Maldives. The creamy coconut glaze and sorbet are light and perfect to cleanse the palette after a meal. The screw pine and pandan layers have very distinctive tropical flavors so they give a nice kick to the cake.

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

This beautiful black coconut cake gets a ten on ten for presentation and for taste. Sweetened grated coconut topped with meringue and coconut cream. A mouthful of this and you will be in coconut heaven.

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Finally a cup of coconut milk coffee brewed to perfection-another favorite for guests at Kurumba Maldives. Who knew coconut milk could make coffee taste so great? Now this is the way to end a great meal in tropical paradise.  

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