Mas huni is a typical Maldivian breakfast, composed of tuna, onion, coconut, and chili. All ingredients are finely chopped and mixed with the grated meat of the coconut. This dish is usually eaten with freshly baked roshi flatbread and sweetened hot tea.
|Place of origin||Maldives|
|Region or state||South Asia|
|Serving temperature||With freshly baked chapati|
|Main ingredients||Tuna and grated coconut|
|Variations||Baraboa (butternut) mas huni|
Traditionally when fish was scarce, chopped leaves were added to the mas huni mixture. The green leaves of certain local plants and trees such as digutiyara (Senna occidentalis), kuḷḷafila or gōramfau (Launaea sarmentosa), mābulhā (Abutilon theophrasti), muranga (Moringa oleifera), massāgu (Amaranthus spinosus or Amaranthus viridis) sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and ḷos (Pisonia grandis), among others, replaced the fish in mas huni in a smaller or greater proportion.
Other variant of mas huni is made with muranga pods (Moringa oleifera) instead of thick, lucious leaves. First the pods are boiled, then the flesh with the seeds is scooped out. This is mixed along with the rest of the ingredients. This same type of thicker mas huni can be also made with boiled butternut squash or pumpkin.
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