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Tuna Musaamum

This Tuna Dish Brings Home a Piece of Your Maldivian Getaway

Tuna Musaamum is a Maldivian dish guaranteed to leave you reminiscing about your vacation to the Maldives. Follow instructions from the guys at Baros Maldives to recreate their popular recipe.

Tuna Musaamum

Baros Maldives

Tuna Musaamum


    300g Tuna Fillets
    4tsp Coriander seeds
    2tsp Cumin seeds
    2tsp Fennel seeds
    1tsp Black peppercorns
    5 Dried red chilis
    2 Sticks Cinnamon
    40g Ginger, peeled and sliced
    2 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
    ½ tsp Turmeric powder
    2 piece Pandan leaves
    10 Curry leaves
    10g Cashew nuts
    10g Raisins
    2 Large onions, finely sliced
    3tsp Cooking oil
    3tsp Ghee
    60ml Water
    1/2 cup Coconut milk
    1tsp Salt
    2tsp Sugar
    250g Cooked basmati rice
    15ml Coconut oil
    1g Cumin powder
    1tsp Mustard seeds
    20g Dal (uncooked)
    20g Roasted peanut
    2 Dry red chilies
    1 Green chili fine chopped
    10 Curry leaves
    40g Grated fresh coconut
    Salt to taste


  1. First, prepare the tuna. Cut the tuna into 2-inch pieces. Holding your cut cube of fish, run your
    knife around the tuna so you are able to open it out. (If it is difficult, you can make three cuts on
    the fish but not all the way through so you have 2 -3 pockets, like pages of a book). Set aside.
  2. Prepare the curry paste by heating a clean, dry frying pan over medium heat, add coriander
    seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dried chillies, ginger slices, garlic, cardamom seeds,
    peppercorns, cinnamon and heat through till they release their aroma. Don’t let the spices burn.
    Remove, cool a little and pour into a blender or a wet grinder along with 1/4 cup of water,
    turmeric and pinch of salt. Grind to a fine paste.
  3. Leave about 2 tablespoons of the spice paste in the blender and remove the rest into a bowl.
    Add 3 tbsp of ghee into the frying pan and fry 1/2 of your sliced onions till its starts to turn

    golden. Add cashew nuts and raisins and fry till the raisins puff up. Remove onto kitchen paper
    to drain any excess ghee. Stir this into the curry paste in the bowl. Mix well.

  4. Take the tuna cubes and roll it up or open up the cut pockets and spread the curry paste in it.
    Wrap it up with strips of pandan leaf or secure with a tooth pick. Set aside.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large, preferably nonstick pot, and sauté the remaining onions and left
    over pandan leaves and curry leaves till the onions go soft and start to colour. Switch off heat.
  6. Arrange the curry paste stuffed tuna pieces on top of the onions, making sure that the fish is
    in one single layer.
  7. Add the coconut milk (or water if not using coconut milk) into the reserved curry paste left in
    the blender along with 2 tbsp of water and pulse once. Tip the contents into the pan containing
    the fish. Place it back on the stove over a low heat with the lid on. Give the pan a shake every 5
    minutes, and gently turn the fish using two spoons. After 15- 20 minutes, taste the sauce and
    season with salt and sugar. Place the lid back on and give a shake or two and cook another 5
    minutes. The sauce should be thick and quite dry, the fish slightly caramelized on the edges.
  8. Serve with plain cooked rice, a pilaf with a salad, or with flat bread.


  1. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds. Add the dal and sauté for about a minute.
  2. Then
    add dry red chilies, curry leaves and chopped green chili. Stir and sauté then add grated
    coconut. Stir very well.
  3. Sauté the coconut for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the steamed rice and salt. Stir
Image Source: Baros Maldives
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