“Biss keemiya” – a Maldivian afternoon tea snack
Today I have something more exotic for you, a recipe from the beautiful Maldives islands.
Biss Keemyia is a deep-fried pastry pouch filled with crisp cabbage, hard-boiled eggs, and spices. Quite similar to an egg roll or an Indian samosa. It is a traditional Maldivian snack served during afternoon tea.
I’m using fresh curry leaves in this recipe but don’t mistake them for curry powder; they have nothing to do with it. Curry powder is a mix of different spices like coriander, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, etc. But most of the time, it doesn’t contain curry leaves.
Curry leaves have a distinct flavor - a little bit smoky, citrus-like, that’s unlike any other herb or spice. If you are lucky to find them (usually Indian grocery stores carry them), buy a bunch or two, wash them well, put them in a zip lock bag, and store them in your freezer. You can also find dried curry leaves on Amazon. If you can’t find any curry leaves, simply skip them.
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