Maldivian Fish Rice (Mas-Bai)

Mas-BaiJason Lang

Adapted from Seema Ahmed, who moved from the Maldives to Colombo in Sri Lanka, this dish features large, tender pieces of tuna. Its name literally translates to "fish rice." Traditionally, the coconut milk–cooked, spice-infused rice would be made ahead of time and packed up for beach picnics. Locally, it's served with a concentrated fish paste condiment known as rihaakuru, a byproduct of the region's tuna drying practices.