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Gulha, fried tuna dumplings

Gulha - Maldivian Tuna and Coconut Dumplings

A fried dumpling filled with tuna, coconut, onion, peppers, garlic, and ginger
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Maldivian
Servings 4
Calories 537 kcal


The Filling

  • 5 oz tuna (1 can chunk tuna)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • ½ coconut
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 lemon (just the juice)
  • 2 jalapenos (or scotch bonnet)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

The Dough

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • salt


The Filling

  • Either finely chop the coconut, onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos, or put them all in a blender with the lemon juice. If blending, do not turn into a paste, try and make everything a small mince.
  • Drain the water from the tuna. Add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, stir thoroughly to combine. Taste to see if it needs any adjustments.

The Dough

  • Combine the flour and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl. Add warm water, salt, and work the dough. You want a dough that stretches but isn't sticky. Add more water or flour as needed.
  • Tear off a piece of the dough, and flatten as much as possible, into a pancake. Make a depression in the middle.
  • Add a scoop of the filling, close the dough around the filling. Repeat until you run out of filling or dough.
  • Fill a pot with about 3 inches of vegetable oil, and heat up on medium. Once the oil is hot, add your dumplings. Fry about 8 at a time. Fry for about 8 minutes, or until dumplings are golden brown. Repeat until you finish all the dumplings!


Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 14gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 245mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 4mg
Keyword coconut, dumpling, fried, gulha, tuna
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