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Oh Keemiya


Oh keemiya is a Maldivian hedhikaa (short eats/snack) that is made with tuna and green peas. These small rolls are great to have at tea time in the afternoon.

In our recipe we’ve used Bonduelle Peas provided to us by one of our partners, STO (State Trading Organization). Bonduelle is a well-known brand for manufacturing canned foods that are fresh and easy to prepare. Bonduelle Peas have no added preservatives, and contains only four ingredients: peas, sugar, water and salt.

Oh Keemiyas are usually deep fried. However, in this recipe, we’ve used the Russell Hobbs 5L Brooklyn Air Fryer, opting for a healthier version of this deep-fried treat. The Russell Hobbs 5L Brooklyn Air Fryer was also provided to us by STO. It has 7 smart auto-cooking functions and a manual mode as well with a 5-liter capacity. It is easy to use as it has a digital touch screen display and has a removable cooking basket.


Makes: 16



For the filling

  • 1 medium onion
  • 10 curry leaves
  • ½ scotch bonnet
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tuna can (180g)
  • ½ cup Bonduelle Peas
  • 2 tbsp water

For the dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ cup warm water



  1. Thinly slice the onion, scotch bonnet and curry leaves.
  2. Add 2 tbsp oil into a pan and heat it up. Add in the sliced onion, scotch bonnet, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Sauté on medium high heat until the onions are softened.
  3. Next add chili powder, cumin powder, turmeric, black pepper powder and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. After that add the can of tuna after draining it. Mix to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Then add ½ cup Bonduelle Peas and 2 tbsp water and mix well again. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Now start making the dough by mixing flour, salt and oil together. Then gradually add warm water and knead until you have a dry, smooth dough.
  7. Make 16 equal small balls out of the dough.
  8. Using a rolling pin roll the dough balls evenly into small circles that are around 4 inches in diameter.
  9. Put about 1 tbsp of tuna and pea mixture in the center of each dough and fold two ends over it.
  10. Using a pastry brush or your finger, brush water on the other two ends and roll it up to close. The water will help in sticking the dough together.
  11. Then brush a thin layer of oil (around 1 tsp) on the rolls. Place the rolls side by side in the air fryer pan.
  12. Set the settings to 190 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes,
  13. After 10 minutes flip over the rolls and air fry for another 5 minutes. These are best served while they are still warm.
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