Vegan inspiration by Gili Lankanfushi on #Worldveganday

How did you like the recipe of the Keemala? Have you already tried it ? Today we continue our series with part 3 of the vegan inspirations from the hotel kitchen: we introduce a recipe of the Gili Lankanfushi on the Maldives. As a pioneer of luxurious ecotourism vegan kitchen is a “must”  for a long time, there is even a raw and vegan eight courses menu. And the word “Menu” does not really reflect the experience, because “Chef’s Table Gili Organic Garden Dinner Experience” is accompanied by chef Hari Govindaraj and takes place in the organic garden of the resort.

Organic garden at Gili Lankanfushi
Favorite place on the island of chef Hari Govindaraj: the organic garden © Gili Lankanfushi

The garden is the heart of Gili Lankanfushi: situated in the middle of the island it supplies the kitchen daily with fresh, and with a lot of love biologically cultivated herbs, fruit and vegetables. (btw. All guests are much welcomed to relax in a green environment) The eight-courses menu starts with a tour through the organic garden where the ingredients  for dinner are harvested. Afterwards you may lean back and just enjoy the delightful vegan delicacies!

A Different Beginning

Aloe Vera Coconut Ceviche with lemon grass, coconut and mint


Welcome to The Garden

Flowers and citrus fruits salad with orange, grapefruit, pomelo and rucola pesto


Taste of Greens

Garden Green Gaspachio with garden greens, avocado and cucumber


From the Root

Pan Seared Scallop with cauliflower couscous, pumpkin puree and curry foam


Grain on the Spoon

Barley & Shitake mushroom risotto with grilled asparagus and vegan ricotta cheese


Vegetable in Vegetable

Spinach Ravioli with celeriac, tomato and vegan parmesan cheese


Before the Main

Carrot and Orange Gratina


Testing the Palate

BBQ Strip Loin Steak with hummus, roasted garlic, chimichurri and crispy rosemary


Raw Sweet Ending

Chef Dessert Plate with mousse, cheese cake, fruit tart and ginger ice cream


Chef Hari Govindaraj
Get inspired by the chef’s instagram channel @hari_govindaraj © Hari Govindaraj

Well, we can’t help it, if your mouth is not watering by now… An easy recipe to try at home is the avocado cucumber gazpacho, aka “3G”: Garden Green Gazpacho!


1 avocado

3 cucumbers

75g garden greens

25g garden herbs (Basil, mint, fennel leaves)

juice of 3 limes

10 basil flowers

10 ml Extra virgin olive oil


How to prepare the Gazpacho: 

Cut the avocado and cucumber, mix together with garden greens and herbs, and marinate with extra virgin olive oil and salt. Keep for 4 hours in the refrigerator. Then blend all together with little bit of ice, finishing with lime juice. Served chilled with the basil flowers on top and enjoy!


Cover image: The Garden Green Gaszpacho © Gili Lankanfushi