North-East, the eastern-most region of India comprising of the seven sisters states and Himalayan state of Sikkim is a hub of cultural diversity. Just like the colorful way of life of the Northeastern people, their flavors and cuisines are as vibrant as the natives themselves.
Most of these dishes uses simple fresh ingredients from nature like Bamboo Shoots, Bhoot Jolokia, Green leaves etc. along with Mustard oil which intensifies the flavor. Every culinary adventurers must try these cuisines at least once in their lifetime.
Here are 10 lip smacking cuisines from Northeast one must try:
1. Khar (Assam)
Any traditional Assamese meal is incomplete without the delicious Khar, an
2. Smoked Pork (Nagaland)
Nagaland’s most famous traditional smoked pork is definitely a cuisine you will drool over. Pork is tossed dry with other ingredients or prepared in a curry with local ingredients. This crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside dish is smoked along with Bamboo shoots giving it an intense aroma. This dish does not use too many spices and the perfectly cooked pork can be savored with steamed rice, dry fish chutney and boiled vegetables.
3. Iromba (Manipur)
Prepared with fermented fish, mashed potatoes, fresh green leaves and blazing red chillies, this simple yet fabulous dish is marked by its strong and pungent taste. Iromba is the staple delicacy of Manipuri cuisines. It can be served with steamed rice or any kind of side dish.
4. Masor Tenga (Assam)
Masor (Fish) Tenga is generally a tangy fish curry which is prepared using Ou Tenga (Elephant Apple). This scrumptious dish has a subtle sour taste and the flavor is enhanced by adding fresh local spices.
5. Jadoh (Meghalaya)
This fabulous cuisine from Meghalaya is an exquisite pork and rice based delicacy. It is a Khasi dish prepared in minimum oil and has an ambrosial taste. Any traditional ceremony is incomplete without Jadoh.
6. Vawksa Rep (Mizoram)
This delicacy from Mizoram is prepared with seasoned and smoked pork, chillies and fresh leafy greens. The herbs used in preparing the dish are locally grown and has a chewy essence. Once served its aroma will surely make you drool over it.
7. Pitha (Assam)
Pitha is the most popular snack of Assam. It is an innate aspect of Assamese delicacy and culture. It is usually eaten as breakfast or as evening snack. There are many types of pitha which may be either sweet or savoury, fried, roasted or barbequed inside a hollow bamboo stem. Pitha is an important part of Assamese festival Bihu and every household can be seen preparing various types of Pitha during that time.
8. Zan (Arunachal Pradesh)
Zan is a popular dish from Arunachal Pradesh prepared with millet flour and boiling water. This appetizing spicy porridge can be savored with both green vegetables and charred meat. This stunning dish is full of divine flavors and will surely make you salivate.
9. Chikhvi (Tripura)
This dish from the state of Tripura is made with stir fried bamboo shoots and sliced pork. This dish is prepared with a perfect balance of smokiness and lusciousness giving it a delish flavor. The pork is cooked beautifully with a little bit of moisture in every bite making it heavenly flavorsome.
Gyathuk is a delicious Thukpa recipe from Sikkim. It is basically an Indian version of Tibetan noodle soup. This appetizing delicacy prepared using noodles and steamy soup is very filling. It is savored with or without meat. The natural and refreshing locally grown spices add to the flavour of this mellow dish.
So, which of these cuisines are you eager to try?
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