Caution: Following blog may change your opinion on north eastern food.
Words- Imtiaz Ullah
Photos- Alongbar Basumatary(Souls_Of_Green)
Wacky Food – North East India
The North Eastern part of India still remains largely unexplored. But of late people have started travelling to this part of the world. As people have started travelling, there are lot of questions pertaining to food habits like – do you guys eat different kind of animals? Would we get something in Veg? Your food habits are weird? Do you eat dog and snake? And the list continues. Oh yes! Northeast India has some weird dishes along with regular dishes. If you wish to experiment with your food, then pack your bags and rush to Northeast India to delve into all the weird foods.
I am always bemused to hear these questions. North East is an amalgamation of different tribes, ethnicities, religions and hence, there exists a lot of diversity in food habits. But the bottom line remains the entire region loves food. Being from Assam and also having travelled extensively, I can say that you will get some of the most hospitable people in this part of the country.
Dare to Eat Yes, I don’t shy away from saying that we do eat different kind of animals, insects, birds etc. etc. but the cuisine has everything for all. Northeast India is “THE PLACE” to experiment with food.
One interesting fact– you will of course find lovely vegetarian dishes in Northeast. So Guys, in North East, different cuisines cater to vegetarian also. Through this post I wish to break that myth as well.
The food of North East India is considered to be very healthy. Their preparations are simple and yet, tasty. Most of the ingredients they use are organic which again, contributes to the health factor. Dishes are typically spicy as they use chilli pepper rather than garam masala. Oil is uncommon usually in the authentic north eastern food. The remote you travel, less the oil and healthier the people. Ever seen a woman carrying a huge ass log of wood, well you may in these parts. All thanks to healthy lifestyle, food is a big factor in that.
Today’s highlight is Bodo cuisine. What are the famous Bodo dishes?
● Mwita Kangkrai – crab with roselle leaves
● Napham – fermented fish chutney – This is a must have if you love trying out fish variations
● Sobai Jwng Dau Jwng – Chicken in roasted black gram
● Daau Jwng Kumra Jwng – Chicken curry cooked with White gourd melon
● Ondla Jwng Naa Jwng – Fish curry with rice powder
● Sobai Jwng Oma Gwran Jwng – Smoked Pork with Black Gram
● Emphow Jwng Mwitha Jwng – Silk worm cooked with Roselle leaves
● Silkworm Fry
● Goi Phathwi – Betel Leaf and Nut
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