Words- Imtiaz Ullah
Photos- Ashley D Joseph and Siddhartha Saikia
Meghalaya comprises of three major districts – Khasi hills, Garo hills and Jaintia hills and the food is different in each region. The Garos eat a lot of yam, greens and use sodium bicarbonate in their cooking. While sesame seeds are used all across, the Jaintias love them a little more than the rest of the tribes. Apart from the slight variations, ja – rice and doh – meat (pork, beef, chicken) are part of the staple diet all over Meghalaya.
Meghalaya is more famous for its spicy meat and fish preparations
This dish is a typical food among the Khasis, it is a mixture of rice with pork or sometimes cooked with chicken and fish. It includes spices like onions, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, it gives you a slight taste of Biryani but less spicy.
Ja stem is another favorite food cook from rice and turmeric powder which makes it yellow in color, it is also cooked with black sesame seed to further enhance the flavor.
Tungrymbai Don’t go with the smell but the taste! Tungrymbai is prepared from fermented soya beans and a mixture of other spices. It is one kind of chutney which is highly delicious found in almost every Khasi food stall and eaten by many Shillong people.
This dish is a mixture of pork and black sesame seeds; though simple in cooking, the flavor of the sesame seeds adds another twist to the dish that makes it mouth-watering.
If you love pork you should try Dohkhlieh which is another popular cuisine among the Khasis which includes boiled pork, onions and chilies.
Garo’s are mainly known for there richness in non-vegetarian dishes, and they are really so delicious that once and all everyone should try it. Kappa is the one which is made in almost every household, and is very delicious and simple dish.
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