Month: December 2017

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Recipe | Manipuri Dish: Paan( Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba

Eromba is one of the most popular dishes Manipuris prepare for their lunch/dinner. It is a local-favourite dish, enjoyed by people from other parts of Northeast as well. It’s usually made with boiled vegetables mashed with ngari (fermented fish) and chillies. Vegetables like yongchak (tree beans), soibum (bamboo shoots), yendem (buckwheat), belandri (lady’s finger), lafu (banana stem) and Paan (colocasia/arbi) are commonly used to make different varieties of eromba. Our recipe today, is the Paan (colocasia/arbi) eromba contributed by our lovely R&L follower, Impala Ayekpam. This is a simple dish you can easily make using ingredients available around your kitchen! Paan (Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 15-20 mins  Ingredients: 250gm of Paan/colocasia/arbi (washed and peeled) 10-12 Dried red chillies/1-2 king chillies (whichever is preferred) 5-6 Ngari/fermented fish 2-3 smoked fish (optional) Salt to taste. Garnish :  Fresh 1/2 u-morok/ghost pepper (thinly sliced) and Spring onions/corrainder (chopped) Directions to cook:  Add 4-5 cups of water in a pressure cooker and boil the arbi and chillies.  Let it whistle  for about 4-5 times  Cool it down and drain the water  Roast the …

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Living The Photographic Dream : Vitoto Sakhrie | Photographer | Nagaland

  “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps you moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” – Martin Luther King Vitoto Sakhrie is a man with many strings to his bow. He is a self-taught creative graphic designer, serves at his local church, and is now somebody who counts photography as one of his biggest interests – particularly since he rekindled a dead but intense childhood dream from a decade ago. Tell us a bit about yourself. I was born and brought up in Kohima in a big family. So big that people often recognize us by just our ‘serial number’ among the kids. I am the 9th oldest kid in the family and am 35 years old. I am currently working as a graphic designer in our church at Kohima and just started work as a freelance photographer Is photography your full-time occupation? I am a full-time church worker. I love my …

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A Quick Tour Through the Food and Craft Stalls At The Hornbill Festival 2017, Nagaland

The food, art and crafts stalls are a big part of Hornbill Festival; locals and tourists flock in to indulge themselves in some local food and drinks every year, experiencing the rich culture and traditions of different Naga tribes. The food stalls offer some delicious food items prepared by chefs who are ardent food enthusiasts themselves! For the arts and crafts junkies, the Bamboo Pavilion displays a variety of handicrafts, decor products, handmade necklaces, books by Naga writers, etc. for sale. Here are few of the MANY interesting stalls we came across this year at the festival. Chefs Asin Shurhozelie (Left) and Asen Jamir (Right) of ‘The Bowl’ welcoming visitors to their food stall at Kisama Heritage Village, Nagaland  Volunteers Paudwa Elunglung (Left) and his friends from the ‘Benreu Students Union’ preparing some mouth-watering barbecued food at the Kohima Night Bazaar food stall. Macramé (patterned lacelike webbing made of hand-knotted cord,yarn) curtains by Lem on display inside the Bamboo Pavilion stall at Kisama. The ‘LEM’ stall offers a range of beautiful macrame wedding backdrop products, home decor supplies like macrame wall hangings, hanging chairs …

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Fashionable People Spotted at the Hornbill Festival 2017 in Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival 2017 kicked off on the 1st of Dec in Kisama, Nagaland – officially welcoming the festive season! Amidst the excitement of the festival goers, the stall operators, the dancers and the tourists from all over the world, we spotted some really well-dressed people in the crowd – making the festival even more colourful!  Check out these fashionable locals spotted at the Hornbill Festival 2017!

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Creating a Space to Promote Kalimpong’s Culture – Meet the Founders of Cafe Kalimpong

“Welcome to the home you never knew you had,” says a writing on a wall of Cafe Kalimpong, the newest addition to a growing number of hipster hangout spots in the tiny tourist town of Kalimpong. Earlier known for its temperate climate, Buddhist temples and traditional handicrafts, Kalimpong is undergoing a silent cafe revolution. A revolution that has set afoot thanks to local entrepreneurs like Praveen Chettri, Navin Chettri and Yawan Rai, young and ambitious owners of Cafe Kalimpong. Tell us a bit about Cafe Kalimpong and its founders. When was it launched? Cafe Kalimpong was launched by the three of us – Praveen Chettri, Navin Chettri and Yawan Rai (me) – on 19th March 2017. “Café Kalimpong” was an obvious choice to name the cafe as our main motive is to promote Kalimpong. Our core idea behind launching this cafe was not just to serve good food but also to create a space to promote Kalimpong by telling stories about our rich history, unique culture and sharing life stories about our beautiful people. What inspired you to launch a cafe?  As …

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How This Young Designer from Ukhrul Is Breaking Through The Clutter In The Fashion Realm | Easternlight Zimik

  “It is said that a person’s personality is reflected through the clothes they wear and that it depicts your true self. Each piece of a clothing has its own story to tell. As a person we wear a different face every day, wherever you go you are a different person and the clothes you wear tell a different story, the real story.” ~Fierce Berry Easternlight Zimik is a fashion designer, illustrator and print designer who draws inspiration from music, poetry and Japanese holistic fashion. Zimik graduated from NIFT, New Delhi and aims to create a voice through his designs where concept meets commercial value. He is currently working as a head designer for a brand called ZINGRIN in Delhi. Tell us a little about yourself. Hi ! I am Easternlight Zimik from Ukhrul, Manipur. I am working as fashion designer, fashion illustrator and print designer. I am in my mid-twenties. I did my graduation from Delhi University and fashion designing at NIFT Delhi. I am currently based in New Delhi working as a head designer for the brand, ZINGRIN. Besides …

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Recipe | Chicken Chutney

  Need a light and hearty meal to cook for lunch today? Here’s your answer. Today, we have a special Chicken Chutney recipe made with simple ingredients you can easily prepare. We hope you enjoy trying this recipe! Prep : 15 mins Cooking time: 40 mins   Ingredients: 1 Kg. chicken (boneless) 3 green chillies 3 pieces of  fermented fish (ngari) 1 inch of young ginger knob 1 small onion 3 cloves of garlic A handful of ginger leaves A handful of coriander leaves Salt to taste Directions to cook : Boil the chicken in a pot for about 30min Dice the boiled chicken into small pieces and keep aside Roast the green chilli on low medium heat Roast the fermented fish on low medium heat  Chop the onion into small pieces Pound the garlic using a mortar and pestle Add the roasted green chilli, ginger, fermented fish and mash it Mix the diced chicken and other ingredients together in a large bowl Add ginger and coriander leaves Salt to taste  Voila!  Your chicken chutney …

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Did We Just Find India’s Answer to Rupi Kaur? | Poet, Writer and Illustrator: Lum Shaiza, Ukhrul, Manipur

  Sunny and bubbly Lum Shaiza is a face that hardly paints the picture of a pensive writer. And yet, her Instagram profile tells us a different story. Shaiza does what probably is the most important aspect of writing: she writes lines that articulate thoughts and feelings that readers have lost in their subconscious. Her work helps readers relate to the world around them, and the sentiments contained within them. Hi, Lum Shaiza. Is that your full name? I go by a few names, although I like to stick with Lum Shaiza and not my full name. Why? because that’s reserved for when my mom gets really mad at me. That’s when she spits out my full name, Lumyangnao Shaiza! – and lightning strikes in the background! I’m a Tangkhul girl from Ukhrul, Manipur and I’m just two months shy of turning 23. I’ve been living in Pune since I was studying in senior high school. I’m still pursuing an MBA here. What developed your interest in the field of writing and why? Personal diaries …