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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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#RECIPE | Naga Dish – Smoked Pork With Intestines And Ginger Leaves – by Khevito Elvis Lee

Today’s delicious dish is contributed by Khevito Elvis Lee from Nagaland. He has used the combination of pork intestine and smoked pork, to infuse some of that extra smokey flavour. Ginger leaves are added to enhance the taste and aroma of the dish. Without further delay, let’s find out the ingredients of this yummy winter dish and get to prepping it for our own homemade meal! This recipe for Naga smoked pork with intestines and ginger leaves by Khevito is an aromatic, wholesome and hearty dish for a warm winter meal. Ingredients : 1-2 long pieces smoked pork Fresh pork intestine 1 teaspoon chili powder 6-7 dry chilies Naga ginger leaves 2 small pieces of ginger two small pieces chopped 6 -7 garlic cloves Around 2 pinch of Schezwan pepper powder (Khevito uses the Naga pepper which is called ‘mitchinga’) Salt to taste Preparation of the Pork Intestine : First clean the intestine thoroughly with lukewarm water, salt and lemon and rinse at least 7 to 8 times. This is to remove the smell. Boil the intestine …

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Top Five Places You Need To Visit in Dimapur, Nagaland This December During Hornbill Festival, 2018.

One of the most exciting events of the Hornbill Festival Nagaland is the Hornbill International Music Festival, which is going to happen in Dimapur. The music festival is scheduled for December 1st to 10th with an interesting line up of local bands, K-pop, EDM, Rock, Blues, and Christian Music.  So while you are here in town for the music festival, we have put together a list of our favorite hangout spots to visit in Dimapur. We must admit, however, that it was a difficult task as we have all sorts of interesting eateries and hangout places opening up every other day in this bustling town – which means, we will have more such lists coming out regularly. For now, here’s our TOP FIVE eateries at the moment. Make sure you check out these places this December during the Hornbill festival! 1. ILI-AH restaurant Location : Aiko Greens, Purana Bazaar, near Zion Hospital, Dimapur. ILI-AH restaurant is the perfect place for leisure, a place for family and dear friends, a place where time slows down, for overdue and long conversations. A place …

Top Five Cafes And Spots You Need To Visit In Kohima, Nagaland this December During Hornbill Festival 2018

Kohima is the hilly capital city of India’s northeastern state of Nagaland. It is an ideal place to have a memorable and peaceful vacation. While summer here is tropical, winter is dry and bitterly cold. So, we suggest you to prepare with thick and warm clothes when you visit Kohima next month during the much awaited Hornbill Festival 2018. Today, we are happy to guide you to some of the top places to visit this December. How to reach Kohima :  NST run buses from Dimapur to Kohima and the 75 km long road journey takes around 4 hours. Taxis are also available in the taxi stand beside the Dimapur Railway Station. Dimapur is well connected to the rest of India by rail, bus and air services. Top Five ‘CAFES’ To Visit in Kohima : 1. Cafe “Sorshia & Co.” Sorshia & Co. is located at Belho Complex, P.R.HILL Kohima. It is a cosy space that welcomes you with love and genuine hospitality that makes you feel like it’s home. Some specials from their menu include the stir-fried …

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#RECIPE | Manipuri Dish – Spicy Fermented Pork with Escargot (Tharoi) .

Pork is one of northeast India’s most favourite meats. Whether it is smoked, fermented or cooked fresh, either way it tastes wonderful. Today, our contributor Thanyo Lungleng, a Tangkhul naga from Manipur shares the recipe for her version of “Spicy fermented pork with escargot”. The dish contains our favourite combination – fermented pork and escargot. It can never go wrong! One traditional cooking advice my mother always gave me was to always add the chili powder and ginger paste at the beginning of cooking and add the garlic paste seconds before turning off the heat. This really enhances the flavour and aroma of the dish.” – Thanyo Lungleng. Thanyo shares her recipe for a special dry dish, Spicy Fermented Pork and Escargot. Ingredients : A big piece of homemade fermented pork Escargot (Tharoi in Manipuri) Wild/long cilantro Ginger ground to a paste Garlic ground to a paste Chili powder (from Sirarakhong village, Ukhrul district) and salt to taste. Ingredients for Thanyo’s spicy fermented pork and escargot dish (L-R): Escargot, fermented pork, ginger, garlic, long cilantro, chili powder and …

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A Chat With Mahelal Pukhrambam, Owner of Cafe “Steamin Mug” in Imphal – Famous for Its Cosy Space and Perfect Coffee

Cafes and restaurants are gradually sprouting up in almost every corner of Imphal city in Manipur. Besides the menu, it’s also the little creative touches that the owners put into the space to make the ambiance attractive to customers. As is rightly said, “a cozy cafe is pretty much an ultimate happy place”, cafe Steamin Mug in Imphal radiates a super comfy and friendly vibe. It’s the perfect place to dissapear for a couple of hours for a well deserved coffee break, away from the busy or the mundane everyday life. Today, we chat with the owner of Cafe “Steamin Mug” Mahelal Pukhrambam, who is an enthusiastic chef, curious traveler and a football fanatic from Manipur. Read on to know more about him, his life and his cafe. Hello Mahelal! Tell us a little about yourself. Hello R&L! My name is Mahelal Pukhrambam from Manipur and I am the owner of “Steamin Mug” cafe. I am currently residing in Imphal but I have spent most of my adolescent age in Delhi. I am an enthusiastic chef, curious traveler, …

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Meet Pito Kiba, A Hard-Working And Passionate Baker From Nagaland And His Advice On Following Your Dreams

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it”. -Buddha We first met Pito Kiba, 2 years ago in 2016. He shared with R&L all about the series of phases he went through in his life while discovering his dreams. Being confident and sure about his career and skills as a professional baker has brought him to where he is today. Pito has come a long way since our first chat and doing what he loves only makes him work harder and better. Let’s find out about everything he’s been up to ever since our last meeting. 28-year-old Pito Kiba from Dimapur, Nagaland is a passionate home baker who runs his own baking business under the name, “That Baker Kiba”. Hi Pito! It’s a pleasure to have you back with us after two good years! Tell us what you have been up to since our last chat. Hello R&L, thank you for having me back again. Since we last spoke, over the past few years, I have been able to cater …

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#RECIPE | Potato Lovers Will Love This Popular South Indian Dish – “Aloo 65”

  It is said that there are more than 4000 varieties of potatoes in the world, and is the fifth most important crop worldwide. Numbers and facts aside, how many of us here are potato lovers? Don’t we agree that most meals would be incomplete in the absence of potatoes? Irrespective of which culture we come from, potatoes are an important ingredient in most kitchens.  Today, we have a popular South Indian dish – Aloo 65 – contributed by Abhishek from Nepal. It is inspired by the world famous Chicken 65, a spicy deep fried chicken dish. Abhishek uses potatoes instead of chicken so that his vegetarian friends can also enjoy the yummy spices and crispy texture. Let’s find out how to prepare this dish! Aloo 65 is the vegetarian version of the world-famous South Indian dish, Chicken 65. It’s crunchy, spicy and deep fried so it’s bound to be ever so comforting at any time of the day, as a quick mid-day snack or side dish to a homemade thali. Ingredients : 5-6 potatoes, boiled …

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A Chat with Rashingam Ngoruh, Wedding Photographer And Owner of “Cafe Timber” Imphal

With Northeast India fast becoming a traveler’s hotspot, leisure and business activities in the region are picking up visibly. Especially with the young enterprising folks leading from the front, there is certainly much more excitement, creativity and noise – which is definitely a good thing! Amongst these new age activities, eating out is fast becoming a favorite past time, which is a drastic change from earlier days, where meeting with friends was usually limited to the house or the neighborhood. Imphal, the capital city of Manipur has seen a host of interesting food ventures with an aim to introduce global cuisines to the local folks, and authentic traditional fare to travelers from outside. Add to that, the creative minds of the young local entrepreneurs – and the ever demanding consumers, the cafe and restaurant ecosystem is fast becoming as interesting as is competitive. Today we chat with a young food entrepreneur cum photographer, who runs a cafe called “Timber Cafe” in Imphal, which is known for their simple and tasteful interiors and food.  Today we chat …

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Recipe | Manipuri Black Sticky Rice Kheer

Sticky rice kheer is a home-made dessert dish, usually taken as an afternoon meal in North East India. Local folks generally make this sweet dish during the winter and rainy seasons. This version of sticky rice kheer is from Manipur, and is made with a mixture of both black and white sticky rice (can be done without mixing too), milk, cardamom, bayleaf and some dry nuts. You can buy black sticky rice on Roots and Leisure Shop HERE. Manipuri Sticky Rice Kheer Ingredients : A bowl of sticky rice – both black and white in equal proportion A glass of milk Two tablespoons of sugar Dry coconuts and almond Cardamom – 2-4 pieces Bayleaf Mixture of black and white sticky rice. Flavoring ingredients (Clockwise from Left) : Dry coconut, Cardamom Bayleaf and Almonds Directions to Cook: Saute the dry coconut, bay leaf and cardamons with two tbsps of butter in a cooker (where the kheer is going to be made) Wash the sticky rice (2-3 times) and put the rice into the cooker Pour (250ml) …

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Roots & Leisure Team Tours Wokha District in Nagaland to Cover “Tokhü Emong” Festival and Welcome The Famous Migratory Birds Amur Falcons

“Tokhü Emong” is a post-harvest festival which is celebrated by the Lotha tribes in Nagaland. This year, the founders of Roots and Leisure will be traveling to Wokha district (home of the Lotha tribes) in Nagaland. We will be experiencing the festival first-hand and will take all our readers along for the ride – Tune in for LIVE video coverage from the tour and the festival on our Instagram page. This year, the festival starts from the 5th of November and goes on till the 7th of November at Wokha, Nagaland. It will host various local indigenous fun games like fire making, traditional karting, yodelling and more – with local Naga bands like De Band, Tune Up Channel from Mokokchung and more performing at the evening function.  Banner set up for Tokhü Emong Festival in Wokha, Nagaland. | Photo by wethenagas Tune Up Channel, rock band from Mokokchung will be playing at Tokhü Emong Festival | Photo taken from Indihut Another exciting thing about this tour is the “Amur Falcon Festival” which will be happening this week from …