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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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Recipe of Galho – Yummy Rice Dish from Nagaland

Naga people love their rice  – especially when it’s in the form of ‘Galho’, which is mix dish made of rice, vegetables and various meats. The Angami tribe are the original creators of this dish, which is now a popular local favorite.  Our friend Kesang shares the recipe of this popular dish – straight from her kitchen. Ingredients: Pumpkin/squash leaves (or any green leafy vegetable) Rice (200 grams) 1 tablespoon of Axone (Fermented Soyabean) Salt to taste Smoked Beef/Pork (1 kg) Green chillies Water (200 ml) Directions to cook : Put water, axone and ground green chillies into a pot and cook it for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste. Next, add chopped (into 1/2″ cubes) smoked beef/pork into the pot and cook it for another 45 minutes or more until the meat becomes tender Put in the rice. Add in more water if required. After the rice is almost done, add the chopped greens Let it simmer for 5-7 mins, and turn off the gas. Add more salt if needed Serve hot. Contributed by By …

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Recipe | Egg Curry With Brown Onions

  Today we are sharing the recipe of the most popular ‘egg curry’ – straight from a Naga kitchen. Anyone who is looking for a quick and wholesome homemade meal, this may be your tastiest option yet.  So let’s get cooking!  Ingredients: Mustard oil (as required) 3 eggs 2 medium size onions (thinly sliced) 1 medium tomato (Sliced) 1 capsicum (sliced) 100 gms curd 2 tablespoons of ghee 2 tsps Black pepper powder 2 tsps turmeric powder 1 tsp sugar 1 tablespoon of ginger paste 2 tsps veg masala Directions to Cook: Pour some oil in a pan, and lightly fry the boiled eggs (whole). After 2-3 mins, take out the eggs Heat the mustard oil in a pan, and put the sliced capsicums and tomatoes, and stir them well until soft. Take them out and make it into a paste Now add the curd, turmeric powder, vegetable masala, tomato  & capsicum paste, ghee and sugar. Mix them well Add the slighly fried boiled eggs, and season with salt and pepper Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes In another pan, heat …

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Recipe | Indian Arrowroot Flower Chutney – Naga Style

We bet you are going to love this unique yet simple chutney recipe today at lunch, made with arrowroot flowers and raja mircha. INGREDIENTS: Two medium sized potatoes Axone (fermented soya bean) 8-11 cloves of garlic Indian arrow root flower 6-8 cherry tomatoes 2 king chillies Salt to taste DIRECTIONS TO COOK: Boil water in a pot and put all the ingredients except the arrowroot flower Clean the arrowroot flowers under running water, and shred them into thin strips and put it in the pot – along with the other ingredients Boil until the water dries up. Once the water is dried up, take out the ingredients and mash them together Add salt to taste, and mix well Chutney is ready to be served. Serve with Rice Contributed by Rokonuo

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Recipe | Pennywort Salad – Naga Style

Any fans of Pennywort leaves? It’s known to be a medicinal plant – native to India and China, and is consumed across Asia especially India, Burma, Thailand. In Nagaland as well, the local people make salads out of these leaves. So today, we are sharing a salad recipe made with Pennywort leaves mixed with peanuts. Ingredients you’ll need: 200 grams of Indian Pennywort leaves 100 grams of peanuts 5-10 Green chillies 2 medium sized onions. 6-8 Cherry tomatoes. Salt to taste. Directions: Wash the pennywort leaves in running water, and make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned. Heat the pan and put a little oil and fry the peanuts for a minute or two. Chop the leaves into small pieces (1”) and keep them aside Finely chop the onions, chilies and tomatoes Next, grind the peanuts. Do not make it too fine – keep it coarse Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix it well. Add salt (as per your taste) The salad is ready to be served.   Serve the fresh salad with any …

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Naga Recipe | Smoked Pork Stew with Kidney Beans

Here’s another favorite from Vilme’s kitchen. It’s a thick stew made with smoked pork and local kidney beans, and is often had with rice. INGREDIENTS (Serves 2) ~300 gms of smoked pork meat 3-4 pieces of fresh bamboo shoot 3 dried red chillies 2-3 fresh green chillies 2″ ginger 5 cloves of garlic 1 cup kidney beans* sokaked overnight (*from local market in Nagaland) 500 ml of water Salt to taste PREPARING THE INGREDIENTS As pointed above, kidney beans to be soaked in water overnight Clean the smoked pork thoroughly with  lukewarm water, and then cut them into 2″ – 3″ cubes Make a paste out of the ginger and garlic DIRECTIONS TO COOK Put all the ingredients in a pressure cooker, and cook for 6 whistles – or until the meat is tender and the beans are cooked well If the chillies are still whole, you can take out and mash them and put them back. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with rice

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Recipe | Mackerel Tin Fish in Bamboo Shoot

Hello! This recipe is for all the busy ones who need to fix a simple yet delicious meal in 15 minutes. So make sure you try this tin fish recipe for your dinner, next time. INGREDIENTS 1 tin / can of fish (we have used mackerel for this dish) 5 cloves of garlic 5 dried red chilly 1 medium sized onion 3 tablespoons of bamboo shoot 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 1 cup of water DIRECTION TO COOK Heat the oil in a pan. Saute the onions and chillies Mash the garlic and toss them into the pan and fry until light golden brown Pour the canned fish (along with the brine), into the pan. Add bamboo shoot and water Cook on low flame till the water dries up Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice.  

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ML 05 Cafe Shillong | A Biker’s Retreat Nestled in the Lap of Nature

Dear readers, are you ready to discover your next favorite hangout spot? Well, why not?! This cafe in Shillong is a perfect retreat/haven for bikers and travelers passing along – custom-themed for the love of sports and bikes, and we just can’t stop harping about it!   We spent a cozy evening at ML 05 Cafe, a new concept cafe in Upper Shillong that celebrates cars, bikes, and food right beside a pine forest, tastefully designed to muse over a motor head’s passion for the road and love for bikes. The young cafe has only begun operations in May last year (2016) and has been attracting a huge mass of people from all across the region. Nestled amidst the lap of nature and hills,  it’s the sort of a cafe that seems like a perfect spot for a wild escape from one’s bustling urban life. We had a tete-a-tete with Vatsala Tibrewalla, who manages the cafe along with her brother Deval Tibrewalla, who also co-owns the Dylan’s Cafe with her. What sprouted the idea of ML 05 cafe …

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Dry Fish Chutney with King Chilli – Assamese Style

Have you ever tried Dry Fish? It’s smell might be a little too intense for most people, but give us a chance here. The chutney recipe that we are going to share today, might just change your taste buds and your opinion about the (smelly) dry fish! This chutney is made with king chilli preserved in mustard oil, dried fish and roasted tomato. It’s a very popular in the Northeast region, and is usually had as a side dish.  Photo courtesy: Ashapurna Phukan (@ashaphukan) Ingredients you’ll need: 20 gms of Dry Fish 1 medium-sized tomato 1 onion  1-inch of ginger  4-5 cloves of garlic 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder 1 tsp of King or Ghost chili – infused in mustard oil Salt to taste Note: Infused chilli oil is made my preserving oil (preferably mustard) and King/Ghost chillies together in a glass jar/container. Place the container in a warm and dry place for a couple of days, until it’s ready to be consumed. Directions to cook: Roast the dry fish in a frying pan for 5 minutes …

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Recipe | Crispy Pork with Bamboo Shoot Juice

Another easy recipe for the R&L readers from our in-house chef/recipe contributor : Mr Vilme. It’s a pork dish, which he made last evening for a bunch of his friends coming over for dinner. Vilme made this dish using very simple ingredients – which was a mix of Naga and oriental spices and sauces, and the result was delicious! Check out the full recipe below: INGREDIENTS 400 gms of fresh Pork (with good amount of fat) 1 large Onion 7 gloves of Garlic 1 medium Ginger 3 green chillies – cut into vertical slits 2 tbsp of Soya Sauce 2 tbsp of Bamboo shoot juice 500 ml of water 3-4 tablespoons of oil Salt to taste DIRECTIONS TO COOK A. Cooking the Pork Cut the pork into big 3-4 chunks; put the pork pieces into a deep vessel – along with water, bamboo shoot juice and salt to taste Cover and cook till the pork pieces are tender – but not fully cooked Open the lid and let it cool B. Preparing the Crispy Pork Slices Cut the …

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This Cafe in Shillong is Bringing Bob Dylan’s Music Back with a Twist

Shillong, a beautiful city unsurprisingly known as ‘Scotland of the East’, has also grown up to become India’s ‘Rock Capital’. As a city that hosts a line of international concerts and music festivals every year, Shillong is home to a lot of talented musicians (Tipriti Kharbangar and Rudy Wallang anyone?) and music lovers alike. Music runs in the heart of the city and love for rock music especially is shared passionately among both the young and old. So, in a city where musicians are worshipped as Gods and music seeps through all aspects of life, one is bound to encounter little nooks and corners that revel in good music alone. Today, at R&L, we introduce you to one such amazing local venture that pays special tribute to eminent musician & poet, Bob Dylan. Set in a quiet neighbourhood right next to St Edmund’s school, Dylan’s Cafe, is aiming to reinvigorate Dylan’s memory among local enthusiasts. Needless to say, we couldn’t help but find out what the buzz was all about. We spoke with Vatsala Tibrewalla, …