Month: December 2019

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#Recipe | Khuvie Chutney Made With Tomato & Meat

Whenever you’re in a hurry but need to prepare a meal, simply make this spicy and tasteful Khuvie chutney. This simple recipe is a lifesaver for most people who don’t have enough time to cook extravagant dishes. The ‘Khuvie Chutney’ is a well known chutney and is mostly enjoyed with simple dishes like dal, or boiled curries. Read below to learn how to make the it. Ingredients you’ll need : 1 or more King Chilli (depending on your spice intake) 1 tree tomato 4-5 stalks of spring onions (khuvie) Shredded dried meat Salt to taste Directions to make : You can either roast the tree tomato or keep it raw. If you choose to roast it, roast the tree tomato over the stove, or the fireplace. Do not let it burn or over roast it. Keep it slightly raw, so that you get its flavour. Shred the dried meat into pieces and keep it in a bowl. Cut the spring onions into slightly smaller pieces. Crush the King Chilli with the added salt, until it …

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Keduoneinuo Solo, a Budding Writer From Kohima, Nagaland Talks About Her Passion For Writing

“Because I have seen so much regression, there is nothing I want more than progress. And I learnt that progress starts with the self.” Meet Keduoneinuo, a budding writer and the author of My Dream Girl. She credits her love for writing to reading. She started reading early on and was influenced by the writings of the likes of Mark Twain and Anne Frank. Her book is about transitioning into a powerful and beautiful woman, who she calls her dream girl. We had a little chat with Keduoneinuo today to see what she had to say on her working style and her latest book “My Dream Girl”.  Hello Keduoneinuo. Please introduce yourself. My name is Keduoneinuo Solo. I am 26 years old and I am currently pursuing my Master of Education (M.Ed.) at Nagaland University. I grew up in the heart of Kohima Village. Introduce us to your work. What initially sparked your interest in this field? I don’t exactly recall the first time I started writing poetry, or when I first started writing at …

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Wojanbeni Yanthan, a Talented DIY Creator from Patkai, Nagaland, Shares Her Story

“We all have enormous potential in us, which can be unlocked when we allow ourselves to see the limitless in our limitations, the opportunities in our difficulties, the awesomeness in our uniqueness, and the possibilities in our impossibilities based on the simple truth that you and I are wonderfully made.” Wojanbeni, the creator of Homemish Crafts and Designs, believes in the art of DIY, and has a strong passion and affinity for creating things using her own hands. She talks to us about what made her pick this art up and how she is teaching other people the same. Scroll down for the full interview. Hello Wojanbeni. Please tell us something about yourself? Hi! I’m Dr. Wojanbeni S. Yanthan, an Assistant Professor by profession, a mother of two, and an avid DIY (Do it yourself) enthusiast. Born in the hills of Wokha and raised in Kohima, Dimapur, Jorhat, Bangalore, Kathmandu (Nepal) and now settled in the foothills of Patkai (Nagaland).I  have been blessed with one enriching upbringing. Growing up in different places and experiencing diverse …

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Meet Medophreno Shunyu, a Talented Sketch Artist From Kohima, Nagaland

Medophreno, from Kohima, is a self-taught sketch artist. Starting as early as when she was in 2nd grade, she’s honed her skills through rigorous and passionate practice. Her forte is sketching portraits but she enjoys experiment with different genres such as calligraphy as well. Talking about her work, she says, “through my art, I hope people see that we human beings are God’s masterpiece and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Art has been a for of inspiration since her childhood, and she hopes her art can inturn, inspire people. Medophreno had a talk with us about her artworks. Read the full interview below. Hello Medophreno. Can you tell us a litle bit about yourself? My name is Medophreno Shunyii. I am 26 years old from Kohima, Nagaland. If I were to describe myself then it’ll be in just two simple words – an ambivert and an optimist. And I’m also a big foodie. I’m trying to make a career in the teaching field. Until then, I’m doing a lot of things I like, art being …

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Gugu Kuotsu, Owner of Gutouch Restaurant In Kohima, Gives You A Touch of Authentic Naga Dishes

The Gutouch Cafe is a cute eaterie in Kohima Town with an aesthetic setting, adding to the ambiance of the eestaurant. The place is famous for its Galho and has been the talk of the town for awhile. We decided to have a little chat with the founder of the restaurant, Gugu Kuotsu to get more insight on her restaurant. Hello Gugu. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am Gugu Kuotsu from Kohima. I am the founder of the Gutouch restaurant. I also have a jewelry  brand named Gutouch, which features both traditional and fusion made jewelries. When was the cafe launched? The cafe was launched just last year in the month of September 2018. What is the story behind the brand name? Well, the name of the Cafe was suggested by my friends like Mengu Suokhrie, Onent Nenty and Athe Rhi, since I already have a brand name Gutouch, a jewellery brand. My love for food and the very idea of letting people get a taste of our Naga food ultimately …

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Moments & Events Captured At Hornbill Festival 2019!

To add to this festive time of the year, Nagaland hosts its famous Hornbill Festival to celebrate music, art, food, and culture. Started 8 years ago, every year the festival brings with it a different experience for attendees. The vibrance, the enthusias and the energy only increase with every new edition of the festival, and 2019 was no exception!  The ambience and the enthralling feeling of being at the festival is unmatched. Today, we bring to you some of our favourite moments and sights from the festival. Brew your tea, sit back and take a look at these beautiful shots that sum up Hornbill ’19. The festival wraps up tomorrow, make sure you drop by!  You can find different varieties of handicrafts to choose from. Morungs from different tribes of Nagaland. In case you’ve missed the fun, don’t worry. There’s still a day left, so hurry up and get to Kisama before you get a case of FOMO!

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Catching up with Uday Benegal of Indus Creed During The Band’s Visit to Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival 2019

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”~ Rob Sheffield We all have unique relationships with our music – as creators, and as listeners. For folks in Nagaland, music is a huge part of growing up, with almost every activity that has shaped the individual involving some form of music – from singing in the choir to waking up to country music playing across the hall, to jamming to rock music to bonding with family over a bonfire and a guitar, music runs in the life and blood of the Nagas. That being said, music performances are a huge part of the most prominent festival in Nagaland – the Hornbill Festival, which happens every year from Dec 1 to 10, with a host of music …

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#RECIPE| Learn How To Make Traditional Naga Maize Tea

In the cold winters, all we need is a warm cup of tea to ease the chilly weather, right? We have the perfect tea recipe right here. The maize tea is enjoyed by the Naga people and is mostly served when a visitor comes by. It is also a famous drink in village gatherings or meetings, enjoyed by both the young and old alike, and is popularised by the Chakhesang tribe of Nagaland. Learn how to make the maize tea: Ingredients you’ll need: Pounded maize Sugar (optional)  Water Directions to cook: Pound the maize. You can find pounded maize in the market as well. Adjust the water quantity according to how sticky you want the Maize tea to be. Less quantity of water, will make the tea more sticky and more quantity of water will give a thinner texture. You can add sugar to the tea in order for the tea to be sweet. Boil the pounded maize until it is fully cooked. After the maize is tender you can turn the stove off. Be …

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Koko Yiese, Owner Of The Multi-Cuisine ‘Meet Up’ Cafe, Talks About Running A Restaurant & More

With new eateries opening each week in Nagaland, offering new delicious meals, The Meet Up is one such restaurant which serves authentic Korean and Chinese cuisines. The restaurant also lets you have fellowships, gatherings or prayer meetings free of cost. This makes the restaurant a special place not only to try their delicious food, but also for a good ol’ gathering! We met up with Koko Yiese, the owner of the restaurant to have a little chat! Head to the link in bio or below to read the interview.  Hi Koko. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Hello. I am Koko Yiese, a 30 year old food enthusiast, and the founder of The Meet Up. I live in Kohima, Nagaland. Ever since I was in my early teens, I was very fond of cooking and learning new cuisines, but I never saw myself becoming a ‘foodpreneur’. However, the love for the art of cooking led me to Korea to learn about the Korean cuisines and I learned from home cooks about the basics …

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Chef Elna Yepthomi Talks About Her Journey From Nagaland to Australia & Her Love For Mixing Art With Food

Elna Yepthomi’s journey to becoming a chef at one of the well-known clubs in Canberra, Australia, is somewhat of an inspiration. “Much like any other art form, culinary art–the art of cooking–requires practice, sacrifice, and devotion,” says Elna. Originally from Nagaland, she studied Hotel Management from Kolkata and went on to learn cheffing at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Australia.  Her experiences with cooking have taught her much about life and art. In her attempts to make a mark in the culinary world, she has harbored a deeper love for her Naga culture and food. “Being a Naga chef and proudly representing the Nagas, I do see the influence of my roots. Majority of the international chefs have little knowledge about our local ingredients. This gives me the opportunity to promote our Naga food here,” says Elna. We spoke to her about her love affair with food, and how she decided to carve out a path for herself in this field. Hi, please tell us something about yourself! I am Elna Yepthomi, a Naga …