Author: Vilme


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


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.  


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 …


Recipe | Fried Spider with Curry Leaves

Are you feeling adventurous? Have you ever tried eating spiders? We recently tried it and added an Indian twist by incorporating curry leaves into the recipe. Despite some initial hesitation, we found the taste to be surprisingly delicious! Ingredients: (From top left – clockwise): Fresh king chili, bamboo shoot juice, garlic, ginger, curry leaves Ingredients:  3-4 cloves of garlic 3 tablespoons of bamboo shoot juice 1 king chili (bhut jolokia) 250 gms of Spider (here we have used edible spider from the local market) Fresh curry leaves 500 ml water Salt to taste Directions: Add the spiders, the bamboo-shoot juice, and crushed garlic into a saucepan and keep stirring for 3-5 mins Add water and salt, and let it come to a boil. Cook for 20-25 mins When the water is drying out, put in the curry leaves and cook for another 2 mins

Recipe | Dried Yam leaf Gravy

Hello everyone! It’s time for another recipe – and today we are sharing an authentic gravy dish of the Ao Nagas, which goes by the name ‘Mi-ya-sü En-chu’. This dish is generally had with rice as a curry (just like dal). Ingredients 1 cake of dried yam (Anishe: cooked yam stems and leaves, dried in the sun) 4 green chillies 1 large potato – peeled and cut into 4 pieces 1 medium tomato Some dried local spring onions (We call it Khuve in Nagaland) 500 ml of water Salt to taste Preparation Before you start cooking, make sure you soak the yam leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes to soften and clean. Directions to cook: Put all the ingredients in a deep pot. Break the anishe (yam cake) into 2 or 3 pieces with your hands, and add them to the pot. Add water and salt. Cover and let it cook till the ingredients are soft enough to be mashed. Mash the chillies, tomatoes, potato an the anishe with a masher. Put it back to the pot, and add more …


Recipe | Naga Style Crab Dish

During the rainy season, we get a lot crabs –  fresh from the small streams and river we have around us [in Nagaland] . So  today we would like to share a simple crab recipe. So next time you catch hold some fresh crabs, do try this out. Before you start the preparation, make sure you soak the crab (especially if you buy them alive) in hot boiling water for about 10 minutes. After this, wash them with cold water 2 to 3 times.  Ingredients you’ll need:  Fresh river crabs ( 15-20 crabs) 8 red dry chillies 4 tablespoons of fresh bamboo shoot juice 5 gloves of garlic 1 small ginger 1 handful of spring onion finely chopped 750 ml of water Salt to taste Directions to Cook: After the crabs are washed thoroughly, place them in a deep saucepan /wok. Put all the ingredients together and cook till all the water has been absorbed. Usually 30-35 minutes. Serve with rice, Naga style.


Recipe | Let’s Cook Pomfret Naga Style

Who likes fish? Pomfrets anyone? That is what we are cooking today. We generally bake it or pan fry the whole fish but today we are going to show you a slightly different version – a healthy, simple and very easy  one. Just make sure that you buy a fresh  pomfret from the local market. Ingredients you need: 1 large Tomato 4 tablespoon of fresh bamboo shoot juice 5 gloves of garlic (crushed) 6 green chillies – chopped 3-4 leaves of basil 1 medium sized pomfret fish 250 ml of water Salt to taste How to prepare the fish Remove all the scales with the help of a sharp knife. The areas to look for particularly are the belly, the edges and the fins. Clean thoroughly by rinsing with water and finally Slice it up into equal sizes. Directions to cook Put all the ingredients together in a medium sized pot, and cook until the water dry out. Usually takes 30-35 mins Sprinkle roughly chopped basil leaves on top, and let it simmer and cool Serve with steamed rice. Tip: Best to have …


Recipe | Simple Snail and Pork Dish

Today we have one very simple recipe for you to try. Here we go! Ingredients you will need : 1 large Tomato 6-8 Green Chilly (Depends on how spicy you want) 1/2 kilo of fresh pork 1/2 kilo of snail 750 ml of water 5 clove of garlic 3-4″ ginger Cleaning the Snails: After buying the fresh snails from the market, make sure you keep them in a bucket of water for about 3 days. Keep changing the water everyday. This way, the snail will clean enough to be cooked 🙂 Directions to Cook: Put all the ingredients together in a deep pot and cook until the meat is tender which would take about 30-45 minutes. Add more water incase you want some light gravy. How to eat the Snails? Suck in through the pointed edge (which is the snail head) and then turn around to the wide open end (opposite side) and suck in again. Did you know? Not only are they delicious (they really are!), but they also have serious superfood potential -as …


Recipe of Pork in Blood Stew – a Delicacy in Nagaland

Today, we’re excited to share a dish featuring an ingredient that transcends cultural boundaries and is savored by many: pork blood. Across the globe, this unique ingredient finds its way into various culinary traditions, creating mouthwatering delicacies. In Nagaland, it takes the form of a savory stew, where pork innards are cooked in a rich, dark gravy enriched with pig blood, and we call it Aai Choo (in Ao lingo), we call it Aai Choo In the Philippines, it delights taste buds as Dinuguan, while in Guam, it is relished as Fritada. And let’s not forget Europe, where the famous black pudding takes center stage—a delectable black sausage made with pork, dried pig’s blood, pork fat, and an array of spices. Join us as we learn how to make this super delish pork dish! Pork innards cooked in a rich, dark gravy enriched with pig blood. We call it “Aai Choo” (in Ao lingo) in Nagaland Ingredients : 1 1/2 kilogram Pork Intestine and Pork 7-8 Cloves of Garlic Dried Red Chilly medium size Ginger a handful …


Naga Dish | Stewed Chicken in Bamboo Shoot

It’s already Friday, and what better way to kick off the weekend than by trying out something new in your kitchen? We have a super simple recipe challenge for you! Meet Vilme, a loving husband and father who enjoys cooking at home. He takes charge of most of the cooking duties, with his wife assisting him by chopping ingredients and cleaning the dishes afterward. In many Naga households, it’s common to see men actively participating in kitchen chores and cooking. Today he shares a super simple chicken recipe that is a favorite with his family – Chicken stew with bamboo shoots. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, cut roughly into 1″ pieces 5 cloves of garlic 5 dried red chilies 2″ – 3″ ginger 1 medium-sized tomato 1/2 teaspoon of Ajinomoto salt 3 tablespoons of bamboo shoot juice A handful of chives or spring onions Salt to taste Directions: Cut the Chicken into medium-sized pieces. Place the chicken in a large pot and add water. Cover pot and bring it to boil for 15 mins Add the …