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#Recipe | Masor Tenga – An Assamese Style Cooked Tangy Tomato Fish Curry

Today we present to you a delicately flavored & light fish curry from Assam by one of our Recipe Contributors – Puravee Bordoloi (@puraveebordoloi). Tenga, as it means sour, is added by using different souring agents like, elephant apple, mangosteen, lemon, tomato, jujube, fermented bamboo shoot, different leafy veggies, etc. Other seasonal veggies like gourds, yam, taro root, cauliflower, potatoes etc. go along with it and make a perfect dish. Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes Ingredients: 6-8 pcs of Rohu fish 3 large cut ripe tomatoes 1 medium sized chopped onion 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds or five spices 3 chopped green chilies 1 tbsp of Turmeric powder 4 tbsp of Mustard oil 1 glass of lukewarm water Salt to taste Fresh coriander leaves for garnish Method: Marinate the fish with salt and turmeric powder. Heat oil in a pan; fry both sides of the fish and keep them aside. Do not over fry Set the flame on medium. Add fenugreek or the five spices in that hot oil and let it splutter Now add the …

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#Recipe | Boroila Fish Cooked With Khutora Xaak And Cherry Tomatoes

Today we have a refreshing and light fish curry from one of our favorite Recipe Contributors Geeta. The small fresh water Boroila fish when cooked with khutora xaak, a variety of Amaranthus and tangy cherry tomatoes, tastes the best when the weather becomes all dry. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes Ingredients: 250 grams of Boroila fish 250 grams of khutora xaak or green amaranthus 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds 6 garlic pods 1 tsp of mustard oil 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder 2 cups of water Salt to taste Method: Roughly chop the khutora leaves and keep it aside Heat a tsp of mustard oil in a wok, add half tsp of fenugreek seeds or methi seeds to it and let it splutter Add a few pods of garlic, add the khutora leaves and sauté it Add turmeric and salt to taste Add the cherry tomatoes and sauté for around 5 minutes. Smash the tomatoes with a spatula during this process Now add 2 cups of water and let it boil Lastly, add Boroila fish to the …

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Learn The Art Of Sketching Faces From Daksha Salam

A journey of art to profession. A journey of realization of how art has transformed him to be passionate about sketching faces of people. Today we present to you a soft conversation with Daksha Salam (@dksha__) – a Textile Student from National Institute of Design who believes change is natural. Share a little detail about yourself and what you have been up to? My name is Daksha Salam and I’m 22 years old – a student of Textiles from the National Institute of Design. I am a Meitei, born in Imphal and grew up in Assam and I love cats. What initially sparked your interest in this field? I’ve always loved to create, since I was a child. I remember when I would get bored of using fabrics, I would use scraps like old tires and balloons and make dresses and garments for the Barbie dolls. This helped me to extend my imagination of playing with dolls to another new level. I slowly branched out into other forms of creating art as I grew older – …

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A Recipe of Tekeli Pitha from the Kitchen of Assam

Tekeli or keteli pitha are rice cakes from Assam. They are called so because they are made by steaming them in a kettle (tekeli) lid. Traditionally a winter food (but great to have all year round), this is my favorite comfort food of all times, something I’ve been requesting for breakfast and evening snack since childhood.  Today’s recipe is submitted by Pari Hazarika (@flavourpalate). A dreamer with a head full of recipes, color palettes and a grubby feet prickling to take off to the next promising place to explore. Cooking time: 10-12 minutes Servings: 4-5 pitha on a medium sized kettle lid Ingredients: 1 cup short grained rice 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut 1/2 cup date palm jaggery (khejur gur) 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional) You will also need a kettle and two pieces of muslin, cheesecloth or other fine cloth suitable for culinary purposes. Method: Soak the rice for 2-4 hours, then spread it out on a newspaper. When the excess water has dried off, grind it as finely as possible Fill half …

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Recipe | Ruby Red Roselle Jam

“I got a good batch of red roselle from my terrace garden itself. Apart from cooking various dishes , I made this beautiful tangy sweet jam from the roselles . Goes great with bread ,rotis and even in tarts” ~  Geeta (@geeta_4u) Geeta’s yummy roselle jam  recipe is given below. Ingredients: 1kg of Red Roselle Sugar to taste A table spoon of vinegar Directions to cook: Remove the red outer covering from the fruit All the red part is then boiled in a large vessel with water Once the water starts to boil ,it becomes ruby red Add equal amount of sugar and keep stirring continuously Remove the foam which forms at the top with a laddle Keep stirring for almost 45 mins The red petals will become mushy . (Optional to keep it if you want the mushy consistency) Add the vinegar The liquid will become dark red in colour and thick in consistency The jam is ready Let it cool Store it in clean , dry bottles .

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The Tea Story Brings the Essence of Tea Bistros Together in Easy Style | Guwahati

  With its menu brimming with fresh and creative varieties of tea, The Tea Story is a cozily-designed space at Guwahati to take a breather from the everyday stresses of life; devouring damn fine food and tea whilst you’re at it. We speak with the bistro’s young and enthusiastic 27-year-old owner, Deba Pratim Das on how to open a viable tea business in the land of tea estates.  Why did you decide to launch a tea bistro?  I’m Deba Pratim Das and owner of a tea bistro called The Tea Story in Guwahati. I completed my graduation in Hospitality Management from Edinburgh Napier University. I then joined the Marriott Groups of Hotels and Resorts in USA as a F&B Supervisor and worked with them for two years. Coming from the land of tea estates, I have always wanted to learn more and explore the field of tea growing. But I never really got around to carve a path to follow. When I returned to India for pursuing an MBA degree in Hospitality, I had an …

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Recipe | Assamese Style Pork in a Bamboo Tube

Presenting another delectable recipe for all the pork lovers, cooked in the traditional Assamese style using bamboo tubes. The fresh raw essence and aroma of the bamboo gives the dish a very local smoky flavor, with the use of fresh garden herbs, cooked over the traditional Assamese mud stove. So let’s try it out! Pork cooked in bamboo tubes in traditional Assamese style. Ingredients : Pork – 1 kg Ginger- Garlic paste – 3 tbsp A handful of mint leaves Cilantro 3-4 leaves Red chilli (5-6) or king chilli (bhoot jolokia) 1 nos. Salt according to taste Raw bamboo shoot 50-100g (optional) Two bamboo tubes (better if the bamboo is from hilly region) Banana leaves Directions to cook : Chop the pork into medium sized pieces, wash thoroughly and keep it aside. Crush the mint into a paste type consistency. Next, mix the pork with ginger-garlic paste, mint paste, chillies and cilantro and keep aside for 10 mins (bamboo shoot can also be mixed). The marinated pork is now ready to be stuffed inside the …

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Recipe | Easy to Cook Semolina Coconut Barfi

Today’s recipe comes from our reader, Musky. It’s an original recipe of a sweet dish – Coconut Semolina Barfi. A personal favorite of the contributor and one that requires simple ingredients and is hassle free to prepare. So let’s get started! Ingredients: 1 and ½ cups Shredded Coconut 2 cups Semolina 1 cup Sugar 2 and ½ cups Warm Water 3 tablespoons Oil or melted Ghee An array of Dry Fruits (Cashew nuts, dried dates, dried coconut, Kishmish, Almonds) Cherry – for Garnish   Directions to Cook : In a pan, heat the shredded coconut along with half a cup of sugar – until the sugar melts, and the coconut acquires a translucent color. Set it aside. Heat a wok, pour oil and add the semolina. Fry until the semolina turns a golden brown color. Put the flame on low heat, and add the dry fruits and the coconut-sugar mix. Mix it well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Keep stirring continuously. Add another half a cup of the sugar and mix well. Add the warm …

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Recipe | Hot and Sweet Mango Chutney – Assamese Style

Summer is officially here, and mangoes are again making an appearance everywhere. Today, our reader and Creator Musky Miris, wants to share her mother’s specialty, and a household favorite : a chutney made of raw mangoes.  Ingredients: 4 raw Mangoes 1 cup Jaggery 1 teaspoon Ginger extract 4-5 Green Chillies 4 Bay leaves 4 tablespoons Mustard oil ½ teaspoon Turmeric Salt to taste Preparation: Wash and peel the mangoes. Slice them thinly and discard the seeds. Finely chop the chillies Wash and peel the ginger, mash it in a mortar-pestle. Squeeze the mashed ginger to extract the juice. Directions to cook: In a wok, heat the mustard oil. As the oil heats up, put in the bay leaves. Add the sliced mangoes to the wok. Put in the turmeric, chillies and salt. Stir well, in full (gas) flame and allow the mangoes to cook and blend in with the rest of the ingredients – in the form of a paste (initial caramelization). Stir occasionally. Add the ginger extract and the jaggery. Stir well. Lower the heat …