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Keny Metha from Kohima Talks About Her Obsession with Food and Cooking – and Teaches us How to Make Her Signature ‘Spicy Tuna Rice Bowl’

  I am here today with Keny Metha from Kohima – a self-confessed lover of all things food and cooking. Her creative hobbies serve as a treasure trove for her friends and followers – to discover new cuisines, cooking styles, and plenty of other creative arts. To me, she comes across as this mysterious being, who is always up to something – usually ‘cooking up’ a new concept/idea. Add to that, her calm energy, one cannot help, but be inspired, whenever we are around her. Over a chat, I try to dig deeper into her love for food and cooking, her sources of inspiration, what kind of music gets her creative juices going – and also get her to share a simple recipe that we can all try out. Read on for the full conversation. Deno: Hey Keny, happy to be having this conversation with you on R&L 🙂 Please introduce yourself, and tell us more about what keeps you occupied these days. Keny: Heyy… Keny here everyone : ) I’m 24, and I stay …

“Every Time I Finish a Book, I want to Take it Apart and Discuss with Fellow Book Lovers” ~ Sulika Swu, on Why She Started Her Bookstagram Account

I have a passion for traveling and meeting new people. I find it immensely gratifying to venture out in the open and explore. Similarly, I have a bunch of friends, who have their own ways of finding adventure in their stack of books. Just like I would come back with stories from my travels, they would passionately share tales from their latest read. Always makes for a lovely conversation! So today, I am here with a booklover friend of mine – Sulika Swu from Kohima. She has an insatiable appetite for books – all kinds, and personally, I find her reading list very interesting. However, her well-written reviews are the real deal. For a casual reader like me, her curated reading list – each with a personal review is super insightful. Infact, I enjoy the experience of going through her reviews just as much as I would enjoy a book. On that note, Sulika recently launched an Instagram account to share her personal reviews on all the books she’s read. Stay on with me and …

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Young Photographer Albert Rutsa from Nagaland Inspires Us to Take a Cue from Storytellers of Yore to Tell New Stories

Albert is from Kohima Village and his pictures depict so much about our Naga way of life. Going through his pictures is a beautiful reminder about our Naga identity and about our simple lifestyle and practices. I chat with Albert, an old friend, about his love for Naga culture, how he started his visual storytelling hobby, and some more. Deno: Hi Albert, nice catching up again 🙂 Please introduce yourself to R&L readers. Albert: Hi, I’m Albert Seluokuolie Rutsa. I was born and brought up in Kohima Village, where I have spent the better part of my life. I am a photography and videography enthusiast, and I’m currently engaged with Stillfilms Production Kohima. Growing up I have always been fascinated by the stories and folktales my parents and elders would share, my imagination would run wild and I would constantly picture the stories in my mind. It instilled in me, a love for our culture and a desire to preserve it. Deno: How would your friends describe you? I can’t read their minds but I’d …

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Eyingbeni from Nagaland Shares a Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe Over a Chat about Her Work and Life in Ireland

  2020, for all that it was, provided a much needed pause for a lot of us. It gave us ample time to reconnect with ourselves, our hobbies, our passion – and our friends too! That said, one fine evening, we caught up with an old friend  – Eyingbeni from school (in Nagaland), who now works in Ireland. Someone having travelled the world via her work, we used to be fascinated with her low-key yet bountiful life. So we had a chat with her to delve deeper into her life in a foreign land, her travel adventures, and her food account @foodnotic, where she occasionally shares her home-cooked creations. Hello Eying, so nice to be finally having this chat. Please introduce yourself to our readers 🙂 Hi everybody, it’s a pleasure to e-meet you and I hope you have all been keeping well. What an incredible year 2020 was. What a year it has been! But I hope we are all ready for 2021 – with the hope of a renewed year ahead. So how do I …

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Recipe of Naga Doughnut – A Local Favorite and Christmas Must-Have

Come December, most households in Nagaland will be busy making doughnuts at home. Especially on Christmas eve, the whole family and neighbors get together post-dinner to spend hours making this most cherished festive snack – over cups and cups of hot tea and coffee, with Boney M playing in the background. Today, one of our friends Senti from Nagaland shares her family’s doughnut recipe.  Ingredients 1 Kg Flour 2 tablespoons Baking powder 6 Eggs 1 Cup Sugar 1 cup Ghee Oil for deep frying Directions to Make Mix the flour and baking powder Separate the egg white and the yoke Now beat the egg white until fluffy and add the sugar to the egg white. Now blend in the yoke and the ghee and mix well Add the egg mixture to the flour and baking powder, and make a dough. Knead well. Leave it aside for 2 hours  Knead the dough again Now take a rolling pin, and roll out the dough on a wide flat surface (usually a dining table in a Naga household). …

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Recipe | Thai Fried Rice with Fermented Fish ‘Pla Som’

  Today’s recipe is an interesting fried rice dish contributed by Utchi – owner of the popular cafe ‘Little Sunshine’ in Bangkok, which is known for its delectable healthy homemade dishes.  Utchi’s version of the popular fried rice is made using ‘Pla Som’ fermented carp fish – a star ingredient according to Utchi “Fermented fish is one of my favorite ingredients. Besides the probiotics found in fermented food, it’s also bursting with flavors, especially in this fried rice.” Let’s start cooking! Ingredients: 2 fillets of  ‘Pla Som’ – Thai stinky fish, fermented with salt and glutinous rice. (You can add more as per your preference) 2 cups of cooked rice 1/2 teaspoon of chopped ginger 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies Oil for frying Salt and Pepper as per the taste 1-2 eggs 1-2 teaspoons of fish sauce Mixed green vegetables (used here, local veg from Chiang Mai called Chiang da veggie) Chopped scallions (optional) coriander for garnish 1-2 squeeze of lemon ‘Pla Som’ – Thai Fermented Fish | Source : mgronline …

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Indie Folk Band Koloma from Tripura Releases their New EP ‘Chapmanliya’ – a Refreshing Mix of New Love and Nostalgia Wrapped in Folk Melodies

KOLOMA  from Tripura is back with some new music! Their EP titled “CHAPMANLIYA” Releasing today consists of 5 Songs and assures the listener some refreshing numbers with flavors across Indie and modern music Genres. Folk tunes remain the primary element throughout the whole EP. All the songs originals have composed and written in their native language “KOKBOROK”.  All songs from their latest EP are available for streaming on Spotify and iTunes. (details below) We had a quick chat with the band members about the release of their latest EP ‘Chapmanliya’ Congratulations on the release of your latest EP! What does ‘Chapmanliya’ mean? The word  ‘Chapmanliya’ translates to ‘confusion’/‘confused state of mind’ How long have you guys been working on this EP? Probably around Six (6) months. Yes, it is our pandemic baby 🙂 Recordin of ‘Chapmanliya’ in progress |Koloma, Tripura Koloma band | Chapmanliya recording session What were the theme, stories, influences that constantly kept the band inspired and motivated in creating this EP? Keeping to the band’s mission, our constant motivation remains the same …

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These Hilarious Folks from North East India are Bringing Comedy to Social Media

People who crack you up are the best kind of people, it turns any gloomy day bright and adds a dose of happiness to our otherwise dull day. Humour is something that needs appreciation and acknowledgment today more than ever. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into making these videos and all for laughs. Be it dropping truth bombs in the 5-second reel or taking relatable situations to a whole new level of fun, local comic artists across the country are making the best of the social media platforms to find their own audience – and vice versa. Today, we chat up with some super talented and hilarious folks from North East India whose unique humor isn’t just funny, but also gives a very refreshing glimpse into their local ways of life. Meet the very talented Millo Sunka from Arunachal Pradesh – a genius comic who can bring out the hilarity of regular people from her hometown folks to Bangaloreans.Millo Sunka, Actor from Arunachal Pradesh   For all those who have watched the …

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Learn How to Bake Garlic Cheese Star Bread from Our Taiwanese Friend Tzu-Han Hsu

Today we have our Taiwanese friend Tzu-Han Hsu share one of her recent favorite bread recipe. She loves cooking and baking and is currently working as a part-time cake decorator at a local grocery store in San Jose, CA. In the near future, she aspires to become a full-time English teaching assistant in Japan.  Learn how to make Korean Garlic Cheese Star Bread as Tzu-Han Hsu patiently takes us through each step. Ingredients : Dough: 150 g warm milk (105°-115°F/40°- 46°C) 20 gms sugar 3 gms active dry yeast (about 1 leveled tsp) (you don’t have to activate it first if you’re using instant yeast) 200 gms bread flour 100 gms semolina flour (if you don’t have semolina flour, you can sub with whole wheat or just use bread flour) 2 grms salt 1 whole egg, beaten , 25 gms butter 226 gms cream cheese (8 oz pack) 30 gms sugar 40 gms heavy cream (room temp) For the garlic brush: 113 gms butter (1 stick or ½ cup) 50 gms garlic (about ahead) About …

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This Interior Designer from Nagaland Transforms Her Old Childhood Home into an Inspiring ‘Tea and Plant’ Corner | Chat with Chumbeno Ezung

  How many of you here are thinking of doing up your space? Lockdowns and work-from-home situations have given many of us ample time and opportunity to indulge in such creative pursuits. And for our friend Chumbeno Ezung from Nagaland, these COVID times have given a much-needed chance to revisit her childhood home and transform their old run-down house into a ‘piece of haven’ – that now serves as an inspiration corner for her work – and a lovely tea and plant leisure space to entertain her friends. Chumbeno Ezung is a professionally trained and practicing interior designer, who is also a well-known wedding planner and decorator. She is a source of inspiration for many as she continues to reinvent her passions and creative skills by always learning and trying out new things. Today we chat at length about the super interesting renovation project that has left us super inspired!  Hi Chumbeno, welcome to the R&L chat. Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Chumbeno Ezung.  I am an Interior Designer. I am also a …