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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 …

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Diddicoy’s Forest Home in Manali : A Home for Everyone who Loves Apples, Dogs, Sunshine, Seasonal Snow and an Unforgettable Vacation

With the country opening up one unlock at a time, two things come to mind: Vacation and Mountains. The universe seems to be in sync as we soon discover this beautiful homestay – Diddicoy’s Forest Home in the lap of nature in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. This 3 bedroom cottage amidst Som Van forest in Batahar Village of Manali has the best of both worlds – the rustic charm of living in a forest, and with all the modern-day facilities to ensure guests have a comfortable stay – and it is just 5 min walk from the Beas river! Borne of love by two friends, and now co-hosts – Bhumika and Sumit, this vacation home is loved by guests for their pure offerings amidst the vast spread of an apple orchard. We are thrilled to have come across this beautiful abode – and of course, its wonderful hosts. We chat with Bhumika today to know more about their homestay, their journey, furry friends, and more. Bhumika with her friend and co-host Sumit and their pet at …

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“After Years in The Industry, I Was Proud to be Part of a Movie (Axone) with North Eastern People in Lead Roles.” We Chat with Actress and Model Lin Laishram from Manipur

Growing up with a dream and actually living your fantasy life are two different things. While many dreams may not see the light of the day, some are more resolute. This small-town girl from Manipur we all know by the name Lin Laishram, is living each day to prove that dreams do come alive – but only if you believe in them unwaveringly and work hard with equal intensity. Having traveled the world venturing across sports, modeling, and now acting, Lin has many stories to tell. So today we chat with Lin Laishram from Manipur to know more about her journey. We chat with Model and Actress Lin Laishram from Manipur as she takes us through her journey from Manipur to Nagaland to Jamshedpur to New York and now Mumbai. She also talks about her latest acting gig in the popular movie ‘Axone’ now playing on Netflix! Hi Lin! So nice to finally have this chat with you! We are certain most people here have already heard and read about you, but please introduce yourself …

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This Super Easy Bread Pakora Recipe by Avinash Patnaik from Odisha Is a Must Try!

  To be able to cook an elaborate 3-course meal after wrapping up a long day at work is commendable. Now with ‘work-from-home’ becoming the norm, fixing a quick snack that can double up a filling lunch is an even greater achievement. Agree? So today we have Avinash Patnaik from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to teach us how to make ‘Bread Pakora’ – an easy, yummy, and filling snack that can be made with ingredients already available in your kitchen. Get ready to bring this popular Indian street food item from the bustling gullies to your own kitchen.  Avinash Patnaik – recipe curator, food stylist, and photographer from Bhubaneswar teaches us how to make his all-time favorite ‘Bread Pakora.’ Ingredients : 4 slices of bread (white or brown, depending on your bread preference) 1 cup besan (Gram flour) 1 pinch Haldi (turmeric Powder) 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon black salt  1-2 green chilies, finely chopped Chopped Coriander  Salt  to taste Water as required to make the batter Refined oil for deep frying Directions to cook: Use …

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Into The World of Art Through the Artistic Lens of Photographer Qhevika Swu from Nagaland

“It’s so fascinating how Photography can take you to a whole new world of its own.The amount of new things I learn from every shot I take, is truly exciting.” We chat with Qhevika Swu – a photographer from Nagaland, who has a growing fan base of people enamored by his artistic depiction of people and things around him. His portfolio shoots are even more eloquent. He brilliantly mixes somber and contemporary style of shooting, which he is now translating into cinematography as well. We chat with 25-year-old Qhevika Swu – the super talented, and much-admired photographer + cinematographer from Nagaland, as he takes us along his creative process and his portfolio. Hello Qhevika, so nice to finally get to chat with you. Please tell us more about yourself. Hi! I’m Qhevika Swu, I recently turned 25. I am a photographer based in Kohima but I’m originally from Mishilimi, Pughoboto Tehsil of Zunheboto district in Nagaland. I am currently exploring the world of photography and cinematography. I am a full-time freelance photographer climbing the ladder. What …

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To Bread or Not to Bread? This Easy Bread Recipe by Sonya from Berlin Says a Big Yes!

To bread or not to bread, must have been an imposing question in your head during this quarantine. What’s interesting is the fact that even those who have never baked in their life, are braving this thought as well 🙂 Some say it is an art, some say it is precision science – and for some, it is pure passion. As for most of us, it is a daily stable that we sometimes like to ‘French toast‘ it up! So if you are up for the challenge to figure out the science and the art of bread-making, well, your time is here. Our new friend Sonya – a mom and a passionate baker from Berlin, is here to share a simple bread recipe to get you started. Happy baking! Bread recipe by Sonya from Berlin, a mom and a passionate baker Ingredients for Sonya’s favorite bread recipe: 500 grams flour 20 grams yeast 15 grams of salt  15 grams of sugar 50 ml of vegetable oil 50 ml of milk  250 ml lukewarm water  50 …