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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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RECIPE | Food Blogger Ksh Donny from Manipur Makes Japanese Onigirazu and Korean Kimbap using Local Black Rice

Today, we have food blogger Ksh Donny from Manipur show us how to make the famous Japanese Onigirazu (rice sandwich) and Korean Kimbap using black rice. A passionate foodie, Donny loves experimenting with food whenever she gets any free time. Through these recipes, she shares how different cultures come together for the love of rice – and how each have their own version of a rice snack (Now we know their names too!) So let’s find out what and how we are making 🙂 (Note from Donny “For the fillings, I have used both chicken sausage and tuna because these are my favorites, but you can use any filling you like; vegetarians can totally remove the meats – it’ll still be a healthy tasty treat.”) Food blogger from Manipur, Ksh Donny’s shares her version of Japanese Onigirazu and Korean Kimbap Using Local Black Rice. Ingredients : 3-4 sheets of Seaweed 250 gms Black rice 2 tbsp Sesame Oil 5-6 Eggs 2 Cucumbers 3-4 Carrots 10-12 slices of Radish Pickle 4-5 Chicken sausage 1 can of Tuna (~250 gm) …

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#RECIPE | Local Chicken Dish With Sun Dried Bambooshoot By Inali Jane Ayemi From Nagaland

Today’s recipe is a Local Chicken dish cooked with sun dried bamboo shoot, contributed by Inali Jane Ayemi from Nagaland. A home based baker, dessert caterer and an amazing cook, she has been generous enough to R&L by sharing her food recipes for the third time, today. So without any further delay, let’s find out how she has prepared yet another amazing version of her dish.. Local Chicken cooked with Sun dried bamboo shoot is a delicious dry dish contributed by Inali Jane Ayemi, a food blogger and an amazing cook from Nagaland. Ingredients : 1 whole Local Chicken A handful of sun dried Bamboo shoot (not the shredded brown ones we get in the market) Onion (3), Garlic (1 bulb), Ginger (an inch long) Tomatoes (3 medium sized fully riped) Chilli powder (1 tbsp) Culantros (5-6 leaves) A handful of Chives Sesame Oil (1 tbsp) Salt to taste Preparation of the dish : Fry the onion, garlic and ginger Once the onions are translucent, add chopped tomatoes Add the sundried bamboo shoot (after boiling …

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#RECIPE | Spicy Manipuri Pork Dish with Culantro “Burma Dhania”

Today’s recipe is a simple pork dish contributed by food blogger Kupatia Keishing from Manipur, in the Northeast of India. It’s a dry spicy dish that is easy to cook, and incorporates the unique and beautiful flavor of culantro – also known locally as “Burma dhania” in Manipur. This dish is usually made using smoked pork, but in this version, Kupatia uses fresh pork that is prepared to taste as flavorsome like smoked pork. Let us find out how! Scroll down below for the full recipe. Manipuri Spicy Pork Dish cooked with chili powder and Culantro Ingredients : 1 Kg Fresh Pork 4-5 tbsps of Local chili powder Culantr0 (local name “Burma Dhania”) 3-5 cloves of garlic 1 1/2 cups of hot water Salt to taste Directions to Cook: Wash the pork thoroughly – changing water until its clean Boil the pork with salt for about an hour and leave it overnight Cut the pork into 2-3″ cubes Now heat a deep pot, and dry fry the chili powder and salt until this mixture turns dark brown in …

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#RECIPE | Assamese Dish “Kusiyar Jalukia” – Spicy Eel Curry With Papaya by Dr. Geeta Dutta

When the weather is cold, a hot peppery curry of eel will help keep you warm. Add to that, eel is highly nutritious and recommended for people affected with anemia. Today’s dish is contributed by Dr. Geeta Dutta from Guwahati, Assam – a food lover and an enthusiastic home chef. The dishes that she prepares are guaranteed to be top in health, nutrition and flavor. Today we are happy to share the recipe for a spicy curry of Eel with papaya (popularly known as ‘Kusiyar Jalukia’ in Assam), contributed by Dr. Geeta from Assam. Read on to find out the ingredients and how to prepare this yummy dish to keep you warm this winter! Ingredients : 250 gms of eel, cut into cubes. 2 onions, grated. 1 papaya, cut into 3-inch size pieces. 1 teaspoon each of cumin and black pepper, grinded to a fine paste. 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste. 2 green chilies. 1 teaspoon turmeric powder. Salt to taste 3 teaspoons mustard oil. Directions to cook : Heat the mustard oil in a wok. Add …

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A Chat With Pastor of SOULS Cafe in Shillong – Your Special Place To Fill Your Body and Soul

  Just as our body needs food to stay physically active and healthy, our soul too can do with some spiritual food. Our reader and contributor Arep – a student in Shillong, recently visited “SOULS Cafe” in Shillong, and loved her experience there; so here she is, sharing her conversation with the owner of the cafe to guide us through the offerings of the cafe and more. SOULS cafe is known for its welcoming atmosphere, and also offers free counselling for those in need. So if you are looking for good comfort food, lovely ambiance and a place to relax, bond and refresh, SOULS cafe may be a good place to check out. Here’s a chat with Pastor Ever to know more about the cafe, and why it’s loved by many in Shillong. R&L contributor Arep chats with Pastor Ever, who is one of the co-founders of “SOULS Cafe” in Shillong, Meghalaya. They talk about how the cafe aims to be the light for lost souls and bring them some comfort and healing- along with some yummy …

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#RECIPE | Naga Dish – Smoked Pork With Intestines And Ginger Leaves – by Khevito Elvis Lee

Today’s delicious dish is contributed by Khevito Elvis Lee from Nagaland. He has used the combination of pork intestine and smoked pork, to infuse some of that extra smokey flavour. Ginger leaves are added to enhance the taste and aroma of the dish. Without further delay, let’s find out the ingredients of this yummy winter dish and get to prepping it for our own homemade meal! This recipe for Naga smoked pork with intestines and ginger leaves by Khevito is an aromatic, wholesome and hearty dish for a warm winter meal. Ingredients : 1-2 long pieces smoked pork Fresh pork intestine 1 teaspoon chili powder 6-7 dry chilies Naga ginger leaves 2 small pieces of ginger two small pieces chopped 6 -7 garlic cloves Around 2 pinch of Schezwan pepper powder (Khevito uses the Naga pepper which is called ‘mitchinga’) Salt to taste Preparation of the Pork Intestine : First clean the intestine thoroughly with lukewarm water, salt and lemon and rinse at least 7 to 8 times. This is to remove the smell. Boil the intestine …

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Top Five Places You Need To Visit in Dimapur, Nagaland This December During Hornbill Festival, 2018.

One of the most exciting events of the Hornbill Festival Nagaland is the Hornbill International Music Festival, which is going to happen in Dimapur. The music festival is scheduled for December 1st to 10th with an interesting line up of local bands, K-pop, EDM, Rock, Blues, and Christian Music.  So while you are here in town for the music festival, we have put together a list of our favorite hangout spots to visit in Dimapur. We must admit, however, that it was a difficult task as we have all sorts of interesting eateries and hangout places opening up every other day in this bustling town – which means, we will have more such lists coming out regularly. For now, here’s our TOP FIVE eateries at the moment. Make sure you check out these places this December during the Hornbill festival! 1. ILI-AH restaurant Location : Aiko Greens, Purana Bazaar, near Zion Hospital, Dimapur. ILI-AH restaurant is the perfect place for leisure, a place for family and dear friends, a place where time slows down, for overdue and long conversations. A place …

Top Five Cafes And Spots You Need To Visit In Kohima, Nagaland this December During Hornbill Festival 2018

Kohima is the hilly capital city of India’s northeastern state of Nagaland. It is an ideal place to have a memorable and peaceful vacation. While summer here is tropical, winter is dry and bitterly cold. So, we suggest you to prepare with thick and warm clothes when you visit Kohima next month during the much awaited Hornbill Festival 2018. Today, we are happy to guide you to some of the top places to visit this December. How to reach Kohima :  NST run buses from Dimapur to Kohima and the 75 km long road journey takes around 4 hours. Taxis are also available in the taxi stand beside the Dimapur Railway Station. Dimapur is well connected to the rest of India by rail, bus and air services. Top Five ‘CAFES’ To Visit in Kohima : 1. Cafe “Sorshia & Co.” Sorshia & Co. is located at Belho Complex, P.R.HILL Kohima. It is a cosy space that welcomes you with love and genuine hospitality that makes you feel like it’s home. Some specials from their menu include the stir-fried …

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#RECIPE | Manipuri Dish – Spicy Fermented Pork with Escargot (Tharoi) .

Pork is one of northeast India’s most favourite meats. Whether it is smoked, fermented or cooked fresh, either way it tastes wonderful. Today, our contributor Thanyo Lungleng, a Tangkhul naga from Manipur shares the recipe for her version of “Spicy fermented pork with escargot”. The dish contains our favourite combination – fermented pork and escargot. It can never go wrong! One traditional cooking advice my mother always gave me was to always add the chili powder and ginger paste at the beginning of cooking and add the garlic paste seconds before turning off the heat. This really enhances the flavour and aroma of the dish.” – Thanyo Lungleng. Thanyo shares her recipe for a special dry dish, Spicy Fermented Pork and Escargot. Ingredients : A big piece of homemade fermented pork Escargot (Tharoi in Manipuri) Wild/long cilantro Ginger ground to a paste Garlic ground to a paste Chili powder (from Sirarakhong village, Ukhrul district) and salt to taste. Ingredients for Thanyo’s spicy fermented pork and escargot dish (L-R): Escargot, fermented pork, ginger, garlic, long cilantro, chili powder and …

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A Chat With Mahelal Pukhrambam, Owner of Cafe “Steamin Mug” in Imphal – Famous for Its Cosy Space and Perfect Coffee

Cafes and restaurants are gradually sprouting up in almost every corner of Imphal city in Manipur. Besides the menu, it’s also the little creative touches that the owners put into the space to make the ambiance attractive to customers. As is rightly said, “a cozy cafe is pretty much an ultimate happy place”, cafe Steamin Mug in Imphal radiates a super comfy and friendly vibe. It’s the perfect place to dissapear for a couple of hours for a well deserved coffee break, away from the busy or the mundane everyday life. Today, we chat with the owner of Cafe “Steamin Mug” Mahelal Pukhrambam, who is an enthusiastic chef, curious traveler and a football fanatic from Manipur. Read on to know more about him, his life and his cafe. Hello Mahelal! Tell us a little about yourself. Hello R&L! My name is Mahelal Pukhrambam from Manipur and I am the owner of “Steamin Mug” cafe. I am currently residing in Imphal but I have spent most of my adolescent age in Delhi. I am an enthusiastic chef, curious traveler, …