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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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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 …

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Learn How to Make Manipur’s Favorite Salad ‘Yongchak Singju’

Today, I invited Khevito Elvis Lee also known as ‘The Tribal Chef’ (on Instagram) to teach me how to make my favorite Yongchak Singju. I am an ardent admirer and follower of his work – especially his food posts. He lives up to his name as ‘The Tribal Chef’ by regularly sharing a range of local dishes from Northeast India. Khevito is also the owner of the Hornbill Restaurant in Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi, which has been serving mouth-watering local dishes to Northeastern folks there – and most importantly, introducing our region’s cuisine to non-locals in the city. Coming back to the recipe, Yongchak Singju is a local’s favorite – especially in Nagaland and Manipur. It is made of Yongchak (monkey beans) which is a popular local ingredient, often used in making authentic Manipuri specialties like Eromba and Singju. It is a long twisting bean that is a member of the pea or beans family. Yongchak beans have an unusual smell and are crisp, soft, and tender with a rich and pungent flavor. Now, let’s learn …

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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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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 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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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 …

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Here are Some Tips to Spice up Your Favorite ‘Aloo Fry’ Recipe

  A question to the millennial folks out here. Had this pandemic happened during our school days, what do you think you would be missing the most? Friends.. boybands chatter, gossip.. or perhaps our much anticipated tiffin time the most? Remember how we all had our own – or rather, our mom’s /dad’s version of ‘aloo fry’ packed neatly with rice? From mashed to dry fry to mixed curry, our relationship with aloo (potatoes) was a special one. In fact, our tiffins depended on it! The best part is, our love for ‘aloo fry’ has only grown over the years with many of us relying on this robust ingredient to liven up any dull meal. So we did a bit of searching on social media and found some friends from our community who were super happy to share the recipe of their signature aloo fry. Scroll through the recipe, take notes (maybe spin in your own ingredients), and may you find this familiar comfort in every meal 🙂 Alu Fry by Inukali K Zhimomi from …

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Showcasing Unique Food Cultures of all Eight States of North East India and Beyond

What’s on your plate? Or What is India eating today? No celebration is complete without food, and most of the time food itself becomes a celebration. Before you sit and ponder on what to have for dinner/lunch this weekend, here is an eclectic collection of meals from all over India celebrating the very fact that food does, in fact, bring all of us together – and at the same time, highlights the uniqueness of each culture.  Let us start with the 8 states of North East India: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura – and then continue exploring some handpicked states from all 4 corners of India. Let us start! TRIPURA: Rice meal with pigeon pea salad mixed with roasted green chili and fermented fish, boiled mustard leaves, chicken with pumpkin curry, boiled eggs, and papad. [Contributed by Hrishikesh Tripura, 22, Agartala Tripura, Student of Human Physiology] NAGALAND: Rice meal with Pork and bamboo shoot, mixed boiled vegetables, mashed potato & dried fish curry/stew and fresh leafy & [Contributed by Kristi Kikon, Homemaker and …

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“I found that Food is an Expression of Identities and Histories” – Art Curator and Author Tanya Abraham from Kerala Chats about Her Newly Launched Book ‘Eating with History’

Today, we have with us, a very interesting guest who is here to share some insight into the evolution of the very rich culture and cuisines of Kerala, that emerged as a result of the ancient spice trade in this southern part of the country. Spices still are a huge part of trading activity in Kerala with over three-fourths of spice exports from India sourced from the state. That said, let us say hello to Tanya Abraham from Kochi, an ex-journo, and now a published author, who has just launched her second book  titled ‘Eating With History: Ancient Trade-Influenced Cuisines of Kerala.’ Over a quick chat, we dig into her roots, colorful journey of Kerala cuisine, and of course her book. Hi Tanya, so nice to have you with us! Please introduce yourself to our readers. My name is Tanya Abraham and I was raised in Fort Kochi, an ancient town in Kerala. I currently live in Kochi. I work as an art curator and am the founder of the non-profit ‘The Art Outreach Society …