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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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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 latest book on food culture 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 …

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Authentic and Simplest Recipe of The Popular ‘Pork with Bamboo Shoot’ from Nagaland

  Recipe submitted by Sentienla (profile at the bottom) from Nagaland. You can use any portion (of pork) and it will still come out just as delicious. Just make sure you use dried bamboo shoot – and follow the directions given below. Enjoy. Ingredients:  Pork belly ( cut into cubes) – 500gm Dry red chilies 13-15 nos Garlic 12-15 cloves 1/2 cup of dry bamboo shoot Water 100-200ml Salt to taste Directions to cook:  Soak the dry red chilies in hot water for 6-10mins. Then take a mortar and pestle, and ground them. Soak the dried bamboo shoot in water (room temperature) for 3-5 mins. Coarsely ground the garlic in a mortar and pestle  Take a deep pot and put the pork belly – cut into pieces, and cook on low flame until the fat from the meat starts coming out. Stir occasionally Now, add the soaked dry bamboo shoot, crushed garlic, and red dry chili to the pork. Add salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well, and add 1 to 2 cups of …

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Recipe | Learn How to Make The Famous Axone (Fermented Soyabean) From Nagaland

[First published on 25th May, 2019] Axone (pronounced ‘Aakhuni’) is fermented soyabean paste with a very strong pungent smell, and is one of the most popular spices from Nagaland, in the North East of India. It is indigenous of the ‘Sumi’ Naga tribe but is widely used across all Naga dishes. Locals in Nagaland usually buy them from the market, and rarely make them at home. Axone made by the Sumi tribe is most favored obviously.  Today, we have Inali Jane Ayemi, a passionate cook from Nagaland, to show us the entire process of making Axone at home. The only ingredients we need here are the soyabeans, a pressure cooker, and leaves to wrap them for fermentation. The complete process takes about a week. Let us get started! Preparing Axone (aakhuni) at home: Wash the soya beans and soak it for about 20-30 mins Cook it in a pressure cooker, then strain it dry Then pound the soyabean to make it into a paste (as shown in photo) Wrap portions of the pounded soyabean paste in …

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Recipe of ‘Plain Paratha and Aloo Fry’ with Chai by Khevito Elvis Lee

As the lockdown continues, most of us are in a constant pursuit to pick up on new skills – and cooking is turning out to be quite popular. That being said, it may not be that easy for most of us to master our favorite dishes in such a short period of time. But this is where our evening starts to brighten up. . . Over the last 3-4 years of our short existence (so far), we have been lucky to have met so many passionate and talented and kind folks who have been inspiring us from day 1. Today our friend Khevito Elvis Lee – chef and owner of the popular ‘Hornbill Restaurant’ in Delhi, is here to teach us how to make the yummiest paratha and aloo fry! Yes, we know, it’s one of our favorite dishes in this world! Best part is, it is super easy to make , and the ingredients are easy to find in your kitchen anyday. So without wasting much time, let’s get started! Ingredients for Plain Paratha …

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Lockdown Special Recipe by Kristi Kikon | Popular ‘Naga Chow’ Made with Maggi Noodles

Hello there! It’s been a while since we’ve shared anything on our online blog. Our last post was published on the 26th of Jan, and we have been on an intentional break as we got caught up with our busy life. But all that while, we have been thinking hard about ‘de-stressing’, ‘taking it easy’, ‘time to chill’ and so many such ideas. And then COVID happens. Look at us! All locked inside our homes as we coalesce into this virtual community sharing our fears and thoughts – while trying hard to stay positive amidst all the chaos that is happening around us. Such dire times have proven yet again that staying connected with like-minded folks is especially crucial as we share information, cheer each other on, support one other as we extend help to our neighbors/communities – and more. And today’s ‘Instant Noodles’ recipe is one perfect example of how the community moves.. Special thanks to Kristi for always inspiring us with her yummy recipes. Today, she has inspired us even more with her …

#Recipe| Smoked Pork and Beef With Mushroom Recipe For New Year Special

It’s a new year, and with New Year celebrations, good food is a must! This New Year, we got some mouth-watering smoked meat recipe which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Read below to learn the recipe and make some for yourself this year. Ingredients: 2 cups of smoked beef and pork (chopped) 2 Tomatoes (chopped) 8-9 sliced green chillies 7-8 spring garlic 1/2 cup chopped garlic 1/4 cup fermented bamboo-shoot water 1 cup oyster mushroom (or any mushroom of your choice) How to cook: Put all the ingredients (except the spring garlic) in a pot. Add 3 cups of water. Add salt to taste Cook till all the water reduces. Add spring garlic. Let it cook over low flame for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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Pastry Chef & Owner of Whisk A Wish, Tanya Gupta Talks About Baking & Starting Her Own Business

Tanya Gupta, the founder of Whisk A Wish brings us a variety of delightful cakes, and desserts sure to make your palates happier, and your day a little better. 31 year old and based out of Delhi, she is a pastry chef with a passion for simple but delicious desserts that aim to rekindle some old memories or establish new ones.  Making sure that her cakes and desserts are not just a bite of sugar, her desserts give you a taste of different spices and flavours as well. Let’s find out more about Tanya and her venture Whisk A Wish, as she chats with us. Tap on the link in bio or below.  Hi Tanya. Please tell us something about yourself. Hi, I’m Tanya Gupta, 31 years old, from New Delhi. I am a pastry chef with a passion for simple but delicious desserts that aim to rekindle some old memories or establish new ones. I only found pastry 6 years back, before that I switched from studying history to getting into family business to …

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Title: RECIPE | Quick & Healthy South Indian Snack Called Appey

For when you want a quick yet healthy snack to munch on, try out this recipe of vegetarian Appey, submitted by Sangeeta Dubey from Allahabad. Her personal favourite for breakfast and evening snack, she picked up this recipe when she was travelling in South India. Appey is made with sooji (rava or semolina) and fresh veggies, and requires little oil. Things needed to make the batter: 2 cup rava/sooji/semolina 1 cup curd 1 tbsp salt 1 cup water 1 cup finely chopped vegetables (like capsicum, cabbage, onion, tomato, grated carrots, and peas) 1 tsp fine chopped green chilli 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp red chilli powder Oil for greasing How to make it: 1. Mix batter ingredients well and leave it for 30 mins or more. 2. After 30 minutes, add eno and mix it well again. Start greasing the appey pan. 3. Fill 1-1 tbsp batter in appey mold. 4. Press the batter and again add 2-2 tbsp batter on filling. 5. Now cover the pan for a couple of minutes until under side …

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#Recipe | Wai Wai Snack With Chickpeas

Wai Wai always comes in handy when you want to try out new recipes. It never disappoints, whether it’s cooking or savouring it. Today we have another Wai Wai recipe contributed by Rachel, which you can make easily at the comforts of your home with easily available ingredients. It makes for an easy yet delicious snack for any time of the day. Ingredients: 1 Waiwai 1 King Chilli 1 Tomato Half an Onion Chickpeas Carrots(Optional) How to make: Soak chickpeas overnight Slice onion, tomato, and carrots. Crush the King Chilli. Fry the onion, tomato, and carrot together for 5 mins. Put the crushed king chilli in and fry for 1 minute. Put chickpeas in. Fry for 10 mins. Keep stirring. Take out from heat. Crush waiwai, mix with the fried ingredients and enjoy.  

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#Recipe | Khuvie Chutney Made With Tomato & Meat

Whenever you’re in a hurry but need to prepare a meal, simply make this spicy and tasteful Khuvie chutney. This simple recipe is a lifesaver for most people who don’t have enough time to cook extravagant dishes. The ‘Khuvie Chutney’ is a well known chutney and is mostly enjoyed with simple dishes like dal, or boiled curries. Read below to learn how to make the it. Ingredients you’ll need : 1 or more King Chilli (depending on your spice intake) 1 tree tomato 4-5 stalks of spring onions (khuvie) Shredded dried meat Salt to taste Directions to make : You can either roast the tree tomato or keep it raw. If you choose to roast it, roast the tree tomato over the stove, or the fireplace. Do not let it burn or over roast it. Keep it slightly raw, so that you get its flavour. Shred the dried meat into pieces and keep it in a bowl. Cut the spring onions into slightly smaller pieces. Crush the King Chilli with the added salt, until it …