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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

Recipe | Wholesome Pumpkin Gravy

Today’s recipe is a wholesome pumpkin gravy which is best eaten with rice. Serve it hot. Ingredients : 250 grams of pumpkin 3 green chillies 2 pieces of fermented fish 1 medium sized tomato A handful of chives Salt to taste. Directions to cook : Dice the pumpkin into small chunks Slice the tomato into 4 pieces In a saucepan, add the pumpkin, chillies(whole), tomato, fermented fish, salt and enough water Boil it for 15 minutes then turn off the heat Mash the pumpkin, chillies, tomato, fermented fish using a pestle Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Garnish with chives.

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Recipe | Chocolate Raspberry Tart

  Celebrating the festive season isn’t half as fun without some delicious desserts. Ring in the New Year with this super-indulgent Chocolate Raspberry Tart. Dark chocolate, cream cheese, icing sugar, heavy cream, it doesn’t get any better than this! What better way to start off the new year than with a slice of this divine chocolate tart, right? Today’s dessert recipe is contributed by our lovely friend, Kutshou Therie. Let’s get baking! Ingredients : For the shell: Plain Flour 1&1/2 cup Powdered sugar 1/2 cup Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp Salted Butter 120g Baking powder 1/4th tsp Ice cold water 2tbsp For the filling: Dark chocolate 150g Heavy cream 270 ml Raspberry pie filling 200g Cream cheese 100g Icing sugar 2-3 tbsp For the topping: Few Raspberry or pomegranate kernels Method: Sift flour, cinnamon and baking powder together. Combine butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl and stir until evenly incorporated. Add the flour mixture and sprinkle ice cold water to make a soft dough. Roll the dough and place it over a 9-inch tart pan …

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Naga Dish Recipe | Kidney Beans Curry With Napa

Today, we have a special authentic Naga dish prepared by Sungdi Imchen from Roots and Leisure team. It’s a simple, traditional and easy-to-cook homemade dish mixed with ‘Napa’ (Naga basil leaves), giving you that extra Naga-spice  flavour in your mouth! Here’s your recipe guide to a quick, nutritious comfort food at its best- Fried Kidney Beans (‘Kholar’ beans) curry. Ingredients : 1 large tomato 1 medium onion 4-5 green chillies Napa (Naga basil leaves) 2 cups kholar beans ( Naga kidney beans) Salt (to taste) Process : Pressurise the kholar beans to full cook and let it cool Sauté the onion, tomatoes and chillies for about 10-15 mins. Put in the kholar beans and cook in low flame for a few minutes When the onion and tomatoes  turns completely tender, put in the Naga basil leaves (Napa) and let it simmer for another 5-10 mins. Your savoury kholar beans dish is now ready to serve. Enjoy it with a hot, steaming bowl of rice! Bon appétit! Hit Like, Share and Subscribe to Roots and Leisure on Youtube …

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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Asian Spices – Cooked Naga Style over a Fireplace

  Christmas is a great time to visit Nagaland. It is filled with the joyous spirit of Christmas, Weddings, the excitement of the young folks visiting their hometown for the holidays and many other celebrations – and all of these involve lots of food and merry cooking! Today we have a pork recipe from one of our founders – Sungdi’s (outdoor) kitchen; it’s a pork recipe that will have you wishing you were there right beside her – to enjoy the cooking process and of course, to taste the delicious-looking dish! Here’s the recipe of a pork dish cooked in a Naga outdoor kitchen with Asian spices for a lovely twist in flavour. Enjoy! Prep time: 15-20 mins. Cook time: 1 hour (approx.) Ingredients: Smoked pork Onions Green chilly Soya Sauce Barbecue sauce Green chilly sauce Chilly powder Ginger garlic Tomato Capsicum Directions to cook: Pre-cook the smoked pork in salt and water. (Water quantity should be just midway to the pork level) For the sauce: Sauté the tomatoes till it turns soft and brown. Then put in ginger, …

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Recipe | Eggless Apple Cinnamon Cake

  Feeling the Christmas spirit yet? Celebrate this holiday season with a heavenly rich and moist apple cinnamon cake! We have a special sweet treat for you guys which you can prepare this festive season with your friends and family. All you need to make this cake are a few simple ingredients and steps to follow, a festive mood and some Christmas cheer! 
Our recipe today is contributed by one of R&L’s lovely followers, Tribeni Pegu (@thenomnomlady). Scroll down to learn how to prepare this delicious delight! Ingredients: 1 apple, skinned and diced 1&1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp cinnamon powder 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla essence Process: Step 1: Butter the cake mould/loaf pan with a brush and dust it with flour and keep it aside. Step 2: For the cinnamon mix: Mix brown sugar and cinnamon powder in a bowl and keep it aside. Step 3: For the dry mix: Sieve through flour, baking powder and …

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Recipe | Nepali Sel Roti

  Sel Roti, a delicious traditional Nepali fried delight, mostly prepared as a festive snack during Dashain and Tihar in Nepal and Darjeeling. It is essentially a fried sweet bread prepared using pounded rice, flour, butter, milk and a mixture of fennel seed (saunf) and cardamom for flavoring. Simple yet delectable. Today’s recipe is contributed by our lovely people at Palighar. The making of this snack is a skill and an art in itself. Let’s get started on how it’s made! Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 15-20 minutes Ingredients: Rice: 1 kg Maida (flour): 100 gms Sugar: 100 gms Butter: 100 gms Milk: 1 cup Water: 1 cup Oil: 1 litre Sael roti masala : mixture of  saunf (fennel seeds) and cardamom Directions to cook: Soak the rice for a minimum of 3 hours. Drain and pound it into fine powder. Sieve the powdered rice. Mix the rice powder with maida (flour), sugar, butter and masala thoroughly and then add milk to make a semi-thick batter. Use a deep fried pan to heat oil. Once the oil is …

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My Journey From Being an IT Engineer to Yoga Teacher & Vegan Baker: Ekta Minocha | Homemade Beku, Bangalore

If recent news reports are anything to go by, veganism just got trendy. To the committed carnivores among us, adopting a vegan diet aka no meat, no fish, no dairy, and no eggs, sounds like a dramatic step.  But even if you made the necessary relevant changes to your lifestyle and diet, following through it outside the confines of your home in India gets challenging. That’s where vegan bakers like Ekta Minocha are passionately helping their customers enjoy their journey through veganism. We first came to know of Ekta Minocha and her vegan baking venture, Homemade Beku, through her Instagram profile. Her beautifully decorated, moist, and delicious looking baked goods and vegan savories will make your mouth water. Minocha has also started a blog recently, called The Vegan Birdie, that is already a name to reckon with in Bangalore’s baking community. Whoever said the vegan food was boring? When and why did you decide to become a vegan baker? I started out in the corporate world in Bangalore as an engineer in 2007. Since then, my …

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Recipe | Manipuri Dish: Paan( Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba

Eromba is one of the most popular dishes Manipuris prepare for their lunch/dinner. It is a local-favourite dish, enjoyed by people from other parts of Northeast as well. It’s usually made with boiled vegetables mashed with ngari (fermented fish) and chillies. Vegetables like yongchak (tree beans), soibum (bamboo shoots), yendem (buckwheat), belandri (lady’s finger), lafu (banana stem) and Paan (colocasia/arbi) are commonly used to make different varieties of eromba. Our recipe today, is the Paan (colocasia/arbi) eromba contributed by our lovely R&L follower, Impala Ayekpam. This is a simple dish you can easily make using ingredients available around your kitchen! Paan (Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 15-20 mins  Ingredients: 250gm of Paan/colocasia/arbi (washed and peeled) 10-12 Dried red chillies/1-2 king chillies (whichever is preferred) 5-6 Ngari/fermented fish 2-3 smoked fish (optional) Salt to taste. Garnish :  Fresh 1/2 u-morok/ghost pepper (thinly sliced) and Spring onions/corrainder (chopped) Directions to cook:  Add 4-5 cups of water in a pressure cooker and boil the arbi and chillies.  Let it whistle  for about 4-5 times  Cool it down and drain the water  Roast the …

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Recipe | Chicken Chutney

  Need a light and hearty meal to cook for lunch today? Here’s your answer. Today, we have a special Chicken Chutney recipe made with simple ingredients you can easily prepare. We hope you enjoy trying this recipe! Prep : 15 mins Cooking time: 40 mins   Ingredients: 1 Kg. chicken (boneless) 3 green chillies 3 pieces of  fermented fish (ngari) 1 inch of young ginger knob 1 small onion 3 cloves of garlic A handful of ginger leaves A handful of coriander leaves Salt to taste Directions to cook : Boil the chicken in a pot for about 30min Dice the boiled chicken into small pieces and keep aside Roast the green chilli on low medium heat Roast the fermented fish on low medium heat  Chop the onion into small pieces Pound the garlic using a mortar and pestle Add the roasted green chilli, ginger, fermented fish and mash it Mix the diced chicken and other ingredients together in a large bowl Add ginger and coriander leaves Salt to taste  Voila!  Your chicken chutney …

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The Tea Story Brings the Essence of Tea Bistros Together in Easy Style | Guwahati

  With its menu brimming with fresh and creative varieties of tea, The Tea Story is a cozily-designed space at Guwahati to take a breather from the everyday stresses of life; devouring damn fine food and tea whilst you’re at it. We speak with the bistro’s young and enthusiastic 27-year-old owner, Deba Pratim Das on how to open a viable tea business in the land of tea estates.  Why did you decide to launch a tea bistro?  I’m Deba Pratim Das and owner of a tea bistro called The Tea Story in Guwahati. I completed my graduation in Hospitality Management from Edinburgh Napier University. I then joined the Marriott Groups of Hotels and Resorts in USA as a F&B Supervisor and worked with them for two years. Coming from the land of tea estates, I have always wanted to learn more and explore the field of tea growing. But I never really got around to carve a path to follow. When I returned to India for pursuing an MBA degree in Hospitality, I had an …