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Naga Food, Nagaland – NorthEast of India

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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom and Bitter Eggplant (Likok)

“Are banana blossoms edible?” Absolutely yes – and they have some noteworthy benefits for your health too. Just look it up. Not only that, they are just as delectable, and a popular ingredient used in various North East Indian recipes. Today, we are making a banana blossom dish with another star ingredient: Smoked pork. An interesting add-on would be the ‘Likok’ aka Bitter Eggplant, which lends a balancing taste note to the overall dish. This non-fussy dish is simple to make but has a unique memorable taste. So let’s start cooking! Smoked Pork with Banana Blossom and Likok Eggplants Ingredients: 1 Kg Smoked pork (chopped into cubes) 1 banana blossom 3-4 potatoes Around 100 gms of whole Eggplant bitter (Likok) 2 medium-sized tomatoes 8-10 Green chilies  Salt to taste Main Ingredient 1: Smoked Pork Main Ingredient 2: Banana Blossoms Getting the Ingredients Ready: Banana blossoms: Remove the outer covers until you get the inner softer white portion. Now holding it vertically with the stalk on top, start slicing into small thin pieces with a sharp …

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Naga Recipe | River Fish with Bastenga (Bamboo Shoot Juice)

Fresh river fish cooked in bastenga (bamboo shoot juice) is a delicacy in Nagaland. Made with minimal ingredients and easy to prepare, it is one of the many popular items often made during picnics and family outings by the riverside. Today’s recipe is made using three ingredients: river fish, bastenga, and lots of green chilies. This can stay in your fridge for days and can be relished as a side dish across many meals. Enjoy! River Fish with Green Chilies and Bastenga Ingredients: 2 Kgs of fresh river fish 10-15 fresh green chilies 1/2 cup bastenga (bamboo shoot juice) 1″ grated local ginger Salt to taste Directions to cook: Wash the fish properly, changing the water multiple times – until it runs clean Chop the green chilies and add them to the fish Pour the bastenga (bamboo shoot juice) Add salt Mix the above ingredients carefully. Now add water such that it covers the whole mix Cover with a lid, and cook for about 25-30 mins (or until the fish is cooked) Remove the lid, …

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Recipe | Super Easy Chili Oil Noodles

An easy recipe for everyone to try out. It can be as spicy or plain as you want, depending on your taste preference. The toasted schezwan peppers add a special flavor – must try! Scroll down below for full recipe. Chili Oil Noodles by Nana Ingredients: Chili flakes (Qty depending on your preferred hotness level) 2 tbsp schezwan peppers (toasted and crushed) 2 Bay leaves 1 cup of vegetable oil 1 packet of noodles Salt to taste 2 tbsp of fish sauce 1 tsp of vinegar Meat of choice (optional) Toasted sesame seeds for garnish Preparing the Chili Oil: Mix the chili flakes and schezwan pepper in a bowl. Heat oil until hot and add two bay leaves. Remove from the stove, and pour the hot oil into the chilli flakes and pepper mixture. Set aside to let it cool. Preparing the Noodles: Bring a large pot of water to boil, and cook the noodles – as instructed in the packet. Stir if required, to ensure the noodles don’t stick to each other Once cooked, …

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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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Recipe of Manipur’s Popular Salad ‘Yongchak Singju’ made with Stink Beans

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 …