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#RECIPE | Traditional Naga Delicacy, Pork Innards, by Lilia Jimomi

Pork innards is a favourite among the Nagas. There are many ways of preparing it with different spices or cooking methods. This dish is popular not only in Nagaland but all across Northeast. Today we have Lilia Jimomi from Dimapur who shares with us her traditional family recipe of pork innards. It’s simple, easy and perfect for those fancy weekend dinners! Lilia says, “As kids, my siblings and I would always look forward to special occasions at home because that was the time we would get fresh home reared pork. It was almost like a ritual for us to cook the pork innards or pork blood for the family before the main feast. It was truly special because that was the only time we got to eat our favourite part of the pig, the innards; which was never bought from the market. Now we have all grown up, are married, and have our own families. So many things have changed except our love for pork innards— the special family meal before the main feast at …


A Summer Getaway in the Hills — Sungratsu Village, Mokokchung, Nagaland

Hello folks! Up for a little adventure? We’ve sorted a quick getaway for you this weekend. If you’ve been seeking a calm place to relax in, Sungratsu village in Mokokchung district, Nagaland is perfect for you! Nestled in the hills, this place is known for its beautiful landscapes, warm people and traditional handicrafts. We explored this quaint village recently. Read on to know about it! The blue sky and the distant mountains from a viewpoint in Sungratsu, Nagaland. Sungratsu is a beautiful village nestled in the Asetkong Range of Mokokchung district, Nagaland. It is famous for making anishi/moyasu or dried yam leaf-cakes— a staple in traditional Ao and Naga cuisines. About a twenty to 30-minute drive from Mokokchung Town, the way to the village offers some breathtaking views! Sungratsu village is adorned with scenic landscapes and lovely seasonal flowers. Rewind underneath a cool summer sky, and surround yourself with nature and fresh mountain air! What makes the place even better is the warm and welcoming locals. This warmth is transcended into their way of life …


Crafting Her Own Future — A Jewellery Maker and Owner of LS Jewellery, Lusano Sophie from Kohima

Stepping away from conventional careers, Lusano from Kohima took up an independent step and started her own venture. She launched her line of accessories, LS Jewellery. Inspired by handmade jewellery making, Lusano began experimenting with pieces, which led her to start her brand.  LS Jewellery features “elegant, feminine and minimalist designs that caters to people of varying tastes,” as she puts it. It’s versatile, chic and everything your wardrobe needs right now! Find out more about the story of this young and inspiring entrepreneur as we chat with her.  LS Jewellery is handmade and crafted by Lusano herself. Hello Lusano, tell us about yourself and what you’ve been up to recently! My name is Lusano Sophie. I just graduated with Economics Honors from Shillong. Besides my jewellery collection, I love reading and want to start a venture related to books. I’m working on it, so be on the lookout. Tell us about your venture LS Jewellery. What is the story behind this start up? I always loved collecting jewellery although I didn’t really wear them …


Discover The Refreshing Indie Music Of Atuzo and Kuotsho, Two 21-Year-Old Musicians From Nagaland

Finding some amazing locally produced music isn’t always easy, but lucky for you, we have discovered the duo Atuzo and Kuotsho! These young promising Indie artists from Kohima are creating music that is rustic, contextual and hauntingly beautiful— the Folk and Indie Genre has spoken to them clearly and transcendentally. Staying true to the Indie genre, the duo has self written, produced and released their first single ‘Patterns’ on YouTube. Join us as we discuss with them life, their work and how it all came to be.  Hi Atuzo and Kuotsho! Please introduce yourself to our readers. Hello there, my name is Atuzo Theluo. I am  21 years old. I was born and brought up in Kohima. I am a passionate musician and presently I am pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Music in Nagaland College of Music and Fine Arts (NCMFA), Kohima. I am Kuotsho Koza and I am 21 years old as well. I was also born and brought up in Kohima and have recently completed my BA degree course from St. Edmund’s College, …


“I Dream to Travel The Whole of Northeast India” — Apen Tanujang From Mokokchung, Nagaland

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee Apen Tanujang might be one of the few people who’ve explored almost every part of Nagaland. An adventure and nature lover at heart, Apen belongs to Mokokchung in Nagaland. After a trip he took in 2015, he was inspired to travel and explore his homeland and all of Northeast. So far, he has covered Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim, Mizoram and Manipur, and dreams to travel to more places here.   Born and brought up Nagaland, he was always curious and adventurous about exploring every part of his homeland. This led him to explore most of Nagaland and Northeast. His Instagram feed is a visual treat that is sure to inspire you to grab your backpacks and go on an expedition. Read on to find out more about him!  Hey Apen, it’s a pleasure to have you here. Please introduce yourself to our readers! Hello, my name is Apen Tanujang, and I’m from Mokokchung Nagaland. I like to think of myself as a …


#FACES | Onen Nenty From Nagaland Embarks On a Solo Bike Tour Across the State

“I’m Onen Nenty, a solo biker from Nagaland. I’m currently on my way to Peren from Khonoma and Dzuleka area. It’s a part of my mission to cover 11 districts of Nagaland on my bike. Due to the monsoon season, the roads are muddy and quite difficult to ride on. In majority of the areas, construction is going on as well. Sometimes the unmetalled road stretch for about 2-3 hours. But I’ve made my decision! Come rain or shine, I’m going to ride to reach my goal.” ~ Onen Nenty from Nagaland Onen Nenty is one of the few female bikers in Nagaland


A Chat With Akho, the Owner of Lerina’s Cafe – An All-New Cafe in Dimapur

  We, at Roots and Leisure, love finding cozy cafes for our readers. Sometimes it’s the food that catches our attention, sometimes the ambiance. Today, we have a cafe that’s got both – a cosy aesthetic and some amazing food!  We headed out to the newly launched cafe and met with its owner, Akho Lerina. The 27-year-old man had always dreamt of starting his own business and a restaurant, which became a reality with Lerina’s cafe. Welcoming everyone with a smile into his cafe, Akho is as charming and humble as his cafe! Head to the link in bio to know what he had to say about his cafe. Lerina’s Cafe was Akho’s lifelong dream! Hello Akho, please introduce yourself to our readers! Hello, thank you so much for having me here. My name is Akho and I’m 27 years old. I belong to the Mao Naga community in Dimapur, Nagaland. I own a cafe called Lerina’s Cafe, which launched recently on the 8th of July, 2019. I had always wanted to be a self-made …

Sweet Rush, A Cafe In Dimapur, Nagaland – The Perfect Place To Unwind And Have A Hearty Meal

The streets of Duncan Basti in Dimapur are sprawling with a variety of food joints – each of them bringing something new to the table. While exploring the place, we stumbled upon a quirky and cosy cafe, Sweet Rush, which instantly took our hearts away! The best time to head out to Duncan Basti is in the evenings when the streets are incredibly lively. There are two main streets that connect to Duncan, both of which are filled with a variety of intriguing restaurants, street food joints and comfy cafes. We were greeted with a wonderful weather, which is slowly getting cooler and all the more refreshing. Sweet Rush is located right opposite Fun Bowling. We got to try some delectable dishes and ice creams — they even sell homemade cookies! We truly recommend this eat-out to savour a good plate of shingju, relish a bowl of hot soup chow or simply sip on a cup of coffee. The options are endless. The cherry on the top is that all of this is quite reasonably priced, …


#RECIPE | Ao Naga Dish ‘Amrusu’ by Kristi Kikon Murry

Nutritious, filling and absolutely delicious, Amrusu is a staple in the traditional Ao cuisine. A meal on its own, it can be your go-to comfort food as well as a fancy dinner dish when served well. It’s basically rice porridge with protein. However, there are several versions of it where the protein is swapped out for meat, fermented bamboo shoot or dry fish/prawn. One of our readers, Kristi, shared with us the recipe which is a modern/popular version of Amrusu. Amrusu made with grounded rice and chicken by Kristi Kikon Murry She says, ‘This is a very special dish that was my grandmother taught me. The main ingredient here is the ground rice (preferably white rice) and for the meat you can either use chicken or pork innards. My Otsu (grandmother) usually makes the pork version with no spice but I added 2 fresh raja mircha (king chili) and a spoonful of bamboo shoot juice.” Kristi’s recipe is simple and is very suitable for beginner cooks. Enjoy! Ingredients: White rice (250gms) Chicken (1kg) Bamboo shoot …

Discover a New World Through Cosplay – a Chat With the Founder of the Nagaland Anime Junkies (NAJ), Biebe Natso

With the Annual Cosfest coming to an end, you might think it’s the end of another beautiful chapter for NAJ. But it’s only the beginning! Many people attend cosfests across seasons, be it summer or winter. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in Nagaland. And its backbone is certainly this club Nagaland Anime Junkies! Today we have the founder of the club, Biebe Natso, here to enlighten us with their journey.     Tell us how this club came to be? I wish we had a deep and inspirational story backing the beginning of our group but we don’t. We started out as a facebook page. It helped us connect and find people who shared a love for anime. Back then we didn’t really think that there would be a lot of anime fans out there, especially in Nagaland, but we were wrong. We got to meet many new faces through the group and created some lasting friendships. How many people are part of your group? Right now, we have got seven members on …