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Recipe of Exotic Naga Dish | Pork Cooked with Hornet’s Larvae

  Naga Cuisine is known for it’s bold ingredients and hot spices (yes, we mean Raja Mircha/ Bhut Jolokia) Well today, we have a dish that has both these elements : a local dish made out of Hornet’s larvae, cooked with pork and raja mircha. Pelevotuo Solo, Owner of  “Mom and I” Cafe, Kohima contributes this recipe, which is one of the most popular dishes in his cafe. Full recipe below:   Prep Time: 15 mins; Cook Time: 1 hour Ingredients : 1kg diced pork meat 250 gms of hornet’s larvae 2 Raja marches or 10-12 dry red chillies 1 tbsp. minced ginger 20 gms fresh bamboo shoot Salt to taste Spices Used – Clockwise from Left (Photo below) : Fresh Bamboo Shoot, Ginger and Raja Mircha   Directions to Cook: Cook the pork in 500ml of water and add salt to taste Add the larvae after 20 mins and let it cook for another 15 mins. Rinse the bambooshoot with hot water ( to decrease heavy sourness) Put the bambooshoot and dried chilly together and cook for about …

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“We Can Be As Free As We Want To be – Through Our Imagination” | Meet Artist & Illustrator, Tekalong Longkumer

Don’t we all agree that art is such a beautiful medium of reading into the minds of people? All you need to do is spend some time going over an artist’s work, and you can get a good idea about the thoughts and the mood of the creator – spend some more time, and sometimes you can even see a piece of their life story; even the way an onlooker interprets an artwork can be pretty revealing. Given the fact that we are endlessly fascinated by people and their stories, an artist’s portfolio is gold! From the experienced to the newbie, there is an ocean of emotions and stories to be uncovered. We live for such discoveries. So once again, over a weekend catchup over tea, we came across some refreshing artwork on Facebook that somehow brightened our day with it’s pure energy and calmness. We reached out to the artist to know more about him and his art, and it was indeed a refreshing chat. Meet Tekalong Longkumer from Nagaland – a 20 year old …

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“My Mom’s Galho Restaurant Inspired Me to Open This Cafe” Pelevotuo Solo, Owner of “Mom and I Cafe” Nagaland

Eating out in Nagaland as we knew while growing up was pretty much visiting the “Chow & Momo” restaurants, or being invited to a friend’s or a relative’s house for dinner or tea. That was pretty much it. But if we visit Nagaland today, you are spoilt for choices – from the lovely bakeries and cafes to fancy evening lounge places. And most of these places have been founded and managed personally by the youngsters which is pretty fascinating and cool. Best part however, is the fact that each of these founders have a very interesting personal story behind their food ventures. Today we chat up with the owner of “Mom & I” cafe in Kohima Nagaland – Pelevotuo Solo to find out why this humble cafe is loved by all. Hi Pelevotuo, tell us the story behind your cafe “Mom and I” I was born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland and I have a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology. After I completed my education, I had to figure out to keep me occupied and earn a living. That’s when I thought …

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Meet the Sister Duo Founders of Local Fashion Brand “Shipen-Shisang” from Nagaland

  Meet the sister duo from Nagaland who started the local fashion brand Shipen-Shisang – a collaborative fashion production house. Their entrepreneurial journey began in August 2017, in a small nondescript town in Northeastern India, after getting inspired by the notion of handiwork and the dignity of labor. The sisters exhibit a deep understanding of the value of their brand that identifies the need for simple yet uniquely cool and comforting designs in the Indian fashion market. “We were born and brought up in Dimapur, and and our native village is “Longsa” in Nagaland’s Mokokchung district.We get  inspirations by interacting with, and observing regular people in their day-to-day life, to create our designs. That’s why our garments are mainly classic in design – that are suitable for both regular/daily wear and occasion wear.” “We believe that fashion is an important form of self-expression – a way to signify who you are and what you believe in. Comfort and the trend factor aside, the identity piece of Fashion is something you cannot ignore. That’s why our brand collections will reveal …

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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Faces | Paan Shops in Nagaland are Like Local Meeting Hubs

  “One of the most interesting places you can visit here in Nagaland is the colony paan shop. The shop in this photo is a small paan shop (with the owner) in Jakhama village, Kohima.  These colony paan shops are like the local meeting hubs, where informal catch ups take place and titbits are exchanged. You’d probably end up collecting the latest news from all the nooks and corners of the world! This is a great leveller too; the old and the young, the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy, the school kid and the businessman, all rely on these shops to meet their daily needs.” ~ Shanthungo

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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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“My Trekking Experience to Dzükou Valley, Nagaland” by Wati Pongener

One fine Saturday, we bumped into an old friend from college days and as we got talking about how our life has progressed, we (obviously) had to mention Roots and Leisure. She was pleasantly surprised to know that her seniors from college in Ahmedabad (us! :)) are the ones behind the growing community; she has been following us for a while now. She got really excited, and immediately offered to share her own travel story with the R&L readers. Wati Pongener had made a recent trek to one of the most beautiful local attractions in Nagaland – the Dzükou Valley* “The air in Dzükou was so fresh that I could not help but think if I have been breathing wrong my whole life  – before that moment! Every time I inhaled lungful of air, I imagined myself being cured of all the diseases from years of breathing polluted air.” (*Dzükou valley is situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur just behind the Japhu peak. Its ecosystem could be classified as one of the last spots …