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

Here’s a recipe for a local favorite pork dish from Nagaland submitted by Sentienla (profile at the bottom). Pork with bamboo shoot is a favorite dish in Nagaland, whether it’s a humble meal at home with family or for important celebrations like weddings, tribal festivals, or Christmas. This recipe features pork belly, which adds a special succulent flavor due to the fat content. Let’s get cooking!

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Authentic Naga Pork with Bamboo Shoot


  1. ย Pork belly ( cut into cubes) – 500gm
  2. Dry red chilies 13-15 nos
  3. Garlic 12-15 cloves
  4. 1/2 cup of dry bamboo shoot
  5. Water 100-200ml
  6. Salt to taste
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Ingredients for Naga pork (left to right): Dry bamboo shoot, Red chilies, garlic

Directions to cook:

  1. ย Soak the dry red chilies in hot water for 6-10mins. Then take a mortar and pestle, and ground them.
  2. Soak the dried bamboo shoot in water (room temperature) for 3-5 mins.
  3. Coarsely ground the garlic in a mortar and pestle
  4. ย 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
  5. Now, add the soaked dry bamboo shoot, crushed garlic, and red dry chili to the pork. Add salt to taste.
  6. Mix all the ingredients well, and add 1 to 2 cups of water or as much as required (depending on the amount of fat from the pork..)
  7. Cook the pork over medium to low flame for 15-20 minutes.
  8. If the water dries up but the pork is still not fully cooked, you can add more water. But make sure the water is fully dried up when the meat is fully done.

Naga pork with Bambook shoot is ready to be served with a hot plate of rice and boiled veggies on the side!

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Authentic Naga Pork with Bamboo Shoot | Contributed by Sentienla from Nagaland



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