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Recipe of ‘Spicy Tuna Rice Bowl’ by Keny Metha

Hey there! We’ve got something special for you today—a simple recipe from our friend Keny Mehta, who’s based in Kohima. Keny is a true food lover and an amazing cook, and she’s sharing her signature dish with us—a tasty rice bowl with tuna. By the way, we had a fun chat with Keny about her love for food and cooking earlier. You can catch up on it here: [link to interview]. So, let’s jump right into the recipe and learn how to whip up this delicious dish together!

“About the dish: Rice is our staple food in Nagaland, and tuna (tinned fish) is easily accessible in any neighborhood local shop. So it is super easy to make. I recommend adding green leafy vegetables as toppings; you can also some creative and healthy ways to garnish this simple dish with local seasonal greens. Do try it, and hope it makes your day a ‘lil better with this simple dish 🙂” ~ Keny Metha

Spicy Tuna Rice Bowl by Keny Metha

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Spicy Tuna Rice Bowl by Keny Metha

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  1. 1 canned tuna
  2. 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  3. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  4. 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  5. 2 tsp ginger paste (grated fresh ginger)
  6. 1 tbsp vinegar/lime juice
  7. Pinch of salt and pepper
  8. 1 tsp sugar
  9. 3-5 tsp chili powder (depending on how hot you like it)
  10. Some toasted sesame seeds
  11. 2 tbsp oil
  12. 1 tbsp cornflour
Directions to make:
  1. In a small bowl, make a sauce by combining the oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, grated ginger, chili powder, and cornflour. Add a bit of water if needed.
  2. Heat a pan, add the oil, and fry the garlic till it’s slightly golden. Add the sauce and stir for a bit.
  3. Add the canned tuna and simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Serve on top of rice with some assorted greens and sprinkle with sesame seeds. I also added some fish roe for garnish.
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Just a small-town girl from Kohima who enjoys going on food dates with friends, and also has a big dream to travel to as many countries as possible.

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