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Recipe | Learn How to Make The Famous Axone (Fermented Soyabean) From Nagaland

[First published on 25th May, 2019] Axone (pronounced ‘Aakhuni’) is fermented soyabean paste with a very strong pungent smell, and is one of the most popular spices from Nagaland, in the North East of India. It is indigenous of the ‘Sumi’ Naga tribe but is widely used across all Naga dishes. Locals in Nagaland usually buy them from the market, and rarely make them at home. Axone made by the Sumi tribe is most favored obviously.  Today, we have Inali Jane Ayemi, a passionate cook from Nagaland, to show us the entire process of making Axone at home. The only ingredients we need here are the soyabeans, a pressure cooker, and leaves to wrap them for fermentation. The complete process takes about a week. Let us get started! Preparing Axone (aakhuni) at home: Wash the soya beans and soak it for about 20-30 mins Cook it in a pressure cooker, then strain it dry Then pound the soyabean to make it into a paste (as shown in photo) Wrap portions of the pounded soyabean paste in …

Directions to Cook the Rice: Wash the rice and put it into a pressure cooker Pour hot boiling water and pressure cook for 20-25 mins Rice is ready! Ingredients For the chu

Recipe | Steamed White and Red Sticky Rice with Ginger and Axone Chutney

Sticky rice is another favorite of the people in Nagaland. It can be eaten simply as a rice substitute for meals, or as an afternoon snack. Usually eaten with a chutney, it is one of the best afternoon snacks to be relished with a hot cup of tea on a cold rainy day. There are a variety of sticky rice available in the region; the ones we have used here is a mix of white and red sticky rice, and the end result has a beautiful dark red finish.  Ingredients: 3-4 cups of sticky rice(mix of white and red rice) 3-4 cups of hot boiling water Directions to Cook the Rice: Wash the rice and put it into a pressure cooker Pour hot boiling water and pressure cook for 20-25 mins Rice is ready! Ingredients For the chutney : 5-6 chunks peeled ginger (approx 3 inches) 1 small bowl of chunky axone (fermented soya beans) mixed with with chili flakes and salt 2-3 tablespoons of ground schezwan seeds (“mong mong” seeds) Directions to Make the …

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Recipe | Naga Traditional Method to Make Steamed Sticky Rice and Axone Chutney

If you are travelling to Nagaland in the Northeast of India, and trying out local cuisine is your top priority, do not forget to taste the traditionally cooked “Sticky rice.” Sometimes eaten as a substitute for regular rice, it is also quite popular in Nagaland as an afternoon snack/mid-day meal. With the relatively earlier sunrise and super early breakfasts in this part of the country, a plate of sticky rice with some axone (akhuni) chutney on the side and a hot cup of tea is indeed a delightful treat. Sticky rice puris are also very popular as noonday snacks with hot tea [Recipe here] Our R&L contributor Lidang takes us to her kitchen to show us how their family cooks sticky rice and the very popular axone chutney (fermented soybean chutney). Full recipe and video below: Ingredients for Steamed Sticky Rice 1 kg of Sticky rice soaked overnight 2 types of pots: earthen pot with small holes at the bottom (like a momo steamer) and an aluminum pot (both medium sized) 2-3 banana leaves Some newspapers (to connect the two vessels together – one top of …

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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Akhuni and Black Sesame Seeds

Here is a Naga pork recipe contributed by R&L reader Elika. It’s another super delicious smoked pork recipe – with the aroma of axone and sesame seeds. Easy to cook, but will leave an unforgettable taste for a long time! Smoked pork cooked with Axone (fermented soya beans), and Sesame seeds. Best served with Rice. Ingredients: 1/2 kg Smoked pork (cut into 1″ cubes) 2 tbsps of Black sesame seeds 1 tbsp Axone 4-5 gloves of garlic 1″ Naga ginger 1 tbsp Red chilly powder Salt to taste Directions to cook: Roast the diced smoked pork in it’s own fat till there is enough oil coming out to cook the rest of the ingredients. Add salt, garlic, red chilly powder and cook till the meat is almost ready. In a separate pan, roast black sesame seeds and roughly pound them. Now add the sesame seeds and axone/akhuni (fermented soya beans) to the meat and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Garnish with a bit of roughly pounded Naga ginger and serve. Serve hot with steamed/boiled rice. Bon …

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Recipe | Nagaland’s ‘Axone’ (Akhuni) Chutney

  Today’s chutney recipe is a special one. It is made from one of the most popular Naga spices – the  ‘axone’ (pronounced aakhuni) which is basically fermented soyabean paste. Why is it so unique you ask? It has a very strong, pungent smell that can fill the entire room – house rather, with its unique aroma. Perhaps, this may be one of the reasons why youngsters from Nagaland always carry a packet of axone with them wherever they go – to try and recreate their very own ‘Naga kitchen’ – home away from home. Although first-timers be warned, the smell can be pretty intense when you are tasting it for the first time. But once you get used to the taste, it’s pretty addictive. So there – another warning. Nagas use the axone in a variety of dishes ranging from chutney and pickles, to various local dishes like smoked pork with axone, nula (snails) with akhuni and a host of stew dishes.  To get you started, let us learn how to make the most …