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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, …

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#RECIPE | Spicy Manipuri Pork Dish with Culantro “Burma Dhania”

Today’s recipe is a simple pork dish contributed by food blogger Kupatia Keishing from Manipur, in the Northeast of India. It’s a dry spicy dish that is easy to cook, and incorporates the unique and beautiful flavor of culantro – also known locally as “Burma dhania” in Manipur. This dish is usually made using smoked pork, but in this version, Kupatia uses fresh pork that is prepared to taste as flavorsome like smoked pork. Let us find out how! Scroll down below for the full recipe. Manipuri Spicy Pork Dish cooked with chili powder and Culantro Ingredients : 1 Kg Fresh Pork 4-5 tbsps of Local chili powder Culantr0 (local name “Burma Dhania”) 3-5 cloves of garlic 1 1/2 cups of hot water Salt to taste Directions to Cook: Wash the pork thoroughly – changing water until its clean Boil the pork with salt for about an hour and leave it overnight Cut the pork into 2-3″ cubes Now heat a deep pot, and dry fry the chili powder and salt until this mixture turns dark brown in …

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#RECIPE | Naga Dish – Smoked Pork With Intestines And Ginger Leaves – by Khevito Elvis Lee

Today’s delicious dish is contributed by Khevito Elvis Lee from Nagaland. He has used the combination of pork intestine and smoked pork, to infuse some of that extra smokey flavour. Ginger leaves are added to enhance the taste and aroma of the dish. Without further delay, let’s find out the ingredients of this yummy winter dish and get to prepping it for our own homemade meal! This recipe for Naga smoked pork with intestines and ginger leaves by Khevito is an aromatic, wholesome and hearty dish for a warm winter meal. Ingredients : 1-2 long pieces smoked pork Fresh pork intestine 1 teaspoon chili powder 6-7 dry chilies Naga ginger leaves 2 small pieces of ginger two small pieces chopped 6 -7 garlic cloves Around 2 pinch of Schezwan pepper powder (Khevito uses the Naga pepper which is called ‘mitchinga’) Salt to taste Preparation of the Pork Intestine : First clean the intestine thoroughly with lukewarm water, salt and lemon and rinse at least 7 to 8 times. This is to remove the smell. Boil the intestine …

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Top Five Places You Need To Visit in Dimapur, Nagaland This December During Hornbill Festival, 2018.

One of the most exciting events of the Hornbill Festival Nagaland is the Hornbill International Music Festival, which is going to happen in Dimapur. The music festival is scheduled for December 1st to 10th with an interesting line up of local bands, K-pop, EDM, Rock, Blues, and Christian Music.  So while you are here in town for the music festival, we have put together a list of our favorite hangout spots to visit in Dimapur. We must admit, however, that it was a difficult task as we have all sorts of interesting eateries and hangout places opening up every other day in this bustling town – which means, we will have more such lists coming out regularly. For now, here’s our TOP FIVE eateries at the moment. Make sure you check out these places this December during the Hornbill festival! 1. ILI-AH restaurant Location : Aiko Greens, Purana Bazaar, near Zion Hospital, Dimapur. ILI-AH restaurant is the perfect place for leisure, a place for family and dear friends, a place where time slows down, for overdue and long conversations. A place …

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#Recipe | Quick and Easy Way To Make Manipur’s Favourite Salad Dish “Shingju”

  “Shingju” is an all-time favorite salad dish/snack of Manipur. Made with a hearty variety of green vegetables and local spices, it makes for a delicious and healthy accompaniment to your meal, or as a refreshing afternoon or evening snack. Its unique taste is courtesy of the fermented fish which is the main flavor and texture component of this recipe; a small amount of chili, perilla seeds (thoiding in Manipuri), and chickpeas powder also add to the flavor. Shanmi from Imphal shares her version of the famous Manipuri “Shingju.” Our mouths are watering just looking at the photos! Let’s find out how we can whip up some in our kitchens right away! Full recipe below Shingju is a Manipuri salad dish made with easy-to-find ingredients from the kitchen garden – comprising of local vegetables and spices, and fermented fish. Today we learn how to make this popular dish from Manipur. Ingredients: Half a cabbage Green leafy vegetables. Here, we have used chameleon plant and its roots, onion leaves, pea shoots, wild mint, coriander, etc. 1 cup of …

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Recipe of “Naga Pork with Anishi” Cooked Traditionally in a Clay Pot

Today we have an authentic Ao Naga dish cooked over a fireplace in a Naga kitchen. It’s a pork dish cooked with Anishi (dried Colocasia leaves), Sichuan pepper “Michinga leaves” and napa. Made in traditional style in a clay pot, it is a flavorsome dish to be relished with a hot plate of rice and some chutney – a typical Naga meal. Read on to get the full recipe [Video included – at the bottom]. Ao Naga Dish | Pork with Anishi Ingredients 1 Kg Fresh pork (cut into 1″ pieces)  1 big Tomato 5-6 dried red chilies 3-4 Anishi cakes (Dried cakes made of Colocasia leaves) A handful of Sichuan Pepper Leaves “Michinga Leaves” Napa Clay Pot ( if you don’t have a clay pot, you can use a regular deep vessel and cook over gas) Ingredients (Clockwise from Left): Sichuan pepper leaves, Tomato, Dried Red Chillies, Napa, and Anishi cakes This Ao Naga Pork Dish is Prepared in a Clay Pot Directions to Prepare the Pork: Cut the pork into 1” chunks and dry fry in a deep …

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Spicy Korean Hot Pot Cooked Naga Style With Leftover Rice and Smoked Pork

Hot pots are a super popular dish all over Asia. Meat, fish, vegetables, tofu and noodles or rice are generally put into a pot of hot and simmering broth and cooked right at the table. Our contributor Miss Aier from Nagaland has a soft spot for Korean and Japanese cuisines and this particular ‘Spicy Hot Pot’ dish, inspired by the same, is great for a homecooked lunch for yourself, or with friends or a family dinner party. Whether you’re experiencing the hot summer heat or living up in the hills in the cold and rainy monsoons, this hot and spicy dish is perfect for you! Read on to browse through this recipe by Aier and fill your tummy with this comforting and steaming bowl of smoked pork, rice balls and veggies. Cooking time: 30 minutes; Serves: 2 Ingredients: 3 large pieces of smoked pork 2 pieces of dried anchovies A small bowl of cooked rice 2 half boiled eggs 1 red and green chill each (or to taste) 1 medium sized tomato 1 teaspoon of …

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#Recipe | Naga Style Crab with Garlic Chives

Today our contributor Inali from Nagaland shares a secret recipe from her kitchen. It’s a crab dish cooked Naga style with an Asian twist using fish sauce and oyster sauce. With an interesting blend of Asian flavors along with local garlic chives, this recipe is a must try for all seafood – and crab lovers! Read on to know how to cook crab in Inali’s local Naga style. Ingredients (clockwise from left): Green chilies, ginger, garlic, Sichuan pepper, dark soya sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, red chili sauce, corn flour, tomatoes and garlic chives (bottom) Ingredients : Fresh local crabs – 14 to 16 (depends on your serving) Big red tomatoes – 3 Green chilies – 6 to 8 Fresh ginger and garlic paste 1 tablespoon of fish sauce 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce 1 tablespoon of red chili sauce 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce 1 tablespoon of cornflour Szechuan pepper – 8 to 10 pieces Green herb of your choice (used Asian chives here) Salt Directions to cook: Clean the crabs thoroughly. Add the crabs, sliced tomatoes …

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Recipe | Pork Innards Cooked Naga Style with King Chilli

Today we have a special dish from Nagaland with a taste that is hard to beat: Pork Innards! Made with simple ingredients and easy to follow steps, it is sure to give a kick to your taste buds – with the strong flavor of Naga spices, and the many textures of the innards meat. Recipe contributed by our friend Inali Jane.  Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 kg of pork innards consisting of heart, portion of liver, intestines, gut, and spleen with fats attached. Sichuan pepper  (slightly toasted and grounded) Handful of organic cherry tomatoes (you can use regular tomatoes as well) 1 fresh King Chili 4 chopped Lemongrass stems (1 used for garnishing) Fresh Ginger Garlic paste  Salt to taste Spice Ingredients (L-R clockwise): Fresh lemongrass, Sichuan pepper, fresh ginger, cherry tomatoes, garlic Directions to Cook (Cooking time: 60 – 80 mins) Clean the innards thoroughly with hot water, and chop them into pieces – of similar size Add the king chili, a small portion of the ginger garlic paste and salt to the innards, and cook over medium flame. Do not …

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Recipe of “Uti Thongba” Manipur’s Favorite Vegetarian Dish – Contributed by Tushar

No grand feast in Manipur is complete without ‘Uti thongba.’ Uti thongba is a classic manipuri vegetarian dish and there is a variety of how the locals cook and it is enjoyed as a main dish or even a side dish with your favourite meat curry . Today our contributor Tushar from Manipur shares his favorite type of Uti Thongba called ‘Usoi Mangan uti’ (Whole grain with fresh bamboo shoot uti). Read on to find out how to make it! Cooking time: 40-50 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups of overnight soaked dry peas 1 cup of sliced bamboo shoots 2-3 tbs of mustard oil 1 tsp fenugreek seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 4 green chilies 1 bay leaf 1 and a half serving spoons of chopped chives 1 and a half serving spoons of chopped winter leek 3/4 tsp of salt 3/4 tsp of sodium bicarbonate. Ingredients: Clockwise(L-R) Sliced fresh bamboo shoot, chopped chives, and Overnight soaked dry peas Clockwise (Top R-L) Bay leaf, Cumin seeds, Green chilies, oil, Sodium bicarbonate and salt Directions to cook : Heat …