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Recipe| Wild Celery Cooked In Roasted Perilla Seed in Naga Style

We love our local vegetables (especially green leaves) the same way we love meat and here is another easy to cook recipe to add as a side dish with your favourite vegetarian thali or non -vegetarian thali and trust us, it won’t disappoint you .  In today’s recipe section , we will teach how to cook fresh local wild celery cooked in roasted perilla seeds . Cooking time : 20-30 minutes  Ingredients : Fresh bamboo shoot flesh (a handful) or depending on how much you are making Handful of wild celery 1 Tablespoon perilla seeds Couple of green chillies One cup of water Directions to cook : First boil water and green chilli. While they are boiling, roast perilla seeds and roughly crush them Once the bamboo shoot and green chillies are soft and cooked add the celery and salt and cook for 5-7 minutes or till water almost dries. Lastly, add the perilla seeds and take it off the flame Ready to eat with your favourite dish and local rice !

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This Gifted and Humble Singer Songwriter Talks about His Musician Family Roots | Meet Abdon Mech from Nagaland

Born into a family of four, where every other member is a musician including his  father, mother and sister, this humble 21 year old singer songwriter took his calling for music on a serious note just a year ago. Though a new entrant as an artist, his soulful rendition of melody and heartfelt lyrics makes him a star already. His voice can slide into the slow 70’s jazz while also gracefully blending into the peppy pop beats. We sat down to get personal with this young local talent from Nagaland to talk about his roots, musical inspirations and more. Hello Abdon, please introduce yourself. I am Abdon Mech from Thahekhu Village, Dimapur in Nagaland. I am 21 years old and an aspiring singer/songwriter. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in English and will be pursuing my Masters in the same soon. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? Music started very very late for me and unlike most stories, I did not grow up wanting/knowing to be a musician even though both my parents …

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Meet Gilbert Lotha Owner Of “Café Serrano” Nagaland ,Who Dares To Do More Than Just Dream Away

On one of his trips to Wokha, Nagaland , our R&L member Jungio made a visit to one of the earliest café around the vicinity -Café Serrano . He describes the cafe as an excellent backdrop for a Hollywood-esque dining setting with the orange tint of the dusk dancing off the porcelain plates and the stainless cutleries. R & L contributor sat down with Gilbert Lotha, chef and proprietor of the cafe talking about his journey , challenges , kitchen misadventures and more. What led you to become a chef and how was the journey? While doing my Advance Course in Continental Cuisine from Indus Institute of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management, Bangalore I was surprised to witness the level of insane dedication and undiluted passion for the culinary arts shown by the visiting foreign staffs which both challenged and nudged me into emulating the same level of professionalism and love for the culinary art. The journey from a student of the art to a business owner has been a long winding road for me personally- from …


Meet Vikhietuonuo Rutsa – Soulful Pianist and Music Teacher from Nagaland

“Music is the key to your soul” As cliché as it may sound, it is always going to be true! Music can trigger feelings and memories, and most importantly, can connect you to the self, the creator or even a stranger thousands of miles away from you. Today we have a sweet soul, who is a pianist, music teacher and youth leader. Vikhietuonuo Rutsa from Nagaland radiates peace and calm, and that you can feel very strongly in her music. We had a quick chat with the musical genius Vikhietuonuo Rutsa, to talk about what keeps her focused and optimistic, taking risks, and how to prepare for stage performances, as a beginner. Tell us something about yourself, and when did you start playing? Hi , my name is Vikhietuonuo Rutsa but my friends call me Vikhie or Vi. I’m 26 years old from Kohima – a Sociologist, a Musician, Youth Chairman and a Worship Leader at Baptist Mission Church, Kohima. “I started my first piano lesson when I was 10 from Miss Mhalevonuo Zhale. Later on only …

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Football Fans in Nagaland Gears Up For World Cup 2018

Northeast has always been open to the culture of sports and football has definitely been one of the most celebrated sports in this part of India. Nagaland has now rolled over to move a step ahead with the rest of the world in cheering for their favourite team this year and if you are a football fan, you would have surely noticed the houses hoisting the flags as well as cars passing by with proud waving flags of the country they are supporting. World Cup 2018 has definitely become a festivity rather than just a game. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 kicking in ,we spoke to some of the football fanatics from Nagaland sharing their memories from previous World Cup, and their thoughts on what is going to be the destiny for the team they are rooting for and more! Alem Aier, a teacher by profession, is a true Manchester United fan and says he is supporting Belgium this year. “My favourite memory last year was organizing the screening of final match at police point, …


Meet These Self-Taught Jewelry Makers from Nagaland

Remember Aben of “Aben Jewellery” – one of our first guests on Roots and Leisure? Thanks to people like her who has inspired many to follow her footstep and take up jewelry-making as a serious hobby and eventually turning it into a full blown venture from home. Over the last 2 years, we have seen hundreds of people joining this creative force to produce new forms of art in the form of handmade jewellery. Today our contributor Tiaren profiles some of them to understand the motivation behind their creative journey – and to take a peek into their collection. “After talking to some of my friends who have taken up jewellery-making as a hobby, I realize that one of the main motivations is to turn their innate talent and interest in creative art, from a hobby to now a means of financial security. It’s super inspiring to see how these talented determined individuals are taking their passion to the world by nurturing their love of all things local – especially their aesthetics taste, which can range from eccentric to minimalistic to over the top! …


Recipe | Naga Style Ilish Maach (Hilsa Fish) Cooked with Bamboo Shoot

Today we present to you your weekend recipe Traditionally Cooked Naga Styled Ilish Maas prepared by one of our favorite Recipe contributors, Kristi Kikon. Its one of the famous recipes that comes with flavors of bamboo shoot and Ilish fish and is the most simple way of enjoying your weekend dinner or lunch. Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes Ingredients: 1 kilo Ilish fish Fresh bamboo shoot 2 large tomatoes 8-10 green chillies 7-8 cloves of Garlic 800ml of water (you can add more if you want to have gravy) 3-4 tablespoon Refined Oil Salt to taste Medium size Kadai pan Directions to Cook: Roughly chop the fresh tomatoes and the green chillies. Also peel the garlic and keep aside In the open kadai pan, lay out the fish nicely and spread the tomatoes, green chillies and the bamboo shoot evenly. Add Refined Oil and salt to taste and pour about 850ml of water Cook the fish in medium flame until dry for about 30-35 minutes Evenly spread chopped coriander leaves and smashed garlic across the fish …


Rev Chang’s Hope Café – A Café For The Special Ones!

With cafes and food joints sprouting out like flowers in spring, it is almost easy to pick one out and do a story but it is during these blossoming times when we come across one that has a different story to tell. Here’s the tale on Hope Café and their secret ingredient that makes them stand out from the rest! Hope Café – This place is more than what meets the eye. It is a café that caters to and by those that we often tend to neglect.  The brainchild of Rev Achu Chang, an altruistic pastor for whom faith, kindness and hope are the special ingredients that one can put together to reach out to those in need and help the community develop and grow in strength. Tell us something about the Café Proprietor/Owner? Hope Café is owned by few young Naga entrepreneurs – all kinds of people,  educated, dropouts and differently-abled. It is initiated by Rev Achu Chang as one of the branches under Eden Enterprises and Ministry. the main purpose of this café …

Art Is Where His Passion Lies – Meet the Courageous Kekhrie Khamo

“In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait” ~ Francisco Goya Kekhrie Khamo from Kohima is an alliteration in itself to define the spectacular art that he creates through portraits and images he conjures on the canvas. Leaping from an academic-centric space into a world of artistic connection, was the courage he first drew. Now he draws images and hopes to inspire people from his art. Meet the 21-year-old who dares to draw. Share a little bit about who you are, where you’re from and what you’ve been up to? My name is Kekhrie Khamo and I am from Kohima, Nagaland. I am 21 years old and I am currently pursuing my Degree in Animation at Dr. Beltran’s School of Animation and Visual Wonder, Bangalore. My passion lies in art. Anything and everything related to art. It wasn’t easy pursuing my passion at an initial stage. I come from a small town and it is only natural that parents …


Ambrosia , Japanese Anime Theme Cafe | Nagaland

A new cafe/food joint is now a common sight in Dimapur. It sprouts up  almost every season, each with their own unique ideas and themes that we can’t help but keep an observant eye. Today, we introduce you to this adorable café by the name Ambrosia, a Japanese anime themed café which has become the talk of town not only because of the ambiance but also because of the delectable food served. This café is dedicated to all the anime lovers. Holohoto K Yepthomi, currently pursuing L.L.B from City Law College, Dimapur is the owner who has perfectly incorporated his love for Greek myth and Japanese anime into a space of aesthetically amazing café. As soon as you walk into the café, you will see characters from famous Japanese anime hung up on walls, drawn on boards and the transition moves from objects around to your food and right into your being! It is the perfect escape to anime-gination. Cafe culture is one of the current trends in Dimapur. “I am extremely delighted about the …