Food Tourism in Eastern region of India (Part – 4)

Food Tourism in Eastern region of India (Part – 4)

Posted by Marine2Alpine on Friday, 19th April 2024.

Food in the eastern part of India is believed to be one of the oldest cuisines in the country. India’s eastern region is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and cuisines. The region comprises of states such as West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Each state has its own unique culinary identity and offers a wide range of dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

 The most popular dishes from each state of the eastern region which are must-try:

1. West Bengal: is a very popular state that will take you on a gastronomic journey through the region’s diverse cuisines. You can consider visiting cities such as Kolkata, Darjeeling, Siliguri, Howrah, and Bardhaman. Rosogulla: A traditional sweet that is usually served at the end of a meal, like many other Indian milk-based desserts. It is prepared from chhena paneer dumplings and semolina dough, cooked together in a sugary syrup.

2. Sikkim: The cuisine of Sikkim is a blend of Nepalese, Tibetan, and native Sikkimese food, and it is known for its unique flavors and spices. Momo: A popular dumpling dish that is believed to have originated in Tibet and modified by Nepalese cuisine. It is made with a filling of ground meat, tofu, or cheese, and is typically served with a spicy tomato sauce.

3. Odisha: Odia cuisine is a melange of varied items and practices, majorly influenced by the food of North India, Bengal, and Assam. Rice is the staple food of Odisha with mustard oil used as a cooking medium in many households. Chungdi Malai: A delicious creamy prawn curry made with coconut milk and mild spices. It is best served with steamed basmati rice.

4. Bihar: Bihar is known for its rich and diverse cuisine. Some of the popular dishes from Bihar include Litti Chokha, Chandrakala, Chana Ghugni, Khaja, Mutton, Kesar Peda, Laung-Latika, Sattu Sharbat, Parwal ki Mithai, Gur Anarsa, Malpua and many more.

5. Assam: Assam is known for its rich and diverse cuisine. Some of the popular dishes from Assam include Duck Meat Curry (Hanhor Mangkho), Maasor Tenga (tangy Fish curry), Aloo Pitika, Xaak aru bhaji (herbs and vegetables), Ou Tenga, Paror Mangxo (Pigeon meat curry), and Silkworm.

6. Meghalaya:  The popular dishes from Meghalaya include Jadoh, Doh-Khlieh, Nakham Bitchi, Pumaloi, Doh-Neiiong, and Tungrymbai.

7. Manipur: The popular dishes from Manipur include Chamthong or Kangshoi, Eromba, Morok Metpa, Singju, and Ngari.

8. Nagaland: There is no denying the fact that Nagaland has unique cuisine compared to other Indian states, from silk worms to ghost pepper. If you are a foodie looking for a grub in Nagaland, the state provides a plethora of dishes that may look bland but are full of flavors. Some popular foods are Zutho, Bamboo shoot, Bushmeat, Hinkejvu, Samathu, Fish in Bamboo, Akini, Aikibeye, Black Sticky rice pudding and Axone.

9. Mizoram: cuisine is known for its use of locally-sourced ingredients such as bamboo shoots, wild mushrooms, and a variety of greens and herbs. Rice is the staple food of Mizoram, while Mizos love to add non-vegetarian ingredients in every dish. Fish, chicken, pork and beef are popular meats among Mizos. Some of the poplar dishes from Mizoram Bai: This is one of the most popular dishes of Mizoram. The key factor of this dish is that is prepared using lots of locally available herbs and spices. The main ingredients include pork, bamboo shoots and steamed vegetables.

10. Tripura: Tripura is a blend of local and neighboring influences. Rice, fish, and meat are the primary components of Tripura’s cuisine, and it is renowned for its vast biodiversity and agricultural methods. Some of the popular dishes of Tripura you can try are Panch Phoron Tarkari, Muya Awandru, Muya Bai, Mosdeng Serma, and Chutney Mosdeng.

11. Arunachal Pradesh: This place is known for its diverse and unique cuisine. Rice is the staple food of Arunachal, and any other food is just a side dish. They prefer to cook their rice in the hollow bamboo over some hot coal to give it a different flavour that other types of rice. Some of the popular dishes are Bamboo Shoot, Pika Pila, Lukter, Pehak, Smoked Meat, Apong, Marua, Koat Pitha. Every dish in Arunachal Pradesh is incomplete without a bamboo shoots.

The nature of travel is evolving nowadays. It is not just exploring new places but to seek out culinary experiences to broaden ones understanding of a culture or lifestyle while travelling.  Food tourism is becoming an integral part of travel. 

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