Nestled at the eastern end of India, endowed with lofty silver peaks and emerald forest ranges are the Seven Sisters. Yes – the 7 North Eastern states of India and their magnificence is what I’m talking about. Often known as unspoilt gems of the Himalayan ranges, these states are popular for their tribal inhabitants, diverse culture and picturesque sights.
For a traveler, a trip across the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram, can definitely turn out to be memorable experience.
Whether you are an adventure-junkie or a photography-enthusiast, these wonderlands will surprise you at every turn. And food – how can we miss out on this one? If you are someone who travels for the love of food, North East India is waiting for you to tap in.
Being a foodie traveler, I know how the mere sight of scrumptious delicacies and the fragrance of exotic herbs can make you drool. How can go ever enjoy a vacation without trying the authentic cuisine of a place? To me it seems nearly impossible. Especially when it comes to the North-Eastern food; the delicacies are something to die for. Don’t believe me? Go through this list of 7 lip-smacking dishes and see for yourself!
Note: Please keep some tissues handy. You are going to end up salivating by the time you finish reading.
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“Ah! That’s my every day evening snack.” Is that what you just said? With momos stalls set-up across the nation, you certainly don’t need to travel all the away to North-East India. Rethink this one! To relish the authentic taste of these steamed dumplings, you might just have to. It is the favorite food of the North-East, which is arguably the king of street food in India today. Picture yourself gulping down a platter of steaming momos filled with tofu, meat, or spinach on a rainy day amidst the marvelous mountains; not to forget that spicy and tangy chutney.
Bamboo Steamed Fish
Straight from the tribal state of Nagaland, the Bamboo Steamed Fish is a delightful dish for the fish-lovers. The first time you sink your teeth into this, it might taste bland but gradually you’ll be able to savour the delicate bamboo flavour. Freshly ground Raja Mirchi is used as the main flavour enhancer. Enjoy this with some steamed rice!
This is an Assamese dish that you will absolutely love if you are a vegan. Prepared from raw papaya and pulses, this dish has an exotic flavour as dried banana ashes are used in its preparation. A perfect lunch main-course dish to enjoy.
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For non-vegetarians, North-East has an entire string of wonderful dishes. Poora haah or Roasted Duck is one of the most popular of these. It makes an appetizing meal as a whole duck is roasted by marinating it with special herbs and spices. Rice and roasted potatoes make the best side-kicks with this dish.
This one belongs to Mizoram and is one yummy dish that you must try eating while on a vacation to this beautiful Eastern state. It is chewy dish that is made from smoked pork, fresh green leafy veggies and lots of chilies. Locally grown herbs are used to add an authentic flavour to this dish.
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Treat yourself with this soupy dish while on an Assam exploration spree. It is a yummy fish-based noodle soup that has a spicy and aromatic taste. It is a flavoursome concoction of gravy and noodles that will tickle the spicy side of your palate.
North-Eastern cuisine is a blessing for the sea-food lovers, I must say. Iromba is a Manipuri dish that is made from mashed potatoes, fermented fish, fresh leafy vegetables and a lot of chilies. An excellent side-dish to order with your evening meal.