Representational image through iStock: Tenga, Assamese fish curry
Sticky rice, bamboo shoots and the notoriously warm ‘bhut jolokia’ chilly pepper: the first Assamese tribalmeals pop-up inside the eastern town promises to be a true gastronomic adventure thru the hills of the Northeastern nation. provided by way of Gitika Saikia, a Mumbai-based Northeast food curator who hails from Assam’s Sonowal Kachari community, the three hour-lengthy pop-up on January 31 will make you stepfrom your consolation area.
“these aren’t your primary jeera-dhaniya (cumin-coriander) based dishes. So, please include an open mind,”referred to Gitika.
a combination of Sonowal and Bodo delicacies, the pop-up comprises four sections: On arrival drink, mains, accompaniments and cakes. On arrival, black tea will be served with selfmade pithas (rice desserts) and in mains, vegetarian and non-vegetarian alternatives are on the menu.
Take your pick from ‘Lai Xaak Gahori’ (a red meat dish), Guti Alu Aru Tita Phool Bhaji (child potatoes stir-fried with pink bitter vegetation), Til Maas (a thick gravy dish of river fish cooked in black sesame with a touch of herbs) and Hukan Khorisa, Masala Paat Bhut Jolokia Gahori (a dry instruction of beef with smoked bamboo shoot, bhut jolokia and Arunachali herbs).
For chook fans, there’s Rongalau Murgi (gentle pieces of bird cooked with ripe pumpkin to perfection)while Lau Khar (bottlegourd and masur dal cooked with natural alkali and flavoured with Assamese coriander) fulfills the need for lentils.
The pop-up gives rice alternatives: Bhat (steamed simple rice) and Tupula Bhat (sticky rice). treat your selfto Kola Bora Payokh (black sticky rice pudding cooked in thickened milk) for some sugary indulgence.however make certain to flavor the accompaniments: Misa Maas Aru Bhut Jolokia chutney (shrimps Bhut Jolokia chutney) and home made bamboo shoot pickle. Bhut Jolokia is one of the global‘s freshest coldpepper.
“The form of meals i’m curating for Kolkata is exotic and now not top notch–wonderful (duck meat) that’sin demand in Mumbai. that is an advent to Assamese tribal meals and that i need to look how humansreact in Kolkata,” Gitika stated, clarifying the meals one tastes in towns like Guwahati is extra urbanized andnow not the proper tribal cuisine.
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