Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
After Manipur, let us travel to Meghalaya. Megha means “cloud”, aalayam means “place”, that is how the name Meghalaya should have been derived. Like the other North Eastern states, Meghalaya is also largely forested and Tribal people make up most of the population. And like the other North Eastern states, I had a tough time searching for a vegetarian recipe of the state as non-vegetarian was quite predominant. It was a breather when I found this simple salad on Sify from here. From Wiki – “The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. The capital is Shillong, known as the "Scotland of the East". Meghalayan cuisine is unique and different from other northeastern Indian states. Spiced meat is common, from goats, pigs, fowl, ducks, and cows. In the Khasi and Jaintia Hills districts, common foods include jadoh, ki kpu, tung-rymbai, and pickled bamboo shoots. Other common foods in Meghalaya include minil songa (steamed sticky rice), sakkin gata, and momo dumplings. Like other tribes in the northeast, the Garos ferment rice beer, which they consume in religious rites and secular celebrations”. After doing so many elaborate dishes for this BM, I wanted to do a simple one which is also easy and light on the stomach.. So I chose this delicious spicy salad which was very light and quite easy to make.. No cooking required and makes a great side. Have it with bread or soup for a light meal.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Now this week is so much with 4 North Eastern states in a row.. Oh that was a research monger… Had to do so much search and research. But I am so happy and excited with the learning. Let us start the travel with Manipur, tomorrow will be Meghalaya and then Mizoram and then Nagaland… So visiting the beautiful and picturesque Manipur today. Manipur is very famous for the Martial arts, dance, theatre and sculpture. One state and it has 29 different dialects spoken – wow!!! Also the state’s dance is very popular – Manipuri.. It is a treat to watch for sure… Click here for Youtube video of one such dance. Coming to today’s recipe, it is a delicious and easy breakfast. It is made during the Manipuri festival – Lai haraoba, which literally means “When Gods are happy”. This makes 8 - 10 chaak-hao tanns. I got this recipe from here and loved it.. Rolling the chaak hao tann was so easy, that my little daughter made 2 pieces. She was super excited to do it… Thanks to little hands for help!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today we are visiting the state of Central India. Madhya means middle and pradesh is place and I believe that the story behind the name of the state - Madhya Pradesh. This is a very refreshing and delicious drink. It is scotching summer here and what a better way to beat the heat other than a refreshing juice.. So chilling!!! I got this recipe from here. Shikanji is also popular in the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh also.. Since it is a simple post, I have shared some tricks of serving the juices in my post..
Monday, April 14, 2014
Come and travel with me to Kerala - Called as the "God's Own Country"... Kerala is a coastal state which has the highest literacy rate and lowest positive population growth rate in India. The state also has the highest human development index in the country. Kerala is very popular for the Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, cloves, cumin, Tea and seafood. It is very picturesque and beautiful place with a beautiful coast, many coconut trees and fertile greenery. The Cuisine of Kerala is linked to its richness to its history and culture. Rice and Tapioca are also popular. Coming to today’s recipe, it is a sweet dish made with ada, coconut milk and jaggery.. This delicacy is made during the Onam festival. Onam is a festival of harvest celebrated in Kerala and is celebrated during September. The flavor of coconut milk, jaggery and the aromatic spices are so heavenly. I got this recipe from a few places online… This is like the payasam we make for festivals and marriages. Loved the taste and was so excited to have made this authentic dish..
Wish you all a very Happy Tamil New Year… Iniya Tamizh Nalvazhthukkal… You can learn about Tamizh Puthandu here
இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்