It is very much true what they say, ‘Action speak louder than words’. It really a great job you do of telling her I Love You every hour or sending her cute e-greetings or emojis all through the day on WhatsApp; but it will be something out of this world for her if you would surprise her with her homeland’s food that she may so badly miss… Either cook some of these extremely drool-worthy fare or buckle yourself to find a local restaurant which may serve these delicacies… And make this Valentine’s a grand and most memorable celebration for her. Now, that’s a sweet way to show her how much you love her. 🙂
1. Kumurat Diya Hanhor Mangxo
This duck meat cooked with bottle gourd, spiced up with whole spices especially crushed black pepper, is reserved for special occasions.
Pitha is basically rices pastry with different variations such as til pitha (sesame seeds stuffed pitha) and nariyal pitha (shredded coconut filled pitha).
The most important part of any Assamese meal, it is a unique dish made with raw papaya, pulses and meat cooked in dried banana ashes which give it a distinct smoky flavor.
4. Ondla Jwng Khangkhrai Jwng
It is yummy crab curry cooked in Bodo style.
5. Masor Tenga
A light and spicy fish dish, it is prepared with Ou Tenga (Elephant Apple) which is a sour fruit that renders it a tangy flavour.
A hot chutney made with charred fish, chopped onions and green and red chillie, that can be enjoyed with any North-Eastern dish.
It is a popular Meghalayan alcoholic drink that is brewed from fermenting rice. It adds a sparkle to all local festivals.
This aromatic dish, prepared in Khasi style is made with pork and rice. No ceremony is complete without this scrumptious plate-full.
This colourful dish is made by stir frying thinly sliced pork and bamboo shoot. The distinct smokiness in it is very palatable.
This zestful porridge made with millet flour and boiling water steams with with varied spices. It is eaten with roasted meat and vegetables.
Apong is yet another refreshing drink from the North-East. It is a kind of liquor which is made by soaking rice in water over time. It is served in glasses made out of bamboo shoots.
Zu is a the name of a special tea prepared here. It is a creamy buttery drink which is a favourite with the locals.
13. Voksa Rep Chhum
It is chewy meat preparation that is seasoned with fresh herbs. It has lots of flavors and garden fresh greens.
Sanpiau is a popular snack in Mizoram which is a mix of rice porridge, spring onions, coriander paste, fish sauce, black pepper and fine rice powder.
Marked by a very pungent tastes this simple dish concocted using fermented fish, mashed potatoes, green leafy veges and hot red chillies is a must have Manipuri dish, taken as a side dish.
16. Nga Atoiba Thongba
The yummy melt in mouth fish stew is made with an assortment of vegetables including boiled potatoes, onions, chillies and chives and flavoured with bay leaves and cumin.
It is a very tasty sweet that is made with rice and mollases.
18. Aksa Kangam
It is a very aromatic and soft fish preparation which is traditionally cooked by steaming in bamboo shoot pots. It is flavored using Raja Mirchi and served with steamed rice.
19. Konkak Nuk-Nge and Galho
These are type of porridge or khichdi that are prepared using flaked rice, pulses, pork/meat and vegetables.
20. Anishi Lon
Prepared traditionally by steaming in bamboo shoot, this is a smoked pork dish combined with fermented yam leaves and the very fuming spiciest chillies known as Raja Chillies.
21. Amerso and Anoi
These are two variants of very popular and delectable chicken fare.
The famous momos are a favourite with everyone in almost all parts of India now. But in Sikkim these are traditionally prepared by steaming in pots made of bamboo shoot which gives it a distinct earthy flavour.
23. Tibetan Thupka/ Gyathuk
Very similar to the Tibetan noodle soup, Thupka or Gyathuk is a Sikkimese delicacy prepared noodles, vegetables, spices and can be with or without meat.
Tchang is a type of beer which is prepared with millet. It has a peculiar taste and may taste like an odd variant of lassi or chhach.
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