Top 7 delicacies from Northeast India
Northeast India, or the Seven Sister States as they are fondly called, comprises the seven picturesque states—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. As picturesque these states are and as beautiful its people, the Northeast Indian cuisine does not lag behind in its variety and delectability. We bring you one delicious dish from all these 7 states… so let the droolfest begin!
Thukpa: Thukpa, a noodle soup, originated in Tibet but is now one of the most famous foods in Northeast India, especially Arunachal Pradesh. It generally contains chilli powder, masala and noodles dunked in gram and pea soup, and it’s beautifully tinged with a hot and spicy flavour.
Tenga: Fish lovers, rejoice! Tenga is a sour and light fish dish, especially famous in Assam. Fish is fried in mustard oil, or curried with bottle gourd or spinach, and is made tangy by adding tomatoes or lemon to the mix.
Eromba: For those with a fondness for tasty, spicy but simple food, Eromba, a Manipuri classic, may just be for you. It basically contains a lot of seasonal veggies boiled or steamed with a lot of red chillies, smoked or roasted fish, which is then all mashed together.
Jadoh: A famous Meghalayan dish, Jadoh is a less oily and healthier variant of the pulav found in other parts of the country. While you get vegetarian versions of the Jadoh, the non-vegetarian version is usually packed with pork on a base of ambrosial rice.
Bai: If you find yourself in Mizoram, don’t forget to get a taste of the famous dish, Bai. Usually made of boiling spinach, pork and bamboo shoot, this is one yummy and unique dish, best had with rice.
Momos: While in the Northeast, Nagaland is where you’ll get the real deal where Momos are concerned. You will find several versions of Momos here… be it vegetarian, non-vegetarian, steamed or fried and are served with a spicy tomato-based chutney.
Mosdeng: This is a very popular Tripuri dish made of raw chillies. It’s prepared by mixing together raw chillies and a kind of dried fish called Berama and other meats and vegetables.
Now that you have the ‘must-eat’ list, you should start prepping up for your long Northeast vacation!