We bring you traditional Christmas recipes from Nagaland.
Megovino Kehie shares her recipe for Pork with Bamboo Shoot.
“This dish is mostly prepared by the Angami Naga, a major tribe of Nagaland,” she says.
“The cuisine has been passed down from great ancestors. It is prepared on occasions like weddings, Christmas, harvest festival, etc.”
- 1 kg pork
- 1 tbsp washed and sliced bamboo shoot (baans ki kalli)
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 dried or fresh king chilly
- 3 tsp red chilli power
- Salt to taste
- Cut the pork into medium-sized pieces and place it in a cooking pot.
- Add salt, king chilly, chilli powder and enough water to immerse the pork.
- On a medium high flame, cook the meat, king chilly and chilli powder for 30 mins or until the pork is half cooked.
- Add the sliced bamboo shoot and stir the mixture.
- Add some water and cook the meat until it is cooked or the water has almost evaporated.
- Add in the ginger and garlic paste and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Make sure there is enough water in the dish so that it doesn’t burn.
- Add some more water and let it boil for 5 minutes. The curry formed should be medium thick. Serve hot with rice.
Tip: This dish is usually served dry, but you can add a cup of water with the remaining ingredients, if you want a gravy.
Chicken with Bamboo Shoot
Journalist and founder at Northeast Odyssey, Hoihnu Hauzel shares her secret recipe.
- 1 kg chicken
- 200 gm bamboo shoot
- ½ cup rice powder
- 2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
- 1½ tbsp chopped ginger
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- Clean chicken, cut into 2″ pieces and wash.
- Wash bamboo shoot and cut into 1″ pieces.
- Place 2 cups water in a pan and bring to boil over high heat.
- Add bamboo shoot, cover pan and cook over moderate heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes longer.
- Blend in rice powder and keep stirring.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and continue stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, till the chicken is cooked and gravy thickens.
Lead pic used for representational purpose only. Kind courtesy: Krista/Creative Commons
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