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Christmas special: Recipes from Nagaland

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
Last updated on: December 22, 2017 16:44 IST
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We bring you traditional Christmas recipes from Nagaland.

Pork with bamboo shoot

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." 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method: 

  • 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

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 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 

Method:

  • 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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