Kolkata’s Macher jhol, Bihar’s Litti Chokhaa or Nagaland’s Zutho, ever since international dishes have made their way to Indian restaurants and cafes, we’ve almost forgotten the taste of these local, authentic dishes. So here are some dishes from East India that you must definitely try once in your life.
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1. Litti Chokhaa
Litti happens to be one of the most popular dishes of Bihar. These are wheat flour dumplings that are stuffed with sattu and are cooked over a grill. It's known for its smokey taste and eaten with eggplant mash on the side.
You could say that this Bihar's version of momos. Dal Peetha is made from rice flour and is stuffed with dal. It is then steamed or fried and served with pickle and some spices.
Khaar is a papaya curry to which any meat can be added to suit the taste. The mixture is then filtered through dried banana leaves which gives it a unique and an unexpectedly refreshing flavour. It is usually eaten with rice.
2. Pani Humuk
If you are someone who likes to try new and interesting dishes, then this might just be right up your alley. Pani Humuk is made from snails. For this, snails are fished out from fresh water and then cooked in a curry, or tossed with spices and served dry.
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Nagaland may not have been explored much, but if you get the opportunity to visit this state then do indulge in local food. Hinkejvu is made using arbi patta, cabbage. and mustard leaves. This green curry is a common sight in Nagaland households. It can be eaten with rice or even roti.
2. Smoked Pork In Akhuni
Nagaland is also known for its meaty dishes for which pork is a popular choice. The smoked meat is added to Akhuni, which is a byproduct of fermented soya beans.
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Zutho is a popular beer of Nagaland that is brewed locally. It is made by fermenting rice. The technique is quite similar to the way an idli batter is made. The beer has a whitish froth.
So next time you visit any of these states in the East of India, do not forget to try these dishes. Until then, stay safe, head out responsibly!