In case you are a foodie and love to try new cuisines, the Assamese cuisine should be in your bucket list. No, we are not talking about the infamous boiled silkworm recipes here, but some really lip-smacking dishes that is worth your tummy binge.
This cuisine is a confluence of cooking habits of the hills that favour fermentation and drying along with the plains with consuming fresh vegetables and an abundance of fish and meat. There are a few must-try dishes, BTW thank us later!
If you are in Assam, make sure you have tasted this dish. Khar is prepared with raw papaya, pulses and other ingredients. They are then filtered in water through dried banana peel’s extract. It is similar to sodium bicarbonate. Its aroma adds taste to the dish.
Assam is a predominantly fish-eating state with 90 per cent of its population being fish eaters. Icing of the cake is the delicious delicacies made with the item. Masor Tenga in Assam is not just a dish it is also an emotion. Great for summer, this dish is made of fish with slices of tomato/lemon/elephant apple.
Assam loves xaak, green veggies and one of the top lists would be fiddlehead fern or dhekia xaak. This vegetable commonly grows in the hilly regions of the Northeast. The Assamese love to have this vegetable cooked with tomatoes, lentils or just simple stir fry.
Be is aloo, begena or egg, Assamese folks love to have this dish with rice. Most importantly one can find this in an Assamese thali as a side dish. It is prepared with mashed potatoes or with mashed eggplant, mixed with raw mustard oil, finely chopped green chillies and onions.
Banana flower is one of the super foods in Assam. People love to have it with finely chopped duck, chicken or fish. Banana flower has amazing health benefits like it reduces free radical activity, manages diabetes, anaemia and is full of antioxidants.
Haah with Kumura Aanja
Dont drool, this lip-smacking dish is one of the must-haves while you are in Assam. The people here love to consume the duck meat locally called haah with white gourd. This dish is usually heavily spiced, but delicious at the same time.
Smoked pork with bamboo shoot
A simple but delicious style of pork dish is one of the most loved dishes in Assam. The smoked pork is cooked by adding enough water covering the meat, with salt to taste, broken dry red chillies. Add some chilly sauce and add the soaked dry bamboo shoot along with the water. Bring it to a boil, the dish is ready to taste.
Patot dia maas
Fish steamed in banana leaves is a delicacy you should not miss. This dish is quite popular during Assamese festivities and weddings. Fishes are wrapped and steamed in banana leaf, and later garnished with chopped onion, coriander and fresh green chillies.
In case you have sweet tooth, this dish is a relish and is considered to be an important traditional delicacy. Mostly eaten during the Bihu festivities, it is made out of moist flattened rice mixed with curd, cream and jaggery is a local favourite.
Pork with Laai Xaak
Assamese, have a soft corner for pork and they love to have this meat with mustard greens. The dish is cook with finely chopped pork mixed with mustard greens with very less amount of mustard oil.
Guwahati | Edited by: Arpita Das | First Published: March 6, 2019