8 North-East dishes you will want to travel for

All that is fresh and zesty, flavours and fragrances from local herbs and your favourite bits borrowed from Chinese and Tibetan cuisines is what makes the food of the North-East stand-out from all that’s cooking around it. Even the most elaborate of delicacies are prepared with mildest spices and simpler cooking styles, and most often with the freshest catch from your own pond along with sips of local brews. These are also the most organic and the healthiest that the Indian platter offers, with minimal oil and seasonal ingredients.

1. Assam Steamed Local Grouper

Assam Steamed Local grouper (Source)

Assam Steamed Local grouper (Source)

If you are looking for delicious, sumptuous and cheap fishes then Assam steamed local grouper is something that you must try. One of the most popular dishes among the tourists, this steamed grouper is packed full of sourness from tamarind, spicy chilly and thick sauce.

2. Tenga

Tenga and rice from Assam.

Tenga and rice from Assam.

Fish and rice are indispensable part of a proper meal in Assam and the  mouth-watering, aromatic dishes prepared with fishes can heighten your delight. Tenga (sour fish), one of the most popular dishes of Assam which is generally prepared with tomatoes and/or sour palak, is loved for it’s unique flavor and aroma. Try and tell!

3. Paanch Phoron Tarkari


Panch Phoron Tarkari (Source)

While non-vegetarian dishes are very prominent in north-east, vegetarians need not worry. Here is a startling dish made with vegetables for you. Cooked in spicy gravy seasoned with special five spices Paanch Phoron Tarkari is truly a healthy and nutritious dish, every ingredient used in the dish adds to it’s richness, flavor and color. You can have it with rice or chapati.

4. Thukpa

Egg Thukpa - Noodles Served in a soup

Egg Thukpa (Source)

Thukpa is a noodle-based soup with vegetables or meat popular in Sikkim and relished in the entire north east. Thupka is usually popular with meat but it can also be prepared with vegetables for pure veggies

5. Roasted Duck

Roasted Duck

Roasted Duck (Source)

Roasted duck, locally known as Poora haah, is another delicious dish from the hills of North-east for non-vegetarians. The duck as whole is roasted and you can have it either with rice or roasted potatoes to satiate your appetite.

 6. Bamboo Shoot Fry

Bamboo Shoot Fry (Source)

Bamboo Shoot Fry (Source)

If you are nutrition conscious then this crispy delicious dish is a must for you as bamboo shoots are low in fats and cholesterol contents and very high in potassium, carbohydrates and dietary fiber which is beneficial in various types of stomach disorders. Irresistibly tasty and crispy, this dish is often served as a starter and the best part is that you don’t have to compromise on taste

7. Grilled Shrimps

Shrimp Sandwhich

Shrimp Sandwich (Source)

If you are a non-vegetarian then there is a great number of dishes available for you in North-east! One such dish is Grilled Shimps which is considered to be one of the best dishes by the locals as well as the tourists. Eat to your heart’s content!

 8. Momos

Tibetan Momos

Tibetan Momos (Source)

Don’t forget to taste the most favorite fast food of North-East. The much famous momos (dumplings), served and consumed in almost all parts of the country, is traditional delicacy of Sikkim. You can try different varieties of momos with meat. cheese, vegetable and tofu fillings in north-east and still you just can’t have enough of them!

The list takes a rather unconventional turn in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. With an adventurous platter, this state, offers dog, cats, spiders, crabs, beefs and even elephants on the menu for a variety like no other.

With a flattered appetite, find more reasons to visit the North East today at Holidify.com. And did your first bite into the traditional delicacies leave you asking for more? There is only more to relish, with upcoming blogs on foods from all over India.



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