Mizoram — Chhum Han (Steamed Mixed Vegetables)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 19 State: Mizoram Dish: Chhum Han (Steamed Mixed Vegetables) We are onto the 5th North eastern state that is one of the Seven sister states of the North Eastern India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya being the other four that I explored already). Mizoram, literally means ‘land of hill people’. It is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. Majority of Mizoram’s population consists of several ethnic tribes who are either culturally or linguistically linked. These ethnic groups are collectively known as Mizos. Cuisine: The cuisie of Mizoram differs from that…

Meghalaya — Vegetarian Jadoh (with Tofu)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 18 State: Meghalaya Dish: Jadoh We move onto the next North eastern state of Meghalaya today. The name means ‘the abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit. Just the name makes me think of beautiful sky kissing moutains and luscious greenery and breathtaking landscapes. Coming back to reality, about one-third of the state is forested and the forests are notable for biodiversity of mammals, birds and plants. It was previously part of Assam, but formed a new state in 1972. Tribal people make up the majority of Meghalaya’s population. The Khasis are the largest group,…

Manipuri Spicy Chickpea snack

Manipur — Kelli Chana (Spicy Chickpea snack)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 17 State: Manipur Dish: Kelli Channa We are going to Manipur, one of the seven sister states in the North Eastern India. Manipuri cuisine is simple, organic and healthy. Dishes are typically spicy foods that use chili pepper rather than garam masalas. Most of the dishes do not use oil for cooking. The staple diet of Manipur consists of rice, variety of leafy vegetables and fish. Manipuris typically raise vegetables in a kitchen garden and rear fishes in small ponds around their house. They cook dishes based on the seasonal produce and the…

Jammu & Kashmir — Palak Nadir (Spinach & Lotus Stem Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 11 State: Jammu & Kashmir Dish: Palak Nadir Jammu & Kashmir is located in the Northern tip of India. It is mostly located in the Himalayan mountains and has international borders with China and Pakistan. Jammu & Kashmir consists of Jammu, Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital and Jammu is the winter capital. Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape and Jammu is famous for the numerous shrines that attracts Hindu pilgrims. Ladakh is known as Little Tibet and is renowned for its remote moutain beauty and Buddhist…

Jammu & Kashmir — Palak Nadir (Spinach & Lotus Stem Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 11 State: Jammu & Kashmir Dish: Palak Nadir Jammu & Kashmir is located in the Northern tip of India. It is mostly located in the Himalayan mountains and has international borders with China and Pakistan. Jammu & Kashmir consists of Jammu, Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital and Jammu is the winter capital. Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape and Jammu is famous for the numerous shrines that attracts Hindu pilgrims. Ladakh is known as Little Tibet and is renowned for its remote moutain beauty and Buddhist…

Himachal Pradesh — Auriya Kadoo (Pumpkin/ Butternut squash in Mustard sauce)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 10 State: Himachal Pradesh Dish: Auriya Kadoo Himachal Pradesh is a tsate in North India. It is famous for its scenic landscapes and aabundant natural beauty. The literal meaning of the state’s name is In the lap of Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is a multireligional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like other Indian states. Some of the most commonly spoken languages are Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Dogri etc., The state has both Hindu communities as well as tribal communities. Cuisine: Day-to-day food of Himachal Pradesh is very similar to the rest of the North…

Haryana — Bajre ki Roti & Paneer Do Pyaza

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 9 State: Haryana Dish: Bajre ki Roti & Paneer Do Pyaza Haryana is a state in North India. It came into existence on 1 November 1966 as a newly created state carved out of Punjab state on the basis of language. Haryana is a leading contributor to the country’s production of foodgrain and milk. Agriculture is the leading occupation for the residents of the state. Cuisine: Haryana’s cuisine is very similar to that of Punjab, since it was a part of Punjab. With the availability of milk in abundance, milk products like paneer…