Orissa Sweet Khichdi

Orissa — Mitha Khechudi & Mitha Dali

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 21 State: Orissa Dish: Mitha Khechudi & Mitha Dali (Sweet Khichdi with Sweet Dal) Today we are going to Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, located in the east coast of India. Orissa shares a border with Andhra Pradesh, but I never had a chance to visit it. My dad went there for work years ago and brought back a souvenir from Konark Sun Temple. I’ve seen his pictures at Puri Jagannath temple and Bhubaneshwar. That’s the most I knew about Orissa. Odisha has culinary tradition spanning centuries. I was really surprised to read…

Nagaland — Betang Meh (Kidney Beans with mustard greens & ginger)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 20 State: Nagaland Dish: Betang Meh (Kidney Beans with mustard greens & ginger) Fourth North eastern sate in a row, today we are going to Nagaland. Nagaland is one of the smallest states in India. Nagaland is largely mountainous state. There are 16 main tribes in Nagaland and each tribe has its own unique language, customs and cooking styles. Naga cuisine features meats and fish, which are often smoked, dried or fermented. A typical Naga table consists of a meat dish, a boiled vegetable dish or two, rice and a chutney. Some common…

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…

Kerala — Appam with Vegetable Stew

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 14 State: Kerala Dish: Appam with Kerala Stew From Karnataka, we are going a little south to the beautiful state of Kerala. Kerala is known as God’s Own Country because of the beautiful beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and breathtaking scenic views. It is one of the fastest growing tourist destination in the world. Kerala is the first state in India to be recognized as a completely literate state. Kerala has a large number of Hindu temples and the temples have unique traditions. We visited some of the temples and hill stations when we…