Assam is an Eastern state in the Indian subcontinent sharing international borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan. The cuisine of Assam goes way above what is locally available in most of the places just like Assam’s landscape having its unique topography. Assamese cuisine is influenced by South East Asia countries having very basic ingredients turned into something interestingly tasteful dishes. Most of the vegetables are home grown in Assam thus the freshness of the dish gives the flavours more meaning.
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Outenga diya dail
This is a dish that is a variant of Dal tadka. The Dal is cooked in a traditional hot vessel and chunks of Elephant apples with are sour in taste are mixed, giving this simple dish a tingle to your taste buds.
Rice being the staple food, Poita Bhat is a traditional dish in which fermented rice is prepared from leftover rice. It’s prepared in a simple method of frying the vegetables like onions, potatoes, some chillies to add up the spice and a pinch of salt according to their liking. Poita Bhat, once known as the Poor man’s breakfast, has now got a spotlight in the culinary world with various varieties.
This dish is a vegetable side dish prepared by crushing the jackfruit seeds or by boiling and roasting them in hot ashes and then added in a vessel with mashed chilies. It’s every Assamese delight to have this dish as it is not only easy to prepare but also full of flavours.
Aloo Pitika is a traditional side dish which forms an integral part of the Assamese thali without which the thali is left incomplete. The boiled potatoes are mashed to which are added chillies, onions, mustard, chopped ginger and coriander leaves. This dish can be further enhanced by mixing fish, eggplant and tomatoes to give it a unique bite.
Koldil Murgi in Assam
Koldi Murgi is chicken cooked with banana flower. Filled with nutrition like iron and dietary fibres and freshly grown vegetables which are locally available this dish gives the best flavour absorbed by the chicken.
Baah Gaaj Bhoot Jolokia di Gahori
This is what defines the cuisine of Assam, Baah Gaaj Bhoot Jolokia di Gahori is a traditional dish of Assam which is Pork boiled along with fermented bamboo shoots, King chilli ( Bhoot Jolokia) and other spices providing an exotic flavour which is prepared in every celebration. This dish is not for people who hate spicy flavour.
Patot diya maas
Most of the dishes locally prepared don’t have any kind of decorative toppings and the only garnish is chillies. Though Patot diya maas doesn’t look appetising, one bite of this flavoured dish will captivate your soul to it. This dish is totally worth it as the tiny freshwater fish are thoroughly cleaned and mixed with aromatic spices and herbs wrapped in a banana leaf and left to steam thus making it a healthy yet scrumptious meal.
This is a sweet dish prepared which requires skills. The rice cake is filled with black sesame seeds and jaggery giving the dish its sweetness. Til Pitha best goes with a cup of hot Assamese Tea.
Paiyoh is Assamese version of kheer cooked only during special occasion which is prepared by using Jobs rice mixed with milk and sugar. Other condiments like bay leaves, cinnamon and dry fruits like cashew nuts and raisins are added.