Uttarakhand Food: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cuisines of Kumaon and Garhwal

In an old wooden house in Bhatoli, a small village a few kilometres away from Mussoorie, Kiran, the sarpanch’s young daughter-in-law is cooking us breakfast. Bhatoli is a relatively prosperous village. The villagers here largely depend on the maize they grow for food and fodder. Yet, the food here-as in all regions of Uttaranchal-remains simple, basic fare. Whatever is locally grown is consumed: There is no complex spicing, no rich ingredients and even the feasts are relatively simple. It is ironical then that so much of what has been part of the…

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Nagaland Food: A Beginner’s Guide to this Northeast Indian Cuisine

When it comes to food, there are so many endearing qualities about the Nagas. And I particularly love my Naga friends for many culinary reasons. In their company, one gets to eat really yummy food. Nagas are hospitable and they are known for their large heartedness. Land up in any Naga home – back in Nagaland or, in any metro cities where they are increasingly making a presence, they will manifest their hospitality on the table so much so that it’s hard to resist not over eating. They can cook a…

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