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6 Famous and Authentic Dishes of Assam

Chintu Das
Chintu Das
Masor Tenga

Assam, one of India's north-eastern states has its own distinct culture, lifestyle and dietary habits. Assamese cuisine is distinct and subtle in flavour. Now, if you are one of those who enjoy trying new meals and regional cuisines, you must travel to Assam and try their magnificent and delectable traditional cuisine, which will surely delight your taste buds. The recipes are distinguished by the fact that they prefer predominantly roasted and steamed foods. 

Rice is the state's major food, and there are many varieties available, including Joha, Saul bora, japonica, basmati, and others. Mustard oil is available in abundance throughout the state and is used in practically every dish. Bamboo shoots, jackfruits, bananas, olives, and other fruits and vegetables are commonly utilized. They enjoy food that isn't spicy but has a lot of other rich spices like cumin, coriander, mustard, ginger, garlic, fenugreek, panch foran, cardamom, and a few more. 

Bamboo shoots are commonly used to roast poultry and mutton, as well as to cook rice. Silkworm is Assam's most well-known and celebrated delicacy, and it is a must-try for anybody visiting the state. On special occasions, they also offer a variety of delicious sweet meals and sweets, like pithas, goor ka kheer (Goor payas), Coconut pithas (Narikol pitha), Coconut laddoos (Narikol laru), and many others. 

Assamese traditional cuisine is distinct, tasty, and delicious, and you will never forget it. Let's take a look at some delectable Assamese traditional local cuisine that you must try at least once in your life. 

Traditional Assamese Cuisine

Try these authentic food of Assam; 

Masor Tenga 

This recipe is non-vegetarian and ideal for the hot months. The term 'Tenga' means sour, and the sourness comes from the addition of tomatoes, dried mangosteen, lemon, raw mango, and elephant-apple. Although the meal isn't very seasoned, fenugreek, five mixed spices (panch phoran), and mustard seeds are added to provide flavour. It's a sour fish curry with a delicate flavour that's best served for lunch or dinner. It also aids in the digestion of food. 

Silk Worm Fry

Aloo Pitika 

This dish is straightforward, resembling mashed boiling potatoes with a dash of Assamese flair. It is a comfort food and relatively quick to create side dish made by mashing boiled potatoes and cooking in mustard oil with added slices of onions, salt, and coriander. 

Ouu tenga 

This chutney is made with boiled mashed elephant apple (Ouu) and jaggery and has a sweet and sour flavour. 

Duck meat curry 

This is yet another gem that can take your breath away with a single taste. It's served only on rare occasions. It's usually made with ash grounds, although it can also be made with sesame, lentils, or pumpkins. 

Silkworm 

Assam is notable for silkworms, as previously said. It's extremely tasty and crispy. Spices are added to the larvae during the cooking process to make it crispier. This is something that most tribal people have, and it is something that everyone should have. 

Khaar 

In the big traditional Assamese thali, it is considered the principal food item that must be included. The meal is non-vegetarian and is a meat delicacy made with raw papaya, taro, and pulses as the main ingredient. The following ingredients are then filtered through dried banana leaves to give it a distinct flavour. This particular meal is typically served with rice and is part of the lunch menu. 

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