Nagaland has various tribes and cultures, so, is the diversity when it comes to local foods and cuisines. This place is quite understated and underexplored but it is worth exploring. And, while you are exploring this place, why not to try for their local foods and cuisines. This land of Festivals might have a lot of dishes in its place that will satisfy your tastebuds. So, you can make a list of what dishes you want to try right away.
Here is the list of some of the best local food and cuisines of Nagaland.
What do you want to say about a snail delicacy? Yes, you heard it right. Nagaland is famous for snail meat. It is usually mixed with pork dishes. Perilla seeds are roasted and grounded and then mixed with the paddy field snails. They also mix pork and axone to it for rich flavorful taste.
You know every culture has a side dish that is more of a permanent dish that accompanies every lavish and simple delicacy you cook. So, Nagaland has one too. The boiled vegetable is the one. This dish literally accompanies every dish in Nagaland. It generally consists of spinach, beans, carrots, Colocasia leaves, etc.
People of Nagaland has a unique way to make beer at home. They have learned the technique of fermentation and with the use of this technique, they make rice beer at home. They used it to make pickles as well. It looks like whitish and has a porridge-like texture to it. It is famous mostly in the Angami tribe of Nagaland. You can enjoy the naga food along with gulping down Zutho.
Ghost Chilli Sauce/ Chutney
Are you a fan of spicy food? There is one such special dish that will make your eyes water with its spiciness. However, the sharp spiciness won’t last long. They make special chili sauce or chutney that can be used as a dip or can be put in the food. It is meant to enhance its flavors and it rightfully does. If you can sustain the taste of ghost chilli, then go ahead and try it out.
If you love smoked seafood, then the one cooked in bamboo will surely be drool-worthy for you. They fill the hollow bamboo tubes with fishes and spices. They let it smoke over the fire. The hint of bamboo flavor tastes the best. Once the fishes are cooked, they are ready to be eaten. You can enjoy the fishes just like that without any side dish or dips as the spices are enough.
So, these were a few local foods and cuisines that were strange yet sounds interesting to try on. However, there are some honorable mentions such as bushmeat/ dog meat, Aikibeye, Samathu, Fermented dry fish, Roasted Intestines, Anishi (dry colocasia stems, and leaves), Axone (fermented soybean), and so on. These are also some of the unique foods of Nagaland. Apart from this, pork dishes are also famous. They cook pork in many different styles and ways. If you are a fan of one such meat, then you should probably explore the taste of Nagaland.