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Food is not just all about the taste of mouth it is more than this. It expresses the feeling of culture and the mindset of the people belongs to it, whether it is Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Guwahati. As in the very same way Assamese food expresses, the feeling of Assamese people and the culture of this beautiful Indian state.

Today, as a way of helping you to explore the Assamese culture, we will share with you some tasty and some interesting food items from Assam.

assamese ethnic food

We believe these food items will bring a sweet smile on your face.

1. Pitha

When we talk about Assamese recipes, Pitha is the first name comes in front of our imagination. The chief ingredient to prepare this dish is Rice flour. In Assamese language, rice flour is called Pitha. This is why, all those recipes made with using rice flour, is called Pitha in Assam. There are several verities of Pitha's made from it by mixing various items.

At the present time, there are about 10-15 different verities of Pitha recipes available in the Assamese society.

They are:

  • Til Pitha (made by mixing melted Jaggery and Sesame seeds.
  • Tel Pitha (made through mixing Jaggery and frying in deep mustard oil)
  • Nangol Dhua Pitha (boiled through wrapping banana leaves)
  • Hutuli Pitha (Looks like Hutuli, a traditional musical instrument)
  • Kesa Pitha
  • Sungat Dia Pitha

2. Muga Leta or Silk Worm

Muga Leta recipe is very close to heart of the Assamese people. However, this is not for vegetarians. A person can never even imagine the greed who had never tasted Muga Leta recipe before. Usually, Assamese people eat this food with Apong or Haz. Apong is a type of traditional strong rice beer. To cook this recipe a few ingredients are very necessary. First is as usual Muga Leta, second is onion and the third is some salt and turmeric powder.

This food has no occasional connection with other cultural elements of Assam but we can say this is one of the best ethnic foods among all.

3. Pani Tenga

Pani Tenga is a seed food made with Indian mustard seeds. Due to using Mustard seeds, Pani Tenga recipe becomes very stronger. Assamese people also consider it as good medicine, which is useable for some common diseases, like fever and cold-cough. Every year on Bohag Bihu days, Pani Tenga recipe is highly prepared by Assamese people. This is a part of their traditional culture.

4. Aloo Pitika

Aloo Ka Bharta from North India is simply called Aloo Pitika in the Assamese language. Here first Aloo or Potato is boiled very softly and then mashed with some onion, salt, pepper, coriander, mustard oil, egg, and some peanuts. That's all. Though Aloo Pitika recipe making process is very simple but it tastes very good if it properly made. In Assam, this food is very familiar to everyone and a part of their day-to-day life.

Usually, Assamese people eat this with Ukhuaa rice, because the combination of both items matches amazingly.

5. Aamroli Tup

Aamroli is a type of red ant, whose larva is very tasty. In each Rongali Bihu, on Goru Bihu day young people of villages in Assam collectively find Aamroli nests in jungles as a tradition. This is especially a tradition of Ahom community people of Assam but now a days almost every people do attempt to find this. The cooking process of Aamroli is also very simple (Follow the same steps as Muga Leta recipe).

Here are some necessary ingredients to make it:

  • Red Ant Larva (main ingredient)
  • Chopped onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Turmeric and
  • Mustard oil

6. Apong or Haz

As I mentioned earlier Apong is a strong rice beer made with rice and some Apong seeds, usually called Hazor Guti. This is a traditional food, which has been running from around 300 to 400 years in society. At very first this rice beer invented by the Ahom’s, they used it in various worship programs to satisfy their god Langdon deity.

Nowadays almost every occasional programs, this is used in the Assamese society, especially Bihu days and ancestors yearly worship programs.

7. Bilahi aru Masor Tenga

Bilahi aru Masor Tenga recipe is another amazing dish, which is made with tomato and fish. This is actually a fish curry, where tomato and fish are the main ingredients. You can whip up this sour fish curry in under 15 minutes. The next time you come home late and wanna have something that's tasty as well as nutritious, you might wanna turn that raw fish in the fridge into Tenga Mas. You want to make it? Here is the simple step by step process below -

  • First of all deep fry the pieces of fish and then put it off from the pan.
  • Next, fry some chopped onions and then add some salt, pepper, turmeric with it.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes.
  • In the fourth step, add some water and then after 5 minutes add your fried fishes to it.
  • Let it cook in a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes. That’s all, your Bilahi aru Masor Tenga recipe is ready to go for your plate.

8. Narikolor Laru

Narikolor Laru is a sweet dessert made with mashed Coconut and Sugar or Jaggery. Usually, this recipe is made during Rongali and Bhogali Bihu days by Assamese housewives. The combination of Narikolor Laru and Assam tea becomes very delightful for every Assamese people. If you still haven't tried this dessert then don't forget to try it once.

9. Assamese Khar

Assamese food’s key taste profile incorporates elements of bitter, sweet, salty, pungent, sour and astringent/alkaline. The dish that best represents this profile is khar. Assamese khar is traditionally the starter to an elaborate meal. Interestingly khar can be a dish, as well as an ingredient called kola khar.

Banana peels are burnt into ash, mixed up with mustard oil, and then folded into dishes to impart alkalinity. This can also be made from peels of papaya, cucumber, potato, as well as fish. Fermented foods are also a big part of this cuisine. Taste some awesome masor muror khar (fish head) while in Assam.

So, these are the few delicious Assamese dishes, incredibly popular within Assamese society. I recommend you to try at least for once. You will never be able to forget Assamese cuisine.

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Chad said...

Ohhhh!!! You know i don't mind trying some of these dishes, i love to try out new tastes. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Haz definitely sounds interesting! I bet a lot of these have strong flavors!

Stephanie Stebbins said...

I have been trying to be more adventurous in my diet so thank you so much for this! Now, I understand more of what I am reading about, lol!

The Culture Keeper said...

Very interesting recipes

Michael said...

Interesting. I typically do not try authentic foods like these but when explained well, I am more inclined to do so.

CityrockaP said...

I love to read about new cultures, and this was so food informative. Thanks for sharing :)

Patricia Martin said...

So many different recipes, very interesting types of ethnic foods.

goodfoodprettyplaces said...

So much inspiration for dinner, I did't know most of these things before reading this. Great article!

Jennifer said...

Wow this is a very interesting read, I'm always intrigued to see how different cultures around the world eat. I didn't know that Silk Worm or that Red Ant Larva are incorporated into recipes. I've differently learned some new things after reading your post.

Krisy said...

It is so interesting to read and discover food cultures from different countries. Who knew you can use red ants as an ingredient!

Nelly|explorewithnelly said...

I would not be able to swallow this but my friends find them delicious. I will be sharing with them

Gervin Khan said...

First time to hear about these dishes and they sounds really good and tasty. Hope to try one of these dishes someday!

Erika said...

I never thought in eating larva before but I would love to try it once I read your recipes, thanks for sharing!!

Sue-Tanya said...

I’ve never had any Assamese food before , i’ve never even heard of it so I am so happy to be learning about it now. I love learning about new cultures, different foods from different countries. I am very adventurous where it comes to food so I would love to give Assamese cuisine a try.

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

The recipes sure look exotic but I would so give it a try. I love trying new food, it is always astonishing!

Claire said...

So interesting, I've never heard of these dishes before! I'd love to try someday!

Mavs Escala said...

I never tried them before but they are interesting to try!

Mudpie Fridays said...

Yum! That looks wonderfully easy and tasty. I’m new to this recipes and this was super helpful in making me feel more knowledgeable about it.

Jay Joy said...

No way in God's green Earth unless there were nothing else on this whole planet and I was about to starve to death.

MsKathyKenny said...

I wanted to try silk worm but got too scared o I wasn't able to. Next time I will make sure to go and give it a try.

Petite Style Beauty said...

Oh gosh I'm so sorry but this is raw for me... I cannot stand, even the picture makes me sick

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