Do You Know These Dishes from Manipur?
Manipur dishes are the traditional cuisine of Manipur, a state of Northeast India. Dishes are typically spicy foods that use chili pepper rather than garam masala. Oil is uncommon in most Manipuri styles. The cuisine here in the state similar to the cuisines of Southeast/East/Central Asia, Siberia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
Let’s have a look…
Alu Kangmet – a mashed potato delicacy
Manipuri Style Alu Kangmet Recipe (Mashed Potato in dry red chillies Recipe), simply tossed mashed potatoes in roasted dry red chillies and salt. This dish has only three ingredients and is one of the staple meal for the Manipur. The state is located near the eastern part India that shares the border with Burma. They mainly consume ingredients that are fresh and grown in their households. Since the vegetables are grown at home and the same is sold in their market, their cooking includes all seasonal vegetables only.
Paaknam – a delicate fish cake
Similar to a pancake, this Manipur fish cake is prepared with the traditional Ngari fish. It is finally wrapped up in a banana leaf and steamed. It is considered to be quite a delicacy and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike! Paakam is served with a sweet chilli sauce.
Singju – a famous Manipuri salad
Singju (pronounce as sing-zoo) is a typical Manipur salad-type dish. Its origin takes from the Meitei but well eaten by the sibling communities of the state and in some neighbouring states of Northeast India. Singju has been the all-time favourite side dish for meals (other being eromba) and as afternoon or evening snacks too. Meanwhile, eromba should not be confused with singju. Eromba is usually not eaten as snacks while singju is.
Eromba – a delightful combination of rice and fish
It is a Staple food for a typical Manipuri family which is made of rice seasonal vegetables grown in the kitchen gardens and fish from local ponds. Typical aromatic herbs and roots are infused in the food to make it taste different from mainland food. The Naga community of Manipur is also influenced by greater naga cuisine imbibing use of fermented products like akhuni and bamboo shoot. Singju (salad) kangshoi (stew) and eromba (mashed vegetables with fermented fish) are some of the typical dishes spread for you at a Manipuri dinner.
Chamthong or Kangshoi – a healthy vegetable stew
This dish is very popular in Manipur. It is a vegetable stew. It consists of seasonal vegetables that are boiled and flavoured with sliced onions, cloves, salt, garlic, maroi and a bit of ginger. This stew is served with rice or fish and is supposed to be consumed piping hot.