Founded on 13th December 1963, The state of Nagaland is a picturesque hilly land of myths and legends inhabited by 16 principal tribes and sub tribes distinguished by their different and vibrant costumes as well as jewelry. Often referred as the “Switzerland of The East”, Nagaland is blessed with a wonderful climate throughout the year, Summoning a lot of tourists to seek solace in this tranquil hideout away from the hustle and bustle. It goes without saying that a place which is so vibrant and diverse ought to have varieties in terms of its food. The staple food of the Nagas is rice, Served with meat cooked with Bamboo shoot, Axone (Fermented soyabean), Or Anishi, Organic boiled vegetables, King chilly chutney and fruits (preferably pineapples)
The kind of seasoning used in the culinary preparations varies from one tribe to another, each tribe has its own special cuisine. The Ao tribe specializes in dishes cooked with Anishi, The semas in Axone( fermented soyabean and the Lothas in Bastenga ( bamboo shoot ). You would also find a wide array of leaves of exotic plants and herbs in the Naga dishes.
Generally our familiarity with North Eastern delicacies remains limited to the famous street momos, But there is a lot more that these states have to offer. For the Nagas, Precision, Technique and taste are considered to be the three main things that make a great dish.
For those who haven’t been to Nagaland but wish to try its authentic delicacies, Here are some restaurants in Delhi where you can experience the taste of this flavourful regional cuisine.
Dzukuo Tribal kitchen
A place with great ambiance, Tasty food and great music, Dzukuo tribal kitchen has tribal paintings and elements around the restaurants giving it a rural and traditional touch. They serve various authentic Naga dishes and chutneys and the Pork ribs there is a must try for anyone visiting there. Various artists and bands perform live gigs which add to the enthralling atmosphere
Address: E-22, Third Floor,, Hauz Khas Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
The Nagaland kitchen serves comfort food at its best. Chubamanen Longkumer co-owns the restaurant along with his two sisters. Some intresting items on the drinks menu include Raja Mircha Vodka Shot, Raja Mircha Bloody Mary and Naga Wild Apple Vodka Shot. The food is flavorful with a balance between hot and herby dishes. Some of the chefs specials include pork with bamboo shoot and sliced chicken with special Naga herbs. They are known for their regional feel with a modern twist.
Address: S2, Ground Floor, Green Park Extension, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Next to HDFC Bank, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Built with a lot of wood and bamboo with hanging charcoal painting to compliment the Northeast feels, Bamboo hut is the ultimate place for the North and south campus students mainly because of its wallet friendly rates. They serve Naga as well as Chinese foods and on weekends they take special orders like chicken gizzards and pork entrails. They are best known for their ‘ Axone With Smoked Pork ‘.
Address: 1598, Banda Bahadur Marg, Outram Lines, Mukherjee Nagar, Near NuLife Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi 110009
The only restaurant in Delhi serving food from all the Northeastern states, Rosang Cafe is know for its fresh organic food cooked with no preservatives. It has a cozy ambiance and a collection of photographs and artifacts depicting the life in Northeast. They are famous for their Vokoso Rhuchak and Sougri Mahi. The restaurant leaves you spellbound with their delicious and authentic taste.
Address: S5, Near HDFC Bank, Uphaar Cinema Complex, Green Park Extension, New Delhi, Delhi 110016