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7 Places In The Northeast That Serve Dishes You Might Have Never Had But You Should!

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Northeast India is like an undiscovered treasure trove even today. This region is also known for its exquisite cuisine. HolidayIQ Travellers urge you to go on a trail along the seven sister states!

7 Places In The Northeast That Serve Dishes You Might Have Never Had But You Should!:

  1. Meghalaya
  2. Assam
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Nagaland
  5. Manipur
  6. Mizoram
  7. Tripura

1. Meghalaya

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Being home to three distinct Mongoloid tribes, this state has a diverse cuisine. Not everything is spicy, but meat is relished by the locals. Popular dishes are Jadoh, spicy rice with meat and fish. HolidayIQ Traveller Shalinee says, “Food, sightseeing and shopping: Locals of the place eat very bland food but good restaurants offering north indian, south indian and of course chinese are numerous in number, especially in shillong.” 

2. Assam

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Assamese cuisine relies heavily on fermentation and drying as means of food preservation. The spice factor is cut down upon and little cooking over fire is preferred. Extensive use of vegetables and fruits is made for heavy flavours. There's a class of main dishes- 'khar' usually accompanied with or followed by a sour dish 'tenga'. Popular dishes are Masoor Tenga. Even Assamese thali is completely unique as most Assamese dishes do not involve the 'bhuna' or 'gentle frying of spices' practice. HolidayIQ Traveller Gowardhan says, “Fill of good places to visit, like Kamakhya Maa temple, Kaziranga National Park to see Assam rhino. The evergreen cold place Shillong. The highest rainfall area of India,Cherrapunji and Masinram, Mazulli deep , then good local Assamese food.”

3. Arunachal Pradesh

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Apart from the extensive use of lettuce people of Arunachal Pradesh prefer rice along with meat, fish or other vegetables. Thukpa is a kind of noodle soup is very popular among the locals and also Apong- the rice bear which this region is famous for. HolidayIQ Traveller Rakesh Kumar says, “Food, sightseeing and shopping: The local rice wine called apong can be tried. Food made in Bamboo utensils and vegetables and meat cooked with Bamboo shoot are something that can be tried. Akashdeep Shopping complex and market of Naharlagun are the best places to do shopping in Itanagar. But the cost of commodity is somewhat higher.”

4. Nagaland

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The Naga cuisine adds heavy spices like 'bhoot jolokia pepper' in its pork dishes. Fermented soya is also relished with bamboo shoots. There's a minimum use of oil in the Naga cuisine. Axome is one such dish one can try. HolidayIQ Traveller Duncan Angami says, “Once off limits to the world, there in the remote northeastern hills of India, lies mystic. Hills landscaped by primitive villages, some still untouched by modernization, this Molungyimsen village up on top of a steep mountain, is a must for die hard nature lovers.”

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5. Soibum Eromba

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One distinct feature about Manipuri cuisine is that it uses chilli pepper instead of garam masala in most dishes. For a long time, people in Manipur valley did not eat any other meat apart from fish due to religious reasons. But now, all sorts of non-vegetarian delicacies are relished. Bamboo shoots are a popular dish too. HolidayIQ Traveller Varun Sharma says, “The place is a boon for pure vegetarians (like me). There is no visible night life in Manipur and Nagaland due to security protocols being followed by Indian Army. Although if your are non-vegetarian then the entire Manipur trip can be memorably delectable for you. There are varieties of fish and other non-veg cuisine available for non-veg enthusiasts.”

6. Mizoram

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Rice is the staple dish in Mizoram just like most other North Eastern states. What people have with rice varies greatly. The cuisine in Mizoram can be safely tagged as one of the least spicy cuisines of India. HolidayIQ Traveller Nripen says, “Good and educated people in aizawl. Beautiful scenery and big hills. Food, sightseeing and shopping: Daily market is very affordable and seller are gentle and wise.” 

7. Tripura

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Chicken, fish, turtle, shrimp and even frog meat. The cuisine is known locally as Mui Borok. HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul says, “It was a nice experience to visit the wild greenery of Tripura. Full of natural resources. Nice people. A must visit place. Recommended place: Sipahijala, Trishna Sanctuary. You can also enjoy the driving in hilly way. Neermahal is a must see, which is located at Melagarh, 56 km distance from capital Agartala. Pilak can be seen for ancient Tripura.”

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