It is raining here at Washington DC and it will be nice to have “Aloo Kanghou & Bora” Potato Fry, crispy fry peas with potato/chives/onions fritters with “Cha Angangba” red tea (on the sweeter side please !!) flavored with bay leaf & ginger. Perfect for any afternoon tea !!
For those who wants to know about Manipuri food, here is a sample picture of Manipuri Food, pure vegetarian, generally served in ushop in the temples or at home during religious gathering, death anniversary etc.
Today we are going to talk about Food & cooking with Bobby Soram originally from Manipur and now based in Delhi. Bobby is sharing a recipe for making one of the authentic Manipuri food “Nganum” which is baked fish with herbs. Bobby is mother of 2 wonderful kids. Thanks to Bobby for sharing the recipe, pictures and content of this post. If you try this recipe, please let us know how it came out for you.
Preparation and cooking time – 40-45 minutes
1. Small fish- mukkak nga or nga- sang or any small fish- 250 gms
2. Turmeric leaves, 4-5
3. Banana leaves, half the leaf
4. Maroi napaakpi ( a small bunch say 10-15 of them) or onion/spring onion- cut into small pieces. One small onion or two small spring onions.
4. 4-5 Green chillies sliced into halves
5. Turmeric powder- one teaspoon
6. Mustard oil ( optional)
7. Salt to taste one teaspoon.
wash the fish gently and drain the excess water
Clean the banana and turmeric leaves with a wet cloth and spread it on a plate, Banana leaves layered with turmeric leaves on top.
In the meantime, boil some water in a rice cooker putting the steamer on top. You can do this while cooking rice too. when the water while cooking rice starts boiling
Gently Mix the fish, cut chillies maroi napakpi or onions, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Some people pour a teaspoon of mustard oil so that the fishes does not stick. But that is optional.
After mixing it, spread the mixture on the leaves. Wrap it up properly and put it on a steel or aluminum quarter plate. Place the plate with the wrapped fishes on the steamer and close the lid.Steam it for about 15 minutes.
Remove the wrapped fish with a big spatula from the steamer and place it on a tawa on the gas stove. Place a heavy utensil, a heavy plate or toksu on top of it. Heat it on low flame for about 15 minutes turning sides carefully. This is to remove excess water from the leaves.
Now open the wrapped fish and check. Your aromatic Nganum is ready.
* traditional method in Manipur is to bake it on low flame without steaming.I prefer steaming it first.
* you can try this recipe with fresh mackerel, tuna, Elish fish or pomphret too.
Customization of Nganum’s recipe using Hilsa fish and spring onions instead of maroi Napakpi shared by our listener Sairem Surjarani from Montreal. Also turmeric leaf used was from dried one. Thanks to Surjarani for sharing the picture.
Preview of the interview with Bijou Thaangjam,sharing his experience participating in Master Chef India. Being a Foodie myself, It was very interesting to know all the details behind the show. I am very impressed and proud that he used many recipes inspired/customized from traditional Manipuri recipe (Nganum, Chagempomba, tharoi thongba etc.) which took him to top 50. Also he shared many other interesting projects he is working on.
Please come back for the full interview releasing on saturday 27th October 2012.
Enjoy the interview with Michelle Salam, Queen of cakes, founder of Michelle’s Sweet Temptation tempting you with her wonderful delicious home-baked cakes for any occasions. For those who knows about Michelle’s cake, you will know about her creations of rich chocolate Black Forest, the bliss of Pineapple cream and the aromatic flavor of Fruitcake. Listen to how she grew her business starting her first cake beating with a fork and baking with a tandoor, self-taught and expanding her business solely on words of mouth from her customers.
It was an honour for me to be interviewing her and sharing her voice with everyone as we grew up together sharing our teenage phase when we were in the same hostel at Sophia’s college, Mumbai.
Hats off to Michelle for her excellent work, putting a lot of effort to provide the cakes and orders for her customers struggling to get ingredients with all the bandh and blockade in Manipur and juggling with her 2 kids.
Thanks to Sumitra Phanjoubam, Associate Professor in Manipur and Sareo Yothingla, Teacher in Manipur for sharing their experience as customer of Michelle’s Sweet Temptation.
Michelle’s Sweet Temptation introduced edible photo imaging of your choice of cartoon characters,loved ones,a logo…just about any image you want on the cake.