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A Date with the Eastern Sisters!

North- East Food festival
Written by Bhavna Joshi

When it comes to selecting food I get very confused! No, I am not talking about somebody’s marriage or reception, it is the FOOD FESTIVAL! And when it is about North- East Food the taste buds become proactive. A mix of spice and sweets. A North- East Food Fête was organized on 8 February, 2015 at The North- Eastern Students’ House for Women University Hostel Complex, University of Delhi. As the title directs it was all an introduction to the “Seven Sisters” of North- East: Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh along with Sikkim, Ladakh and West Bengal. All a treat to the eyes and palate!

 The crowd was an amalgamation of the diversity of India uniting the North to the East. The Chicken and Pork with Bamboo Shoot of Nagaland, Dal Pakode, Chicken Dry Fried and Steamed Rice Cakes of Assam, Eroma Thali, Singju, Kelli- Chana and Hot Lemon Tea of Manipur, the Chasha, Shokho and Engsang Dimsums of Arunachal, Sikkim and Ladakh and Rossagullas of West Bengal- an epitome of perfection with authentic spices and flavors from the states. Contrary to the expected spice in their food, it was subtle, colorful and tangy. The side dishes like Kashmir Kahwa, Saffron Tea, Gajar ka Halwa, Fruit fudge, Dahi Gol Gappas and Khasi Thali from various states were a cherry on the cake.

 With sumptuous food the event was a great display of traditional heritage and culture presentation through melodious songs of the states, attire, embellishments and handcrafted souvenirs. The pretty girls of the hostel were both the Chefs and Hosts. Dressed in their traditional attires, flaunting the festive ornaments and showing the grace of their dialects, it was a great display of tradition and heritage. Their effort and dedication is commendable!

 So, the lunch on a sunny day was a success! With the flavors the best take aways were the memories and the ever melodious tunes of the East.

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