Aakhol Ghor, the Assamese Cuisines and Foods from Assam

Its all about Food and Food Habits from the land of blue hills and red river, Assam.

Aakhol Ghor means Kitchen in Assamese. Assamese traditional Kitchens normally has two parts. First the dining area plus a small cooking space for tea etc. And the next bigger and more functional room is the actual kitchen with at least two earthen fire places (chowka).If you are a food lover you can hope to see a lot of authentic Assamese Recipes in this place......


Some famous Chef of India once said, " India is so unique, one can find three different recipes for the same chicken curry in the three houses lined in the same row. Every kitchen and every cook in India has it's own cook book, unlike rest of the world."
I personally feel it is so well said. Even in my case, you might find small to big differences in your known method of cooking and the ones posted here. I call them true Assamese for two main reasons, one: because of the spices used, and two: my granny knew nothing beyond her village ( she did not believe that cauliflower can be green, which is Broccoli). So whatever she cooked was passed on over generation. And my Mom finds it hard to believe anything can be cooked beyond her traditional methods( she is best at it, though she makes excellent Indo - Chinese things, invented). So please feel free to put in your comments / correction. One thing I can assure is I have cooked all these ( everything) myself with my own hands at least once. So whatever is here is tried and tested. You are always welcome to do your bit of experiment !!!!!

Roast Brinjal - Bengena Pitika

Pitika and Pora are two unavoidable side dishes of any assamese platter. Here is one quick fix.


  1. Brinjal - One ( as shown in the picture)

  2. Roasted or Boiled and peeled Potato - 2 medium

  3. Onion - 1, Finely chopped

  4. Green Chilly - to taste

  5. Masturd Oil - 1 tea spoon

  6. Green Coriender - 2 tea spoon, chopped


Roast the brinjal on a gas flame/ wood fire or any where as per your arrengement. Prick the brinjal while roasting, with a pricker. After roasting it evenly and once the brinjal is cooked, peel of the skin. Keep it in a pan or plate. Add the potatos ( Peeled). Add all the rest of the ingredients. Mesh it well. ( You can add a boiled egg to it).

Serve it hot with any rice platter.