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......

DISCLAIMER

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 !!!!!

Sojina Ful, Xoru Alloo Koni Bhoja

Well, this one is a quick fix. I do it when sometimes I need a side dish very fast. Translating the Name to English, Drum Stick Flower, Baby Potatoes and Eggs!

Ingredients:

  1. Drum Stick flowers - 2 cups, cleaned.
  2. Baby potatoes - 1/2 cups, cut in half.
  3. Onion - a small one. Chopped. 
  4. Salt and Turmeric - To your taste. 
  5. Egg - 1, beaten.
  6. Oil - 3 table spoons.
How to do it:
  1. Heat the oil in a wok.
  2. Add onion and fry till light brown. 
  3. Add the potatoes and cover. Let it cook till half.
  4. Now add salt and turmeric and mix it. 
  5. Add the flowers and mix. Let it cook for a while. Do NOT cover. 
  6. Keep the flame low and let it cook till the potatoes are cooked completely. 
  7. When the potatoes are cooked, add the beaten eggs, mix and remove from the flame. Let the egg be fried. 
  8. Serve as a side dish. We call such dry preparations "Bhaji".

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