India is a land of diversity where you are treated with utmost love and a plate of a delicious meal no matter where you set your foot. From the royalty of Tunday Kebab in Lucknow to the spicy Biryani of Hyderabad everything is just meant to make your taste buds get going. Every nook and corner of our beloved India has a unique cuisine to offer from its kitty. Such one state lies in the unexplored and untouched part of the map whose cuisines are uniquely different and extremely celestial. Tripura, one of the seven sister hills of north-east India and surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides lies peacefully in its own cocoon. But, the culture and rich food of Tripura speaks for itself. Here is more you need to know about the food culture and Tripura cuisine you must please your stomach with before you die!
Mui Borok- The Traditional Cuisine of Tripura
The traditional cuisine of the state of Tripura is Mui Borok as it is affectionately called by its people. You will always find one ingredient in the traditional food plate of Tripurian people, Berma. Berma is dried and fermented fish which is surely a Tripura’s favourite. The dish is cooked without any oil and hence it is considered extremely healthy. Berma will enhance up the salty taste buds on your tongue as it a bit salty and spicy in taste.
The Inspiration of Food That Comes from its Neighbor-Bangladesh
Being bordered with Bangladesh from three sides, it isn’t a smart guess that the plate of Tripura food is highly inspired by the food culture of Bangladesh. The state is majorly populated with the non-tribal Bengalis of north-east India. Most of the people in the state nearly live on fish, rice and vegetables. Meat remains an important part of their diet with the dishes of mutton, pork, and chicken. Non-tribal people spend a good time of their day preparing the perfect spicy curry for their fresh fish imported from Bangladesh.
The Tinge of Chinese Culture in the Plate
Not just Bengali food, Tripurian people are quite a surprise when they present you a Chinese cuisine prepared in the traditional Tripurian style. A plate of Chinese cuisine in the state of Tripura is full of spices on the contrary to the authentic Chinese food. Providing a new look to the Chinese cuisine, the food only tastes better for the natives.
Chauk and Chuwarak
If you are a beer lover, you would probably fall in love with the freshly brewed rice beer of Tripura, Chauk as what they like to call their traditional beer. The beer is prepared by fermenting rice in water. Chauk is a famous drink which is gulped down by the Tripurians on special occasions and festivals. The Chuwarak is the infamous scotch and champagne of the state. It is prepared in different styles using a variety of ingredients such as mami rice, pineapple, jack fruit etc. Chuwarak is considered as one of the safest alcohol to drink in the world, the credit goes to the natural ingredients and the traditional method of preparing the drink.
The spicy and tangy chutney to compliment the other dishes on the plate. Mosdeng Serma is primarily a tangy tomato chutney prepared with berma, red chilli, and garlic to add the deep flavours to the dish.
Being the lover of meat, rice is an essential part of the diet of Tripurian people. They take huge pains to bring about the perfect aroma of rice to their plates. Bhangui is an essential rice dish which is prepared with the sun- dried rice boiled with ghee, ginger and onion. This dish is boiled in banana leaf to keep the nutrients of rice intact and also to bring about the unique aroma to their dish. Tripurians love to compliment their nicely prepared rice with meat and fish.
Although Kasoi Bwtwi is prepared with Berma, but some prefer it making without the use of fermented fish. This dish is prepared with various green vegetables to give you a punch of healthy dish. Berma- the fermented fish, French beans, chopped onions, Green chilies, a few tofu pieces, garlic cloves, salt and turmeric powder are the main elements of the dish. Tripurians also use the famous khundrupui leaves to add the extended flavour to their delicacy.
Panch Phoron Tarkari
In a plate of Panch Phoron Tarkari you will smell the influence of Bengali tradition. Panch Phoron is an important Bengali spice which is a perfect blend of five spices, and hence the name of the dish. A vegetarian delight, this dish is prepared a number of vegetables such as brinjal, pumpkins and potatoes and other add ups like Red chilies, Bay leaves, Green chilies, Turmeric powder. This delectable dish is best enjoyed with paratha or puri.
A pork dish which is quite famous among the Tripurian people. My suggestion, if you are in Tripura you must grab a bite of this heavenly dish if you are a meat lover. This amazing delicacy is prepared with pork, onion, coriander leaves and green chilli. The roasted green chilli adds the perfect aroma and spice to the dish. Whenever you are in the state of Tripura, do not just border your vacation to the natural beauty. Do not forget to indulge in the traditional recipes of the state to fill your stomach with pleasure