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Assamese Traditional Food: 5 Products You Need to Satisfy Your Cravings

by Team SaleBhai - 08-Nov-2017 - Hometown Special
Assamese Traditional Food

 

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Where do we begin? Assam is known for its exquisite beauty. Just like its varied natural environment, Assamese cuisine has its own unique style of cooking and taste. Assamese food is a conflux of the food habits of the people of the hills and those from the plains. 

 

Assam cuisine, in general, is characterised by the use of an extremely wide variety of plants and animals. Assamese traditional food comes together with a blend of many exotic herbs, spices, and condiments. We are sure when you try it, it is going to be lip-smackingly delicious and hard for you to resist. 

 

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Let’s share a list of 10 products from Assam you need to add to your cart to have the real taste of Assamese traditional food.

 

1.  Tea

 

Assam tea

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Did you know Assam is the largest tea producing state in India? It is famous worldwide for its robust flavoured tea that it produces. If you call yourself a tea-lover, and haven’t tasted Assam tea yet, you are missing on a great tea-tasting adventure.

 

Assam tea is famous not just for its aromatic flavour, but also for the numerous health benefits that comes with it. The people of Assam don’t start their day without a hot steaming cup of tea. There’s always something reassuring about tea -- the conversation starter, the steaming accompaniment to crackling winter fires, or the hot drink to dip your morning toast in, that the day feels incomplete without having a hot mug of chai.

 

Assam Premium tea 

 

When we mention Assam tea, the picture of hundreds of tea-pluckers meticulously picking the finest of leaves along the hilly, lush slopes of Assam tea estates with its one-of-a-kind fragrant, malty, and strong tea comes to mind. If you are already feeling tempted, try ourKamellia Assam Premium Tea – one of the best Indian teas that you will ever taste. It’s hand-picked and blended by expert tea tasters, and is full of antioxidants to help you with heart ailments, blood pressure, and diabetes.

 

And when it comes to classic variety, we vote for the traditional Indian blend – the energising, stimulating black tea. But where to get them? We haveKamellia Assam Gold Tea – the original taste of this famed beverage – all the way from Assam tea estates. This full-bodied beverage has a strong, bright colour and contains hints of malty, brisk flavours. This fragrant, malty, and strong brew – blended by professionals – is a storehouse of innumerable health benefits.

 

2. Sandah

 

Sandah - Assamese delicacy

 

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 Recipe by Food Blogger - Shaheen Ali

 

You know, what’s an easy and healthy breakfast? Sandah. All you need to do is add hot milk along with any fresh or dry fruits.

 

Sandah is a famous speciality of Assam. Processed by boiling rice in water, it is made in a very interesting way. Traditionally, parboiled rice is first drained, sun dried, and then the husk removed. In the end, it is roasted at 16 ° C and ground to a fine powder. There are different types of sandah prepared from varieties of rice.

 

Milky Sandah

 

If you want to skip the tedious procedure of making sandah, try ourBhogali Food Products Milky Sandah. Low in fat with high carbohydrate content, it gives a quick energy boost. Just add lukewarm water and this scrumptious treat is ready for you to devour. In fact, it can be had just like any other cereal. Mix it with milk powder, jaggery, and bananas using a food processor. The rice porridge is very filling and is a good start to the day. Wouldn’t you want that?

 

3. Rice

 

Assam Paddy Field

 

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Rice is part of the staple diet of Assamese people. No lunch is complete for them without a plate full of rice.

 

Rice is the main cultivated food of Assam. It may be as popular in other states too, but scented or aromatic rice is a unique class of rice grown as winter rice in Assam. It is valued due to its quality and palatability, and is popularly known as Joha rice – an essential item during festivals.

 

Assam - Joha rice

 

It’s high fat, albumin, and globulin contents make Joha rice a suitable nutritious cereal. Because of its small grain size and pleasant aroma, it is best suited for the preparation of payas (rice custard or kheer), as flavoured fried rice or had as a stand alone dish with some curry. Try ourBhogali Food Products Joha Rice – hygienically packed for you to enjoy any time of the year. You can cook it as it is for its delectable flavour or use it for mouth-watering desserts and rice dishes. The choice is yours.

 

4.  Jolpan

 

Jolpan

 

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In simple words, the traditional Assamese breakfast!

 

Jolpan is a mini meal which generally comprises of rice like roasted or ground rice (xandoh), flattened (chira), puffed rice (muri), komal saul, or cooked glutinous rice (bora saul). These varieties can be eaten without cooking. They are eaten with curd or milk, and jaggery. It’s a snack which is often served at breakfast in Assam, or served in their main festival, Bihu or at weddings and special other occasions too.

 

Milky Jalpan

 

The word ‘Jolpan’ literally means ‘water and betel leaf’ but can mean any snack. Our ready-to-eat Bhogali Food Products Milky Jalpan is a snack that is low in fat with high carbohydrate content. Eat it for breakfast, or as an evening snack; it sure gives a quick energy boost. You can simply have it with lukewarm water or milk. It’s going to save you a lot of time and at the same time, provide you with delicious taste.

 

Or if you feel too fascinated to make your own Jolpan, try the recipe by cook Sangeetha Subhash Menon. She gives a quick five minutes recipe for preparing Chira Mudhi Doi Goor
 

Bora Rice

 

5.Pitha

 

Assamese pitha

 


Good things come to those who wait patiently. That’s why we saved the best for the last.

 

And here you are! A delightful treat waiting for you – pitha. Pitha is a type of pancake. It is usually made with soaked and ground rice, which is fried in oil thereafter, roasted over a slow fire, and then rolled over a hot plate. Chef Gitika Saikia does it right with her easy-to-make recipe

 

Pitha is famous as a home cooked sweet dish of Assam which is especially enjoyed during Bihu. There are wide varieties of pitha such as til pitha, ghila pitha, xutuli pitha, tora pitha and so on, and each of them is prepared using different techniques.

 

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Only a skilled hand can bring a great taste and texture to a dish. After all, every best thing requires patience and time. Try ourBhogali Food Products Til Pitha for the unique taste and texture one should get in pithas. Til pithas are also said to be good for health as they contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, natural oils, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc, fibre, thiamine, folate, and protein. What more can you ask for?

 

Are you already feeling hungry? You can now indulge in Assamese dishes by ordering the packs and the many offerings of this cuisine. Don’t wait anymore.

 

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