Food of Arunachal Pradesh: A way to someone’s heart

One of the major factors of income in most of the northeastern states is tourism. It is as simple as it can be, the northeastern states of India has amazing places of attractions, unreached and unexplored places, unique culture and traditions plus the cuisine is delicious. Arunachal Pradesh is one of these northeastern states and its cuisine forms an essential and integral part of the culture.   The food of Arunachal Pradesh draws a lot of attention owing to its marvelous taste and compelling smell, and dishes vary from tribe to tribe.

The food of Arunachal Pradesh is really healthy as the fried food is not very popular as the locals either prefer boiled or smoked food. The inhabitants mainly eat bamboo shoots and other leafy vegetables, which are mostly boiled. The staple food of Arunachal Pradesh is rice that is accompanied by vegetables, curries, soup and meat. Bamboo shoot curry is one of the popular local foods and is also a popular food ingredient that is added to most of the dishes especially while cooking meat. Another delicious local food of Arunachal Pradesh is pika pila, a type of pickle made of bamboo shoot and pork fats with a small addition of king chilly mostly eaten by the Apatani tribe. Lukter is a delicacy in Arunachal Pradesh, a combination of large-size cut and cooked meat with chili flakes. Another yummy side dish with rice is pehak, a type of spicy chutney made by using fermented soya bean and chilly. Meat is eaten on daily basis in Arunachal Pradesh and the most commonly eaten meat is bos frontails meat locally called as the ‘mithun’. People also love beef, chicken, pork, mutton and fish. Arunachal Pradesh also has some delicious momos, dumplings filled with minced meat and vegetables. Arunachal Pradesh has a diverse culture and tradition and a part of it is reflected in its food delicacies.

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