Nagaland’s Kitchen an eccentric little eatery tucked away in a nondescript market in Green Park, which as the name suggests, serves up cuisines from Nagaland, One of the Northeastern states of India.
Delhi has witnessed the mushrooming of several quality Northeastern restaurants across the city, as has been covered in this blog. What makes this place unique is that it offers a wide collection of dishes from Nagaland.
Another attraction of Nagaland’s Kitchen is the ambience along with the dim lights, cane furniture, rustic and tribal artefacts immediately gives you the North-East feels.
A bit about Nagaland
The Nagas inhabit the northeastern Indian states of Nagaland, parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Myanmar. However, the collective term “Naga” belies the variety that it encompasses. There are sixteen major tribes in Nagaland. The tribes that live in close geographic proximity have different- languages, food culture, clothing style.
However, In the context of cuisine, the Naga’s prefer dishes with hot, intense, sour and earthy flavours and staple such as rice, chillies, bamboo shoot, fresh river fish.
While preparing delicious and mouthwatering dishes the Naga’s use different – exotic herbs, spices and style of cooking. A few unique features of Naga cuisine are all dishes are healthy i.e. stewed, steamed or roasted.
Now about the food@Nagaland’s Kitchen…
The restaurant has two types of menu i.e Authentic Naga Cuisine and the other is Thai cuisine. From the Naga Cuisine menu, we ordered Smoked Pork with the Dry Bamboo Shoot (Rs.430) and in addition, we tried n tasted the California Rolls(Rs.530) from the Thai Cusine. The Smoked pork with dry bamboo shoot was soft, with minimal fat or rather no offending fat, as is common with pork dishes. As the name says smoked, the dish had a strong smoky fragrance. The next one we had California Rolls. California Rolls is a type of sushi rolls. They are rolled inside-out and containing cucumber, crab meat. avocado and served with Wasabi dip.