Manipuri Menu at What a Comic Show

Manipur is strategically located in the North Eastern corner of India bordering Myanmar, nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the state is considered the Gateway to South East Asia. The land popularly known as Switzerland of India is the right tourist destination for nature lovers. The serene beauty of the state leaves every traveler spellbound which is least touched and least discovered. A promising tourist destination for adventure, nature and food lovers.

Manipuri Cuisine has rice as a staple food. The cuisine differs from community to community. There are about 33 different tribes and each has its own distinct cuisine. The ethnic, religious and cultural background of the people, influence what they eat. For instance, the Meiteis who practice Hinduism or Vaisnavism are by and large vegetarians who restrict their diet to healthy greens that are locally grown.

Their consumption of non vegetarian mainly consist of fish and chicken. Whats remarkable about the Meitei food is the precision it maintains. Usually in the Meitei society, professional cooks called Bramons (Manipuri Brahmins) are engaged to preside over the kitchen affairs and there are rituals that are followed while cooking and serving.

The communities from the hills on the other hand are hardcore non vegetarians and do not have any religious restrictions in their diet. The hill tribes love their pork curry with rice. The cooking style differs from another tribe, although they commonly rely on common ingredients. But a common ingredient that is used by all Manipuri regardless of their faith and language is bamboo and shoot and dry or fermented fish called Ngari. Fermented fish and soya beans are popular flavoring ingredients used when preparing certain dishes like chutney -- Moroak Metpa. This is usually a side dish prepared by roasting ripe tomatoes, green/ red chillies over tawa.

The Food of Manipur is considered to be very healthy. The preparations are simple yet tasty. Most of the ingredients are organic and contributes to the health factor. The cuisine is generally very spicy and contains less oil.

Some of the Popular Dishes served in Manipur are :--

1. Eromba --It is one of the most popular dishes of Manipur. It is a type of a chutney made with boiled vegetables, mashed chili and fermented fish. It can be made with any vegetables depending on your culinary imagination.

2. Shinju -- Its a healthy salad with a a Manipuri touch. Variety of green vegetables is used to make different types of Shinju. A little amount of chili, roasted black sesame seed and chick peas powder also adds to the flavor.

3. Chamthong or Kangshoi -- Its a stew of any seasonal vegetable with coarsely chopped onions / spring onions, ginger, fish and salt, topped with dried fish or fried fish pieces and water. It is soupy in consistency and is eaten with rice.

4. Morok Metpa -- Its a coarse paste prepared with green or dry red chili mixed with chopped onions, corriander leaves and other local herbs for garnishing. The chilies are steamed or roasted with fish or simply crushed and then mashed with salt and fried fish pieces can also be added to it. This can be accompanied both in meals or as a side dish.

5. Kangou -- Various vegetables stir fried with traditional spices.

6. Nganam -- Prepared with fish and maroi on a pan.

7. Paaknam -- Sort of a pancake prepared with a mixture of pea flour, chives, banana flower and fermented fish wrapped in a turmeric and banana leaf.

8. Ooti -- Its a very well known cuisine of Manipur, cooked and eaten in every house. There is no particular season, for this. During the Kang Festival its eaten along with Kechri. It is cooked using dried peas or fresh peas along with baking soda and the Chinese chives.

9. Kelli Channa -- This is a popular street food in Manipur. It is said that a old lady named Kelli used to sell this addictive snack under a tree and people from all over Manipur started flocking around the tree to buy her Channa. She never disclosed the recipe and apparently took it to her grave. Lot of people have tried to re create her recipe, but nothing compares to the taste like the original.

So, if you are someone who likes experimenting with food and wants to treat your taste buds to different flavors , What a Comic Show Restaurant in Greater Kailash Part 2, has a Manipuri spread to surprise you.

Chaphu -- The Talking Pots is their newly launched Manipuri Menu which is loaded with vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes straight from Manipur straight from Manipur.

Where -- M 1, First Floor, Greater Kailash Part 2, New Delhi
Timing -- 11 am to 12:30 am
Price for two -- Rs 1200 (approximately) 

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