Food of Nagaland

The food of Nagaland comprises of plain rice, cooked vegetables and meat. The local indigenous tribal communities of Nagaland are non- vegetarians who savor meats of all the animals. Dogs, spiders, pork, beef, crabs, cats, chicken and even elephants are eaten with great enthusiasm.

The native population of Naga tribes loves to add spices and chilies in their daily diet. The food habits reflect the unique cultural traits and traditional legacy of the local indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who usually do not throw any part of the animal. The intestines and skins of the animals are considered to be a delicious dish among the native population of the state.

However, owing to their rich religious beliefs and customs, the Naga tribal community is not allowed to eat flesh of some animals lest the qualities of that particular animal are transferred. As per the traditional rituals, the majority of the restrictions are applied to the female folk. In some cases, the old men are not subjected to any kind of social taboo.

Eaten on banana leaves while sitting on the floor, the cuisine is mostly rice and meat. Food is bland with boiled vegetables, chicken, frogs when they are in season, and ginger stew making up the main fare. The local liquor is made of rice beer called `Zutho’. It is served with mashed roasted millet, soya bean and red chili. Go slow on the red chili for it is sure to give you an upset tummy.

An integral part of the cultural life of the local inhabitants of Nagaland, the local inhabitants of the state prefer spicy food.

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