Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Nagaland is the most northeastern state of India’s 7 northeastern sister states. It is a tribal state with a dozen majority Tibeto-Burman tribes and 20 languages spoken among them. Unlike the rest of India with its Hindu majority Vegetarian cuisine, Naga’s are 90% Christian, most likely converted by American missionaries. Nagaland is one of three Christian majority states in India, along with Mizoram and Meghalaya. Nagaland is the only place, outside of Mississippi in the southern United States, where Christian Baptists are the majority religion. In fact, there are a higher percentage of Baptists in Nagaland than in Mississippi. With no religious dietary restrictions, pork is eaten in abundance here and is the main protein source, along with fish.
|Nagaland Baptist Church (source:panoramio.com)|
Nagaland is very mountainous and is one of the smallest Indian states. Nagaland, along with Assam, has been under Burmese (now known as Myanmar) rule at different periods. When India received its independence, Naga was part of Assam. This led to many tribal battles as the Naga tribes wanted their own representation so that tribal issues would not be ignored by the Assamese. Finally, in December 1963, Nagaland was given its own statehood and an uneasy cease fire was granted between the Naga tribes against police and other government officials. However, occasionally, bouts of violence still erupt in tribal Nagaland as they feel their voice isn’t heard in Delhi’s political agenda.
Enough of politics..let’s get to some Naga cuisine…
Nagaland, like many of the other Northeastern Indian states, uses smoking and drying as common cooking techniques. Stews/Curries are often made with dried beef or dried pork. Dried bamboo shoots are also very common. You will find common foods throughout the northeast region. Many of the numerous pithas made in Assam you will find in Nagaland also.
Due to its proximity to Southeast Asia, you will also find their influence on Naga cuisine. Nagaland has its own version of Malaysian Laksa and Thai Black Rice Pudding. The black glutinous/sweet rice is commonly used in a variety of dishes. However, the Nagas put their own twist on it. Instead of shrimp in traditional laksa, the Naga version includes the fermented fish they are so fond of. While the Thai version of the rice pudding is made with coconut milk, the Nagas make a simplified version with just milk and water.
Yield: 12 pithas
- 3 large bananas
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup jaggery, powdered
- 1/3 cup oil, for frying
Mash bananas with jaggery. Add flour and mix until thoroughly combined.
Place one tablespoon at a time of banana mix into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.
Place on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Notes: Eventhough the half size bananas are more common in Asian countries, I used 3 large 8″ bananas, the more common variety we get in US.
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The Pumpkin Farm
this was something i wanted to try but i first want to make banana fritters from your blog then i will try with rice flour
With fuss over sweets and fried food I dropped the idea of making these fritters. .which look quite delicious.
Love thoroughly this koat pitha, but i prepared them for Mizoram, i want to munch some rite now.
Another Koat pitha. They look moist and yummy.
pitha is looking so authentic and well made!!
Same Pinch Mir. I also made these and loved every bite of it. But I observed that it absorbed a lot of oil.
koat pitha really looks yummy.. going to have to try this soon
Mir, you have got these done so well!..must have been such a delish snack!
I made these for yesterday Mir. Yours looks so yumm..
Those pithas look crispy and delicious.
These fritters look delicious. I normally am not a big fan of banana but for one of the states I used banana flavor and liked it. So I can say this might have also tasted great.
This is one such flavorful fritters..
This looks delicious.Though I had bookmarked this I went along with another recipe…
Looks yum. I wanted to try them out too but given the reactions at home I played it safe.
looks totally delectable , although I dont have any takers for this at home !
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
I’ve had banana fritters in the past in England, but it isn’t something you really hear about or find where I am in the U.S. I need to try your recipe one day!