Traveling to Meghalaya. I believe any travel is incomplete with local food. Find here a list of the Famous foods of Meghalaya. Local dishes are based on rice, pork, bamboo shoots, and fish. North-East foods are deeply rooted in culture & Tradition. The unique style of Cooking this cuisine is distinct & amazing.
List of Top 14 Famous Food of Meghalaya
Pork Meat is very popular in Meghalaya. Doheneiijong is a Pork dish with black sesame. This traditional dish of Meghalaya is famous in Khasi Community. It is the first dish that I am writing which has used black Sesame. I am sure Pork lovers will be delighted with this unique dish from Meghalaya cuisine.
In this recipe, Pork is Prepared with Mustard oil, Ginger garlic paste, onion, and Other Indian spices. Fresh pork meat is sautéed in Mustard oil and with other ingredients. The flavor of Mustard oil makes this dish more aromatic. At the end of preparation, powder of roasted black sesame is added to the sautéed dish and cooked for some more time. This Meghalaya recipe is served with hot steamed rice.
2. Do’o Kappa
Do’o Kappa is a chicken-based non-vegetarian dish. This is a famous recipe of the Garo community. This community is very fond of Non- vegetarian food. Chicken is prepared with onion and other spices. The most important thing is the usage of Soda in this dish. Cream and onion leaves are used for garnishing the dish. Water is also to make it a little soupy. It can be eaten dry with rice or as soup also. This dish is also Popular as Garo style “Chili chicken”. You can find another variation of this food that is “Pork Kappa”. That Garo-style Pork dish.
Meghalayan people love pork dishes. Pudoh is another pork dish. It is prepared with a special kind of Rice Pudoh. Pork is steamed cooked with this special dust rice. In this style of cooking, powdered rice infuses inside the Meat. That makes this dish more delectable. Steaming pork with powder rice makes this more unique. This food is very popular at the wedding and other social events.
4. Doh Khileh
Doh Khiles is a salad. It is healthy & Delicious food. This Salad is made out of minced pork, Onions & chilies. Khasi community food. Boiled pork pieces are used with vegetables. You can find the variety of a dish in various locations.
This Delicious Meal is Prepared with Soybeans. Fermented Soybeans are used with boiled & chopped Pork. This Main Ingredient is cooked with Black Sesame & Other spices like ginger, onion &, etc. This simple & very popular meal is common in the food habit of the people of Meghalaya. Food is eaten with the local rice cake dish “Putharo.
Most Popular dish from Meghalaya. Especially popular among the Khasi community. Jadoh is Made with Rice & Pork. The mix is prepared with Other spices. Must have a dish for pork Lover.
Pumaloi is a Special Kind of Rice found in Meghalaya. It is used in powdered form. Very popular among the Khasi community. Powdered Rice is steamed with a special kind of Pot Called Khiew Ranei. Cooked in medium heat with water. This delicious is popular during celebrations and festivals.
8. Bamboo Shoots
bamboo shoots are a famous food in Meghalaya. Buts, this food is cooked with Pork chunks. You will find many styles of this dish. Very popular among the Khasi community. Bamboo shoot is also cooked with chicken or fish too. Marinated Pork is cooked in brown color with some veggie. After with some spices & bamboo shoots cook a little more.
As you know, momos are one of the popular dishes in India. But You can not ignore the Meghalaya Momos. You will find unique & distinct tastes in Meghalaya Moms. Popular street in Meghalaya.
10. Minil Songa
This famous dish belongs to Garo tribe. The dish has very high starch. Very simple & high-calorie dish. To prepare this dish, Minil rice is used. Minil Rice is cooked with fresh bamboo. Sticky in nature. It gives the rice a nutty flavour. It is generally eaten as a snack.
Puklein is Traditional Bread of Meghalaya. This Home-Made Snack is very famous in the state. This deep-fried snack is sweet. Made with rice flour, Pukhlein is a very easy & simple recipe.It is prepared with Rice flour and Jaggery. Rice flour is added with Liquid, Jaagery, and dough are prepared. Later on, flat shape bread made with dough and deep-fried. You can compare this food with Gulgule popular food in North Indian. That is also made of rice and Jaggery, but in a round ball shape. Pukhlein is Mostly eaten with Moring or Evening time with Tea. And it is the perfect snack for guests or when you travel.
12. Sakin Gata
Sakin Gata is a White Rice cake from the Meghalaya Cuisine. This food is very popular in Garo Important festival like Wangala and other event & celebration in the State. Garo is one of the main Tribe of Meghalaya. Wangala is a festival celebrated by them in October. The sweet delicacy of Meghalaya is Prepared with Sticky white rice. Sticky rice is very good for your health. This sticky rice is soaked in water overnight and mixed with sugar. Mix then roast with sesame seed and arrange in banana leaves. For final cooking of this, a special Pot is required, and it is steamed cooked. People also enjoy this food with tea.
Kyat is a traditional rice beer of the Meghalaya Region. You can find kyat in every bar and restaurant. Kyat is part of every celebration, and hospitality. Made with fermented rice. Kyat is essential in the life of Meghalaya. Every state has its special drink for social events. Kyat is the drink for the Meghalaya. If you can get this drink everywhere in Meghalaya but Shilong is one of the best places to enjoy this tasty rice beer. This Locally brewed rice beer is very common to offer in the household as the hospitality of guests. Many tourists enjoy this drink when they visit Meghalaya.
Putharo is a Popular rice cake of Meghalaya. It is a classic traditional dish of Meghalaya cuisine. This popular rice cake is served with famous Non-vegetarian dishes of the State like Doh-nei-iong (pork with black sesame seeds) or Doh-jem (again pork with softer intestines) or tyrungbai (fermented soya bean paste). It is also eaten as a snack at breakfast or tea time. Putharo is made with rice and jaggery with coconut. This No-oil vegan recipe is very common in every household of Meghalaya. It belongs to the Khasi community.
The state has different communities like Khasi, Garo & Jaintia. Each community has a different choice of food. Meghalaya Cuisine has an amazing list of dishes from these communities. One of these communities is “Garo”. This community loves pork, and bamboo shoots.
FAQ- Meghalaya Food
Q1. What is the Traditional food of Meghalaya?
Here is the list of Traditional food of Meghalaya-1. Dohneiiong2. Do’o Kappa3. Pudoh4. Doh Khileh5. Tungrymbai6. Jadoh7. Pumaloi8. Bamboo Shoots9. Momos10. Mini Songa11. Pukhlein12. Sakin Gata13. Kyat14. Putharo