Manipur is one of the seven sisters forming the northeastern states of India. It is surrounded by Nagaland from the north, Mizoram from the south and Assam from the west. Manipur has a population of 2,855,794 as per 2011 census. Of this total, 57.2% live in the valley districts and the remaining 42.8% in the hill districts. Manipur state is famously known for its flora and fauna. It is also famous for its rich varieties of organic food. The staple diet of the people of Manipur is Rice. If you are a travel and food enthusiast, this Indian state should definitely be on your next bucket list. Fish, pork, and beef are one of the most popularly served non-vegetarian items in Manipur.
Manipur climate and the agriculture
Manipur enjoys the 5 seasons in a year, winter, autumn, spring, summer and, monsoon. Manipur’s climate and the soil conditions make it ideally suited for horticultural crops. The state is covered with over 3,000 square kilometers of bamboo forests, making it one of India’s largest contributor for the bamboo industry. Some of the cash crops in Manipur include Orange, Lemon, Lemongrass, Pineapple, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pear, and Plum.
Fresh organic vegetable and fruits are found in abundance. F
If you want to know more about all the exotic and traditional food found in Manipur. You’ve landed on the right place buddy!!
Here we have 10 of the most disgustingly healthy food items of Manipur.
It is one of the most popular and favorite cuisine in Manipur. The cuisine’s main component is the fermented fish called Ngari which is what gives the tanginess to the dish. Preparation of the dish includes boiled onion, tomato, potato, bamboo shoot, banana shoot with other types of edible plant roots and herbs. It is then garnished with herbs like coriander. The half boiled herbs and root gives the Eromba high nutritional value and is also considered a healthy snack for the people of Manipur.
2. Bitter/ Stinky beans
3. Fermented & Dry Bamboo shoot
The most consumed food item in Northeast India is the famous bamboo shoot. The fermented bamboo shoot has a very distinct and strong smell which is often a delight for the exotic food enthusiast. It is usually cooked with pork and it is also included as one of the main ingredients in the preparation of Eromba. Besides the strong smell and sour taste the bamboo shoot helps with digestion and is considered a very healthy snack when boiled with leafy vegetables.
4. Fermented pig fat
5. Fermented soybeans
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6. Fermented fish
Ngari is one of the commonly used everyday ingredients in a Manipuri household. It is a non-salted fermented fish product which can also be prepared at home or bought at the market locally or online these days. It is a great source of protein, amino acids, and minerals with probiotic properties and antioxidants which are great for purifying the blood. Ngari is added in chutneys and Eromba. And taste best when properly fried before mixing with other ingredients.
7. Pig & Cow feet
This food item is popular among North East Indian households. It is fried/ roasted or made into a stew. The food item when prepared in a stew is added with vegetable broth and king chili for flavor. It is also prepared on special occasions or family gets together as it is a special kind of food because of its preparation style. And it is a great source of protein. Cow feet is usually prepared with fermented pig fat and king chili in Mizoram and in some part of t
8. King chili
The King Chili or Ghost Chili is a must have for those who want to experience exploding flavors which burn their mouths. It is not for the light-hearted as these chilies are pungent smell and fiery hot. It is advised to King Chilli eaters to thoroughly wash their hands after eating it so that the burning sensation doesn’t transfer to other sensitive areas of their body. These chilies are a must have for those looking for adventure in terms of flavor.
Among non-vegetarian food items, worms are also another delicacy eaten by the North Eastern Indians. These worms are also great energy providers and are nature’s energy protein bars. They can be either fried or made into a stew. This worm dish has essential fatty acids which are particularly important for the healthy development of children and babies. So, why not try this food item with the younger members of the family. Some of the popular edible worms are – Bamboo worm, Silkworm, Palm worm and, Grubs (wood-eating larvae).
10. Pig Intestine
Pig Intestine is another popular food item which is prepared by properly cleaning the small intestine. And they are either fried, barbecue or made into a broth. It is often flavor with herbs and other spices which is a delicacy in North East India. When prepared pig intestine sausage, the pig’s blood, liver, fats and, spices are stuffed inside. This food item should be on the bucket list for those who want to experiment with their food palette.
Just reading about the foods of Manipur will not be enough! The cuisines of this state deserve to be tasted. Being super healthy in its nutritional value one does not have to worry too much about binge eating. So remember to visit and experience the beautiful culture, flora, and fauna of Manipur while indulging yourself in their delicacies.
Amol Bharti says
I feel like vomiting, no offense to people who like this kind of food and no offense to north east indians, i like them and respect them but this food will make me very sick very very sick and i will have trauma for many many days if someone makes me eat this forcefully.
Thanks for the honest and straight-up writeup, being from The hills of Manipur (Churachandpur) its an Honour to read your GOSSIP.
I want to comment about no 3 titled bamboo shoot. Bamboo shoot is supposed to mean fresh unprocessed young shoots of Bamboo plant, but your description seems to match it with the Fermented Bamboo shoots that we eat a lot here in Manipur. Bamboo shoot in its fresh form is eaten widely in Asian countries but the fermented form is unique to us Manipuris.
Jillian Bell says
Thank you for your insightful comment. Will update the sub-heading 3 to Fermented Bamboo shoots.
I’m not a fan of this food HAHAHA! except for the Fermented fish food here in Philippines they called it “TUYO”
Aashirvad Kumar says
Thanks for sharing such unique food. I would love to travel and try one day. I am familiar with King chili, It’s super hot!! ;-).
I’m usually very adventurous when it comes to trying new cuisines and dishes but i’ll Definitely pass on the worms no matter how healthy they are!
Neil Alvin Nicerio says
Ohhh ok… Time to cancel my flight. Hahaha.
I don’t think I will be trying any of that. But interesting!
I won’t lie this almost made me gag..:(
I am good with chili and cow feet, but I am not very sure about the rest to be honest with you 😀
Hoang Vi Fessenden says
Oh wow who woulda thought!
Ivan Jose says
I find these quite interesting. Fermented food is definitely smelly but they do taste good, too.
Interesting food you share here. Cool post about Manipur!
Haroon Ejaz says
I would never dare to eat those
Devyani Ray says
Some of these I can eat but other’s I can’t even imagine! But I am sure these are delicious as they are a delicacy after all.
oh god! I will die unhealthy but I don’t want to eat this.
Woah! I am surprised here. People eat worms too. I would like to hear it from my manipuri friends. I haven’t tried any of these dishes. But, I would like to try bamboo shoot and fish.
D'ondra M Howard says
I don’t think I want to try any of these dishes. Have you eaten of them.
okay, i’m good on everything except for #9. I used to think I would try anything and everything, but.. I passed on the crickets in Mexico – not gonna eat the worms ?
Drea Anderson says
So, lots of fermented dishes. Fermented dishes are great for the digestive system, which is excellent!
Luna S says
I don’t know if I’d have the stomach to try any of these but I think those who will try them are amazing.
There are a lot of fermented foods in there, and I am not sure I fancy any of them. The last one actually is popular in the European countries and it goes under the name of “black pudding”. I like it.
I couldn’t be paid to try any of these. Gross lol.
My first expression after reading this was Ewwwww. I find it weird that these r healthy too.