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6 Famous and Authentic Dishes of Assam

The Assamese cuisine is steeped in tradition and has a distinct flavour to enjoy. Learn about Assam's varied traditional cuisines by reading this page.

Chintu Das
Masor Tenga In The Bowl
Masor Tenga In The Bowl

Assam, one of India's north-eastern states, has its unique culture, way of life, and eating customs. The flavors of Assamese food are distinct and subtle. If you appreciate tasting different foods and regional cuisines, you must visit Assam and sample their amazing and delectable traditional cuisine, which will undoubtedly satisfy your palate. The recipes are characterized by their preference for mostly roasted and steamed items.

Rice is the state's main meal, and it comes in a variety of kinds, including Joha, Saul bora, japonica, basmati, and others. Mustard oil is widely available throughout the state and is used in almost all dishes. Bamboo shoots, jackfruit, bananas, olives, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables are frequently used. They prefer meals with a lot of other rich spices like cumin, coriander, mustard, ginger, garlic, fenugreek, panch foran, cardamom, and a few more.

Bamboo shoots are frequently utilized in the roasting of poultry and mutton, as well as in the preparation of rice. Silkworm is Assam's most well-known and acclaimed delicacy, and everybody visiting the state should sample it. On special occasions, they also provide pithas, goor ka kheer (Goor payas), Coconut pithas (Narikol pitha), Coconut laddoos (Narikol laru), and many other delectable sweet dishes.

Traditional Assamese cuisine is distinct, flavorful, and delectable, and you will never forget it. Let's look at some delicious Assamese traditional local cuisine that you should eat at least once in your life.

Traditional Assamese Cuisine

Try this authentic food of Assam; 

Masor Tenga 

This is a non-vegetarian meal that is perfect for the summer. The sourness comes from the addition of tomatoes, dried mangosteen, lemon, raw mango, and elephant-apple, and the term 'Tenga' means sour. The food is flavoured with fenugreek, five mixed spices (panch phoran), and mustard seeds, despite the lack of seasoning. It's a delicately flavoured sour fish curry that's finest served for lunch or dinner. It also helps with food digestion.

Aloo Pitika 

This recipe is simple and reminds me of mashed boiling potatoes with an Assamese twist. It's a comforting and quick-to-make side dish created by mashing cooked potatoes and frying them in mustard oil with onions, salt, and coriander pieces.

Ouu tenga 

This chutney has a sweet and sour flavor and is made with cooked mashed elephant apple (Ouu) and jaggery.

Duck meat curry 

This is another hidden gem that can take your breath away with just one bite. It's only served on special occasions. It's commonly made using ash grounds, but sesame, lentils, or pumpkins can also be used.


Assam is notable for silkworms, as previously said. It's tasty and crunchy at the same time. Spices are added during the frying process to make the larvae crispier. This is something that most tribal people have, and it is something that everyone should have.


It is considered the main culinary dish that must be included in the large traditional Assamese thali. The dish is non-vegetarian and consists of raw papaya, taro, and pulses as the primary ingredients. To give it a particular flavor, the following ingredients are filtered through dried banana leaves. This meal is usually served with rice and is included in the lunch menu.

(Also read: 7 Super Easy And Mouth-Watering Soy Recipes)

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