Assam is the North Eastern state, famous for its beautiful locales and splendid tea gardens. Every year, a large number of tourists visit this “Paradise of East” to experience an altogether unique natural beauty in addition to tasting the wonderful cuisine of the state. The food in Assam tastes very different from that in the other parts of the country, chiefly because it involves very little use of spices, lesser degree of cooking over fire and use of exotic fruits and vegetables grown in the state. Besides the traditional meals, the street food of Assam constitutes mainly of the following dishes:
Topping the list of the best street foods in Assam is Assam Laksa, which is basically a Malaysian spicy noodle soup, constituting of Laksa noodles or rice vermicelli cooked in coconut milk base, in case of curry laksa and tamarind flavored fish paste base in case of Assam laksa. You can taste diverse variants of this street food in the state.
Momos are small steamed dumplings of white flour, which are filled with chopped vegetables, cheese or meat, served with spicy red garlic sauce. Basically, a Tibetan dish, you can taste these steaming hot heavenly tasting delights all across the streets of Assam. These are very reasonably priced and light to digest too.
Next among the best street foods of Assam is a popular snack dish named jhalmuri, which is made by tossing up ingredients like puffed rice, bhujia, nuts, spices, chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies, together in a little bit of mustard oil. You will find this delicious any time snack being served in paper cones on all the streets of the state.
Wantons are similar to momos, except for the fact that they are fried rather than steamed. These are small stuffed fried dumplings, both veg and non veg, which originated in China. They are served with red garlic sauce and taste delicious and crispy on a cool evening spent on the streets of Assam.
Another much loved street food in Assam is the traditional Chinese dish called chilli chicken, which consists of tender pieces of chicken cooked in Chinese sauces, with lots of onions, capsicum and green chillies to lend it an exotic flavor.
Chow mein is another Chinese food which you can find in abundance on the streets of Assam. These delicious noodles are cooked with lots of vegetables or chicken pieces, along with Chinese sauces, to prepare both veg and non-veg variants. The dish is filling as well as reasonably priced.
Ghugni is the next street food featuring on this list. The spicy, mouth watering treat is made up of boiled peas mixed up with generous helpings of chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies. All the ingredients are tossed in tamarind chutney to give it a tangy taste.
Next among the favorite street foods of Assam is a variant of the common bread Poori, which is known as Luchi. Luchi is prepared by deep frying a roti made up of white flour, without making it crisp. It is served with delicious potato curry.
No meal in Assam is complete without paan and there is no such street here, where you will not find a paan stall. A paan is made by rolling supari (betel nut), along with tobacco and gulukand (a paste of sweetened rose petals) in paan leaves. It acts as a mouth freshener after meals.
Assam is a state famous for its tea gardens, so how can you not find tea stalls on the streets of the state. Tea, popularly known as Saah in Assamese is an integral part of the cuisine of the state. You can taste a variety of teas grown indigenously on these street stalls.
Be sure to relish all these amazing street foods the next time you visit the state of Assam.