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Manipuri Woman makes Naga Food a Rage in Belgium: Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen leaves people hungry for more!

Lulu's Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu's Kitchen. Image source: Facebook

Indian food has been a great hit among foreigners since a long time. Whether Indians set up food joints in other countries or foreigners visiting India, in both cases Indian cuisine is drool worthy to them. But it must be noted that most of the food across the borders is North Indian food- butter chickens and dal makhani and chicken tikkas. It is surprising to see how Lulu Pheiga, a woman from the Rongmei Naga tribe of Manipur, has made Naga food a ‘rage’ in Genk, Belgium.

Lulu's food truck reads 'Back to the roots' Source: Facebook
Lulu’s food truck reads ‘Back to the roots’. Source: Facebook

Her food truck named Lulu’s Tribal Kitchen serves simple North East Indian food, using authentic spices and condiments she imports from Imphal, Manipur.

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Lulu says to theindiandiaspora.com, “It was only when I went to Delhi to work that I started trying out recipes and started looking out for the right ingredients. I would wait to go home to get the right stuff, or would wait for friends to bring along. Now that I am here, it’s the same story again! So I want to start import of local northeastern herbs which would benefit people who want to explore the cuisine as well as help the local farmers there.”

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Authentic north East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu's Kitchen @ Facebook
Authentic North-East Indian food is popularly paired with rice. Source: Lulu’s Kitchen @ Facebook

Food from north-eastern parts of India is also famous all over the nation, especially in North India due to its simplicity and exotic flavours. With the trend of food adaptation and modification or improvisation, authentic Naga food is a unique style of cuisine. Some of them are:

Here is a list of mouth-watering food items that you will find hard to resist!

– Smoked Pork: Meat or pork is hung above a Naga kitchen’s fire for several days until it is crispy on the outside and juicy inside. The food item is usually preferred with rice but you can try it with slices of bread as well.

– Bamboo Steamed Fish: Bamboo is one of the most famous ingredients of Naga food. In Bamboo Steamed Fish, fish is stuffed inside bamboo sticks’ tubes and flavored with light spices and it is cooked in steam. It is then emptied from the bamboo shoot can be eaten with a variety of sauce.

– Eromba: This healthy dish emerges from Manipur. Vegetables are boiled and mixed with smoked or roasted fish, and the fiery flavor of the world’s hottest chilli Raja Mirchi is added. Eromba is to be eaten with rice or Manipur’s millet bread.

The Indian Diaspora Website mentions, Lulu’s primary support is her husband, and the two wish to come up with a restaurant in northeast India that serves Belgium specialty dishes, which sounds like culture exchange at its best! This year in 2016, the couple are planning to visit Nagaland during the infamous Hornbill Festival along with some of their Belgian tourists, in an attempt to show the incredible north-east India is.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani of NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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Study Reveals, Genetics Can Affect The Way in Which One Tastes Food

The study is scheduled to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2019

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Genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice. Pixabay

Genetics make certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study.

“Your genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice,” said study author Jennifer L. Smith from University of Kentucky.

According to the researchers, everyone inherits two copies of a taste gene called “TAS2R38”. People who inherit two copies of the variant called AVI aren’t sensitive to bitter tastes from certain chemicals.

Those with one copy of AVI and another called PAV perceive bitter tastes of these chemicals, however, individuals with two copies of PAV, often called ‘super-tasters,’ find the same foods exceptionally bitter.

“We’re talking a ruin-your-day level of bitter when they tasted the test compound. These people are likely to find broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage unpleasantly bitter; and they may also react negatively to dark chocolate, coffee and sometimes beer,” Smith said.

For the study, researchers analysed food-frequency questionnaires from 175 people (average age 52, more than 70 per cent female) and found that people with the PAV form of the gene were more than two and a half times as likely to rank in the bottom half of participants on the number of vegetables eaten.

Bitter-tasting status did not influence how much salt, fat or sugar the participants ate.

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Genetics make certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study. Pixabay

“We thought they might take in more sugar and salt as flavour enhancers to offset the bitter taste of other foods, but that wasn’t the case,” Smith said.

“Down the road we hope we can use genetic information to figure out which vegetables people may be better able to accept and to find out which spices appeal to supertasters so we can make it easier for them to eat more vegetables,” Smith added.

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The study is scheduled to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16-18 in Philadelphia. (IANS)