Muya Sikamukh Awandru (Bamboo shoot gravy) – An Authentic North East Indian, Tripuri Cuisine.

 

Muya Awandru is a bamboo shoot boiled, rice flour based gravy, cooked with fermented fish, green chilli pepper and parsley. It is one of the authentic dish of Tripura, leaving aside the rich spicy food items, this is a dish where no oil is required. We can add snail, but this is totally optional.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams of bamboo shoot
  • 100 grams of edible snail (optional)
  • 4 medium-sized fermented fish (berma)
  • 10-12 green chilli pepper
  • 3 table-spoon rice flour
  • Salt as per requirement
  • Approx 1 litre of water
  • Parsley leaves (Petroselinum crispum) [Khundrupui]

 

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PREPARATION

  • Peel off the hard exterior of the bamboo shoot, until you find the tender part and then cut into flat slices, each being 2-3 mm.
  • Wash the fermented fish thoroughly.
  • Prepare the liquid paste of rice flour
  • Cut the green chilli pepper length wise.
  • Wash the snail properly and thoroughly. Cut a small portion of the pointed end of the snail-shell.

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PROCEDURE

  • Boil the thinly sliced bamboo shoot in a cooking pot, making sure you provide enough water, so even after boiling it for 15-20 minutes in a medium high flame, there is enough water left to be drained out.
  • After draining the excess water, place another cooking pot on the flame. Boil back the sliced bamboo shoot on medium high heat. Add the finely washed snail. This time, add all the other ingredients.
  • Remember not to miss out the salt! Add required amount of salt, green chilli pepper, fermented fish and let it cook for a good 20 minutes.
  • After about 20 minutes of cooking, add the rice flour paste to it. Keep in mind to continuously keep on stirring it while pouring the paste, in order to avoid lump formation.
  • Let it cook for another 5 minutes, till you attain slightly thick gravy. Put off the flame.
  • Your Bamboo shoot gravy (Muya Awandru) is ready to eat. Serve it hot. Add some parsley leaves for garnishing purpose. Personally speaking, the parsley leaf serves as the hero of the dish! Its flavour and fragrance are just what is needed to complete the dish!

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The dish can be served with plain rice. This is one of the authentic yet simple dish of the Tripuri people. A regular dish, commonly cooked in every other house of Tripura. If you have not tried this before, I’m sure you won’t regret trying it for yourself. Don’t forget to share your experiences especially those, who are going to prepare this dish for the first time. Happy cooking till then! Eat health and stay happy.

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