Food and Cuisine


Arunachal Pradesh food is that it differs from tribe to tribe. As you move toward the eastern and Central side of Arunachal people are dependent on bamboo and other leafy vegetables which are strictly boiled. Fried food is not very popular as people like to eat either boiled or smoked food and toward the Western Sector dairy products are more in use. some of the most common food and cuisines are;

  • Amin

    Amin, gravy rice granules prepared with meat, and baka/kopi boil, a wild eggplant.

  • Apong

    Apong It is just another name for rice beer and is one of the most important traditional drink of Arunachal, and forms an important part of Arunachal Pradesh Food. This beer is home-made, free of any chemicals and is also light on the buds if you're a light drinker and want a little light beer instead of the usual strong commercialized one.

  • Bamboo shoot

    Bamboo shoot is widely eaten through all the North Eastern States because of its delicate flavor and is a chief component of Arunachal Pradesh food. Bamboo shoots are used in the dishes of boiled vegetables, cooked meat, pickles and chutneys.

  • Chura

    It is a kind of a curry made of fermented cheese made by either yak milk or cow's milk and not to forget most important the flakes and a few pieces of the King chilly which makes it spicy but delicious

  • Lukter

    Lukter is a combination of cooked dry meat and chilly flakes from the King chilly or Bhut Jolokia. Like the norm goes with Arunachal, this too is just a side dish meant to be eaten with the rice.

  • Marua

    Marua is also a home-made alcohol that is very famous in Arunachal Pradesh cuisine. The only difference is that this alcoholic beverage is made of millet instead of rice.

  • Nou kai noo som

    Nou kai noo som, a chicken preparation with tender fermented bamboo shoots.

  • Nou moo phan

    Nou moo phan - pork blended with local herbs.

  • Paa nung

    Paa nung, fish blended with local herbs and wrapped in tong/ekkam and steamed.

  • Pehak

    Pehak is also a side dish delicacy of Arunachal Pradesh Food. Pehak is a type of spicy chutney that is made by the use of fermented soya bean and chilli. The chilly obviously being the King chilly is the main ingredient in this dish as that's what makes it hot and spicy.

  • Pika pila

    Pika pila is a famous type of a pickle that is mostly made by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a favorite dish of Arunachal Pradesh Food and Cuisine.

  • Rice

    Rice is a staple product in Arunachal Pradesh food, and any other food is just a side dish. The main source of food anywhere is Rice but in Arunachal it is more focused. The most important and different thing about their rice is that the Arunachalis prefer to cook their rice in the hollow bamboo over some hot coal to give it a different flavour than other types of rice.


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