Red Ant, Silkworm And More: 5 Bizarre Dishes That Exist And Eaten in India
Do you know that Indian cuisine involves certain weird foods like silkworm pupas, rotten potatoes, and baby shark curry apart from these royal inclusions? Yes, you read that right. Here we hold your hands and take you to a less-explored wild world of food.
What do you think of when you hear 'Indian cuisine'? The richness of flavours in dishes like Biryani, Chole Bhature, Pav Bhaji, and sweetness of mouth-watering desserts like Rasgulla, Sevaya Kheer, Rice Pudding, etc.? Do you know that Indian cuisine also involves certain weird foods like silkworm pupas, rotten potatoes, and baby shark curry apart from these royal inclusions? Yes, you read that right. And, if you think the list of the unusual and creepy foods ends with the shark curry, you are mistaken. Here we hold your hands and take you to a less-explored wild world of food.
Red Ants Chutney
If you are looking for some culinary adventure, you must try making red ants' chutney. The local Dhuruva tribe in Chattisgarh loves relishing this creepy chutney which is also known as Chaprah. The dish is associated with various health benefits due to formic acid present in ants. This acid has antibacterial properties and also acts as a preservative. Chaprah is prepared by drying red ants and crushing them with salt, spices, and sweeteners.
Snail Stew And Steamed Hornets
If you have ever been to Nagaland, you must be aware of the creepy dishes served in the city. And, two most loved dishes by the people of Nagaland include snail stew and steamed hornets. These are popular street foods sold in this North-Eastern state where over 15 different tribes live, and all of them have a distinctive style of cooking.
People of three different tribes majorly love this Meghalayan dish, Khasis, Jaintia, and Garos. They have a soft heart for pork and rice. Doh Khela is prepared with pork, onion salad, and pig's brain. Yes, it sounds gross and, but the dish is a favourite of people in Meghalaya.
Eri Polu Silkworm
This popular silkworm dish is one of the most preferred foods in Assam. It may sound like an unconventional choice, but do you know that eating silkworms have an array of health benefits? Yes, you read it right. Silkworms are known to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease, reduce your chances of developing diabetes, increase your muscle strength, and reduce fatigue.
Bhunni is a Garhwali dish. It is prepared using a goat's stomach, liver, intestine, and blood. A few spices are also used to add flavour to this unique dish. If you can have an animal's blood without hesitating, you should try Bhunni whenever you get a chance to visit Uttarakhand.