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Sour fish curry ( with Garcinia pedunculata) |Thekera aru masor tenga

Thekera is a magical fruit found in Assam.  Its English name, perhaps the botanicals name is Garcinia pedinculata. It's taste is very tangy.  The ripe fruit can be eat as raw, but it's very tangy. Generally used in making lentil soup or sour fish curry. The ripe or raw fruit is sliced, sun-dried and preserved in bottles.

Bor Thekera fruit 

sun dried thekera slices
It has some medicinal value also. It is good for stomach related problems.  The dried fruit is soaked in water for few hours, and Its pulp can be used as an herbal appetizer.

         There is a  wide use of this fruit in Assamese cuisine.  It is used to make Kahudi or Pani tenga. A sweet and sour chutney can be make form this fruit. And the fish curry of course is very tasty and mouth watering.

Sour fish curry ( with Garcinia pedunculata) |Thekera aru masor tenga
­čôÄCourse : Main Course  ­čôÄCuisine : Indian/ Assamese  ­čö¬Preparation Time : 5 minutes ♨Cooking Time : 25minutes ­čĽ×Total : 30 minutes
­čŹ┤Servings : 2



Heart leaves- its medicinal value and use in Assamese cuisine

Heart leaves in Assamese Is called Mosondori. Its binomial name is Houttuynia cordate. It is a small plant mostly known for its medicinal value. It grows in moist and shady places. It is a flowering plant and its leaves look like circular heart shaped.  It may because of its heart shaped leaves, the name Is heart  leaves plant. Flowers are tiny white and bloom in winter season only. Heart leaves are edible and used as a herbal medicine to cure stomach related problems. It is good for diuresis and detoxification.

        Heart leaves or mosondori are used as recipes in Assamese cuisine.  These recipes are treated as home medicines. Some use these leaves  to make fish curry.  Here I am sharing 3 chutney recipes which are also used as medicines.

1. Raw heart leaves chutney

1 bunch of heart leaves
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp mustard oil
Salt to taste

Make a fine paste using all the ingredients. Serve  with rice.

2. Boiled heart leaves chutney

1 bunch of heart leave…

Recipes of Night Jasmine | Shewali phulor byonjon

   Durga puja brings together the joy and happiness in every Indians' life. Durga puja also brings new beauty to the mother nature. The night jasmine flowers blossom during this season and brings a purity to the atmosphere. Night jasmine flowers bloom at night and fall down in the morning.

Night jasmine or Coral jasmine is called Shewali phul in Assamese. These flowers are widely used in Assamese Cuisineand yes these flowers are edible. Its new leaves are coated in a batter and deep fried in  oil. Bor / pokoras can also be made from these flowers. A Kharrecipe also can be made. My mother used to make a khar recipe using broken rice and night jasmine flowers, which was very tasty.  Dry flowers are used to make fish curry. Below I have shared three different recipes of night jasmine flowers.

The recipe of Stir fried night jasmine flowers with potato :


1 big potato1 bowl of night jasmine flowers1 small onion finely chopped1/3 tbsp turmeric powder2 green chillies finely chop…

Chicken Manchurian (Gravy)

Chicken Manchurian is an Indo-Chiness recipe.  Before this, I  Have shared four Indo-Chiness recipes: Chilli fish, Fish Manchurian, Chill Chicken & Fried Rice and  Chilli Soya Chunks. Chicken Manchurian is my all time favourite. My daughter also like it very much. So quite often I cook Chicken Manchurian at home.
     Chicken Manchurian is a very popular Indo-Chiness recipe. Chicken pieces are cooked with manchurian sauces and I basically  serve this with Fried Rice. Chicken Manchurian can be of many versions.  Dry Chicken Manchurian can be served as a starter or as a side dish. Here I am sharing Gravy version of Chicken Manchurian, which can be served as a side dish with Fried Rice. Here I am sharing a very simple and home style version.

The recipe of Chicken Manchurian (Gravy)

350 gm chicken pieces2 eggs  slightly beaten3-4 tbsp flour1 onion finely chopped4-5 cloves of garlic chopped2-3 chillies finely chopped1 tbsp tomato sauce1 tbsp chilli sauce2 tbsp soy sauce1 tbsp…

Okra with yogurt | Doi bhandi

Okra or ladies' fingers  has been a part of Assamese cuisine for ages. I love to eat okra. I add okra in different dals , in fish currys , in meat currys and in making mix veggies sabji also whether dry or currys.  I cook many different okra recipes also. Such as masala bhandi, curry bhandi, okra with mustard seeds etc. But today I am sharing a recipe of okra cooked with yogurt. Doi bhandi or okra with yogurt is a simple yet delicious recipe. You can serve it as a side dish with rice.

The recipe of Okra with yogurt | Doi bhandi

10-15 mature okra1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kala jeera)1/2 tsp turmeric powder1/2 tsp cumin powder1/2 tsp coriander powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/2 tsp garam masala powder2-3 tbsp yogurt2 tbsp oilSalt to taste


Wash Okra and cut both the ends. Cut in two parts.In a bowl take yogurt.  Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well.In a pan heat oil. Add nigella seeds. When crackling add okra.  Stir an…

Canned Sardine curry

There are three different types of canned fish which are very popular in my place- Sardine,Tuna and Mackerel.
   Sardines are small and oily sea fish. Sardines are commonly served in cans. Canned fish are fish which are processed and preserved in a sealed airtight container. Sardines are canned mostly in brine, oil or tomato and chilli sauce. Fresh sardines are also ofen cooked or grilled, but I never get a chance to cook or eat fresh sardines as fresh sardines are not available in my place.

        I cook canned sardines in many diffgerent ways. Here I am sharing one of them.

The recipe of Canned Sardine curry

Preparation time - 20 minutes
Cooking time - 25 minutes
Total - 45 minutes
Serve - 2


1 small can of 210 gm Sardines*2 big potato1 onion finely chopped1 tomato finely chopped1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste1/2 tsp turmeric powder1/2 tsp cumin powder1/2 tsp coriander powder1/2 tsp red chilli powder1/2 tsp garam masala powder2-3 tbsp yogurt2 tbsp any vegetable oilSalt to taste

Fish with colocasia and sponge gourd | Bhul kosu aru mas

 Colocasia or taro is a tropical plant available in Assam region.  Its leaves,  stems, flower as well as roots are also edible. In this fish recipe I am using root colocasia.

       A scented sponge gourd is found in Assam which is called 'joha bhul' in Assamese. The aroma of this scented spounge gourd can be recognised from a distance when cooked.

       We Assamese people cannot live without fish. We love to have fish both in lunch and dinner. Different local fishes are found in Assam which tastes so delicious.  The mighty river Bhramaputra and its sub-rivers are wonderful source of some good river fish.

Assamese recipes are less spicy and more healthy. We use minimum amount of spices in cooking. Rice is the main ingredient  of Assamese cuisine as well as the main dish. So we eat fish with rice only.

The recipe of Fish with colocasia and sponge gourd | Bhul kosu aru mas

4 medium sizes fish1 colocasia root 1 sponge gourd2 green chillies chopped1 tomato chopped 1/2 …

Fish Manchurian

Fish Manchurian  is an Indo-Chinese recipe.  Indo-Chinese recipes are very simple to cook and very delicious in taste. Fish Manchurian recipe is a saucy delicacy . It is coated with batter, deep fried in oil and cooked in manchurian sauce. I like Indo-Chiness recipes very much. But I cook it in a very simple home style manner.

The recipe of Fish Manchurian

4 pieces Big fish2 tbsp corn flour2 tbsp all purpose flour/maida1 egg (beaten)1 tbsp lemon juice1 tbsp black peeper powder4-5 cloves of garlic (chopped)1 onion chopped1 tbsp chilly sauce2 tbsp tomato sauce1 tbsp soy sauce1/2 tbsp vinegarOilSalt to taste


Wash fish pieces and cut into cube sized pieces. In a bowl add fish cubes , salt, peeper powder and lemon juice. Mix well and keep it in the refrigerator for marination for 10-15 minutes.

For batter:

In a bowl add corn flour, all purpose flour, beaten egg and salt and little water.  Mix well. Remember that the batter should not be much thicker or more thinner.

 Now, In…