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Why shouldn’t you miss out on Pura Maas Pitika or Khorikaa when you’re in Assam! Choukascribbled

Choukascribbled“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” : Leonardo da Vinci

Assamese cuisine is all about simple rustic cooking techniques yet bold flavours and rich nutritional values. The harmony of ‘nutrition and taste’ is the soul ingredient in every Assamese Dish.
As someone said “Finding pleasure in simplicity is an attitude”, Assamese cuisine and for that matter any North East Indian cuisine must have an attitude second to none, just for keeping things so simple with the minimalistic use of preservatives, dry species and other condiments.
The flavours of the star ingredients are always allowed to manifest itself in its full glory.Maas Pitika

One such dish, is Khorikaa – a perfect embodiment of all the traits described above. Unlike most other barbecues or tandoori preparations, Khorikaa is just smeared with salt, turmeric, lime juice and may be sometimes with a paste of ginger and garlic.
When ready, you can either have it straight away, or may be make a mash with various other ingredients as described below….Maas Pitika

Khorikaa is a thick bamboo skewer used for barbecues or smoky preparations using mostly fish or meat in wood fire. Its one of our most loved cuisines and you would easily come across it in any rural Assamese kitchens.

I make it a point to never miss it when I visit home, and my favourite khorikaa dishes are ‘Khorikaat dia / Pura Goroi Maas Pitika’ and Pork Khorikaa.

Maas PitikaThe cooking technique is very simple, all you need is a bit of patience and care with your skewers around the woodfire.
There is absolutely no use of curd, grounded spices/aromatics or any barbecue sauce that are normally added to a tikki or tandoori preparations. Simply marinate the fish with salt turmeric and ginger garlic paste (optional) and skewer it. When done, remove the fish from the skewers and chop it coarsely. Add chopped onion, chillies, fresh coriander, a dash of lime juice and a generous drizzle of mustard oil. Mix well and serve. I have added roasted tomatoes and chilly oil for extra heat and flavor.Maas Pitika

Article By Antara Boruah

An avid traveller, Food Designer, Geologist and Founder of Choukascribbled


Hello  Thanks for dropping by! I am Antara Boruah, a ‘khar khuwa’ Assamese by blood and a geologist by background. An avid traveller, who love to get lost in nature’s wilderness! From Regal Mountains to deep Aquamarine Ocean, it never fails to offer me my own rare moment of peaceful tranquillity. And I would definitely thank my stars, that has made it possible to live my dream of travelling to the far flung volcanic massive in the Mediterranean Sea to those intricately folded and faulted hard terrains of the Appalachians and the ever growing majestic Himalayas. But most importantly I am a hard core foodie, a passionate cook and a die-admirer of our rich cultural heritage. I strongly believe that food and travel go hand in hand. Food being such a significant trademark of a culture, one cannot really experience place unless one has dined the local way. And finally I am also a daughter, wife, sister, daughter in law and a friend in need; few roles that I have proudly played so far 😉