Although I have never been to the north-east part of the country, but various infotainment shows around the region's culinary delights have long piqued my curiosity. And now with the meal delivery-service O'Tenga in Mumbai I finally got to relish traditional Assamese food, one of the prominent cuisines from north-east India.
Founded by home chefs Joyee Mahanta and Priyangi Borthakur less than a year ago, this service caters to areas in and around the western suburb of Andheri West. Their signature dishes include hearth, traditional preparations like Khorisa Bhut Jolokia Pork, Chicken Chilli Fry, Ou- Tenga Bilahi Masor Tenga, Koldil Bhaji, Aloo Pitika, Mixed Herbs Mutton, Ou- Tenga Bilahi Mosur Dail, Bengena Koni Pitika, Fish in Coconut gravy among other offerings.
Here is a look at some of the dishes from the above list and a few other offerings I tried from their menu:
My love for potatoes never seems to cease and the moment I saw this potato side dish on the menu I jumped to order it. This humble preparation comprises of mashed potatoes mixed with raw chopped onions, green chillies, fresh green coriander and flavoured with mustard oil. The dish has an understated pungency that pleasures the palate.
CHICKEN CHILLI FRY
If you have a penchant for spicy food then you have met your match in the form of this appetizer. Boneless chicken chunks were stir fried with onions, ginger and a touch of bhut jholakia chilli that adds a profound piquant flavour to the dish. The quantity of the dish is fit for consumption by two individuals so make sure you are sharing this with someone.
This was the quintessential Assames mutton stew. The mutton was succulent and falling off the bone while the stew was light and redolent of mustard flavour.
LAU BILAHI MASOR TENGA
Fresh water fish was cooked in a flavourful broth comprising of lau/bottle gourd and bilahi/tomato. The preparation had a very homely and the tartness of tomatoes was balanced off well by the sweetness of the gourd.
I enjoyed the mutton and fish dishes as part of their preset meals that come with a portion of steamed rice, curry/stew and a side of aloo pitika & homemade chickpea pickle called BUTO'R ACHAR.
Started of as a thought to fill the gap for Assamese food in Mumbai, O'Tenga is surely achieving its objective and pleasuring the tastebuds of foodies like me. The price points of dishes are reasonable for the heart-warming portion sizes offered.
So do try out their wonderful fares and let me know what you think about them.
Till then Happy Eating...
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast