Guwahati: Savour the delicious ‘ronga mota kukura aru sandoh guri’ or chicken cooked with rice powder and herbs and relish the mouth-watering ‘hahor logot dohi kosu fong’ – duck meat cooked with yam – at the hugely popular Heritage Khorika restaurant here that marries the modern outlook on food with the traditional Assamese recipes straight from grandma’s kitchen.
At a time well-known food chains like Mainland China, Pizza Hut, KFC and Dominos are making their way into this northeastern Indian city, Khorika is a big draw among gourmands who simply love the aroma, taste and nutritional value of the age-old authentic dishes.
The eatery, owned by Assam’s most well-known Chef Atul Lahkar, opened its doors last year.
“I once asked my mother what is traditional Assamese food and she replied it is Tenga (sour curry) and khar (alkali-based dishes). It got me confused and I decided to discover the traditional Assamese food before it is too late,” Lahkar said.
“There is nothing wrong in my mother’s statements -sour and alkali are two important components of Assamese food. But I know that there is much more and one just needs to take them out from the grandmothers’ kitchen,” he added.
Lahkar, who has a deep interest in the aroma and flavours of the traditional Assamese recipes, travelled for years through the length and breadth of the state and even in other provinces of the northeast region to record the traditional recipes of different tribes and communities.
He also cooked with them to get every details of the herbs, spices and the cooking process traditionally used by the tribes and communities.
“I have gathered about 400 such traditional recipes of different tribes and communities in Assam and serve them as per the orders,” Lahkar said.
A vegetarian thali at the outlet includes all the tastes, including two traditional varieties of dal, rice, pitika (mashed potato), leafy vegetable, khar (one alkali based dish), a mixed vegetable and a Tenga (a sour curry) – and it costs only Rs.100 per person!