“Food is a symptom of our culture. The way that we grow and eat food tells us everything about who we are. Everything.”
–Mary Rohlfing, Morning Owl Farm
‘Chunga chaul’ means rice made in bamboo tubes. Rice is known as ‘chaul’ in local dialects and ‘chunga’ refers to bamboo tubes cut between nodes with one end closed while the other end is left open. Chunga acts as container for storing mostly food and water in villages of North East India. Although it may sound to be pretty primitive, careless and coarse but the rustic way of cooking rice in the bamboo chunga is healthy, aromatic and simply mind-blowing. The technique is easy and gives a deep flavor to the rice. The time for cooking depends on the size of chunga, the amount of water, rice and the size of fire.
This issue, Fried Eye guest, Hardeep Singh Matharu explicitly brings the exquisite ethnic way of making chunga chaul. The following photos shot by him will take you through the process of using bamboo as a rice cooker.
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