Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani, recently shared the recipe of a traditional dish from Nagaland with her followers to celebrate POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Maah 2020.
The minister took to Twitter to share the video of a healthy recipe that has been prepared by a 13-year-old girl, Ayim Imchen, who is from Dimapur, Nagaland.
Smriti Irani shared the video with the caption, “13-year-old budding Chef Ayim Imchen from Dimapur has learnt a traditional dish from her Grandmother. This simple nutritious recipe from Nagaland is just the tip of the huge iceberg called Indian cuisine. Share your traditional family dish (sic).”
Ayim Imchen, who is a budding chef, aimed to recreate a delicious Naga Yam Stew, which was originally made by her grandmother. The ingredients for the healthy Naga stew were Yam, mustard leaves, tomatoes, chilli and ginger.
In the video, Chef Imchen explained how cooking with mustard leaves and ginger was a traditional way of cooking in Nagaland. She revealed how her grandmother would recall her great-grandmother cooking the exact same way. The comforting Yam Stew was quite easy to make and ready in no time. Chef Imchen suggested it could be eaten with steamed or sticky rice.
Packed with nutritional goodness, yam is known to be an excellent source of dietary fibres and is also enriched with potassium. “This simple nutritious recipe from Nagaland is just the tip of the huge iceberg called Indian cuisine,” said Irani in her tweet. She further asked users to contribute their own traditional family recipes as part of the government’s ongoing POSHAN Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Month.
The POSHAN Abhiyaan is being celebrated all through September in order to bring about discussions around healthy food. There have been a series of activities organised by the government, and one of these is the contest of sharing traditional family recipes with good nutritional value. The month is on till 30th September 2020.