Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cauliflower Stalk Bai - Mizoram Special

BM # 39
Day : 19
State : Mizoram

The food of Mizoram has a characteristic blend of Chinese and North Indian cuisine; thereby giving it a distinct flavour and taste. The dishes mostly include non-vegetarian preparations though vegetables are also eaten along with meat.

The local people love to eat fish, mostly cooked or sauteed in mustard oil, which has a distinct flavor. Mizo people like bamboo in their food and also enjoy preparing delicacies made with duck meat.

The North eastern states did give a tough time to all of us, Mizoram was equally challenging.I must have read a number of articles and finally landed on the vegetarian Bai recipe.

Bai. is basically a non-vegetarian dish that is cooked by steaming vegetables and teaming it up with pork, spinach , bamboo shoots and served with rice. I landed on this vegetarian Bai recipe , which included rice in it, thus making it a complete meal.

This to me was more like a soup, quite bland for my taste, but later I added some chilly and soy sauce for the kids and they quite liked it.

To make it even more delicious, you could add some vinegar, and some sauces that you like.

Cauliflower Stalk Bai
Stalks+leaves of one cauliflower, chopped (add a few florets if you’d like)
1 large potato, diced
1 handful sliced beans 
1 large chili, sliced 
1 tsp cooking soda
1 salt to taste
1 liter water
1 handful rice

Bring the water to boil in a pot.
 Add the salt and cooking soda.
 Once the frothing has reduced, add the cauliflower stalks and the potatoes.
 Add chili and beans.
Add rice.
 Stir. bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
 Let the pot boil open, stirring it every few minutes.
 The dish is done when the rice has absorbed the water, about 15 minutes.

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  1. You did a wonderful bai with cauliflower stalk Vaishali, sounds very interesting. Wat a challenging experience to cook and taste na..

  2. That's a lovely bowl Vaishali..bai looks good..

  3. I too am going with the same recipe, Vaishali. It was bland for us too. :)

  4. wow, vaishali, trust you to turn the any recipe to delectable, looks nice

  5. I made this same soup and it was okay for us. We don't really eat spicy food so I guess it was not too bad.

  6. so simple, but you have made it so beautiful and irresistible..

  7. Same pinch. I made the same and I added some chilli flakes to entice my husband to taste it :)

  8. that's a really useful tip.. adding sauces.. looks light and healthy

  9. Looks very nice. Though it sounds bland, your idea of adding sauces might make it very tasty...

  10. Healthy, nutritious and delicious cauliflower soup.

  11. great to utilize stalks which often time end up in the garbage

  12. Wow the last pic want me to snap up the soup. Looks amazingly delicious. I liked your bowl/glass a lot.

  13. Nice way to use the cauliflower stalks,sounds delicious and filling..

  14. I should try this next time I get cauliflower. I will spice it up with the suggestions you gave.

  15. Same pinch Vaihali! I did not get cauliflower stalk so used veggies :)

  16. wow thats a healthy bai with cauliflower stalk in it i used broccoli stalk instead as we don't eat cauliflower .. very tempting soup to keep us warm :)

  17. Simple yet elegant dish ! lovely....