Mizoram Dishes & Mizo People: 8 Famous Food & Snacks of Mizoram

Mizoram offers much more than just its natural beauty. The food habits of the State has a mild influence of the Chinese and North Indian cuisines.
Mizoram Dishes & Mizo People: 8 Famous Food & Snacks of Mizoram

Mizoram is a land of the Blue Mountains and is known as one of the most disciplined states of India. Aizawl is the capital city of Mizoram. Mizoram people have a variety of unforgettable delicious delicacies to offer the world. Mizoram food has a mild influence of Chinese and North Indian cuisines. The staple food of Mizoram is rice and meat is an important part of their meals. The food preparations of the Mizo people are mostly non vegetarian. They used less oil in cooking and mostly rely on locally grown herbs and other vegetables to add flavour to food. 

List of Famous Food of Mizoram

History of Mizoram Foods or Mizoram special traditional dishes and its importance in Mizoram culture. Check the list of traditionally famous foods of mizoram. Here are a few popular Mizo dishes one can try:

1. Bai

Bai is the signature dish of Mizo. It is a stew prepared out of an assortment of vegetables. Bai can be prepared in a variety of ways by combining different seasonal vegetables. Mixed vegetable Bai is easy to prepare and is one of the popular household dishes of Mizoram, which represents their rich culture and tradition.

2. Mizo Vawksa

Mizo Vawksa is a widespread traditional non-veg dish of Mizoram. The cuisine of Mizoram is based on non-vegetarian dishes. The dish is prepared with pork and other herbs. Mizo Vawksa is the most famous smoked pork dish of Mizoram which represents their tribe's culture.

3. Chhum Han

Chhum Han is a mixed vegetable dish and is very healthy. The dish is cooked sans the use of any masalas and the vegetables are steamed till its tender. Ginger is added into the dish for extra flavour. It is a very quick and healthy recipe which can be consumed by people on diet as well.

4. Sanpiau

Sanpiau is one of the most popular dishes of Mizoram. Sanpiau recipe comes from the type of Burmese Congee called 'Hysan byok'. And as the dish started spreading across Mizoram, Hysan byok came to be known as 'San Peuh' and eventually 'Sanpiau'. This snack is very much famous in Mizoram and is enjoyed by the people of Mizoram as a snack. [Also Read: 5 Traditional & Delicious Food Dishes of Mizoram That You Must Try]

5. Bamboo Shoot fry

The other most famous snack in Mizoram is 'Bamboo shoot fry'. The dish is very much popular in Mizoram. The bamboo shoot is fried with locally found herbs and is served hot. It is a light dish and can be consumed with steamed rice.

6. Panch Phoran Tarkari

Panch phoran is a mix of whole spices in equal parts, such as Seeds, Nigella seeds, Fenugreek, Fennel Seeds, Cumin seeds and Mustard. Here Panch means 'Five' and Phoran means 'Tempering'. This dish is prepared in many parts of Mizoram and a non-vegetarian version of the dish can also be made. The dish is spiced to perfection and is delicious.

7. Koat Pitha

Mizoram koat pitha is a traditional fried sweet dish of the State. It's made with rice flour and banana. The dish is very warm and soft with a crispy outer layer. The dish makes for an ideal snack with tea.

8. Bekang

Bekang is another side dish that compliments and goes very well with the Mizoram meat dishes. This is a dish of fermented soya beans. It is a low-cost food with high nutrition and protein and also plays a very important role in Mizoram culture. Bekang is consumed raw or is made into a curry with the addition of salt, green chillies and tomatoes.

Mizoram Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Question: Name the Biggest river in Mizoram

Answer: Chhimtuipui is the biggest river in Mizoram. The state shares international boundaries with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Question: Is Mizo a Tribe?

The Mizos are divided into several sub-tribes, such as the Kuki, Luseis, Maras, Kukis, Lais etc. Each tribe of Mizoram has their own culture, traditions, customs, norms, etc.

Question: How Many Districts Are in Mizoram?

The states is divided into 11th districts, such as Aizawl, Lunglei, Lawngtlai, Saitual, Khawzawl, Hnahthial, Kolasib, Champhal, Kolasib, Lawngtlai, Lunglei, Mamit, Saiha and Serchhip. Aizawl is the capital city of Mizoram and Serchhip is the smallest district of Mizoram.

Question: What Is literacy rate of Mizoram

The literacy rate of Mizoram is 91.58% which is the second-highest literacy rate in India. People of Mizoram usually speak in Mizo and English.

Question: What is the Meaning of Mizoram?

The name Mizoram is derived from two words 'Mizo' and 'Ram', which means 'The land of the Mizos' in the Mizo language.

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