Travel to a destination cannot be complete without the local food. Every place no matter how small or big has a local delicacy hidden in its regional cuisine. Most of the times ingredients remain the same. But it’s the process that makes all the difference. This is one such traditional delicious chicken recipe of Araku Valley. In Araku Valley tribal communities cook chicken inside the hollow part of the bamboo shoot without using any oil or water.
Bamboo Chicken Recipe from Araku Valley
They take the small raw chicken pieces, marinate it with the ginger heavy masala. Stuff the marinated chicken recipe inside the bamboo piece that is open from one side. And close the open end by stuffing the Sal leaves, called Adda leaves locally. This piece is now put on the coal fire. And turned around a few times so that the heat spreads out evenly. Note that no oil or water is used in this cooking. It is only the heat passing through the burning bamboo that cooks the food inside. Once the outside parts look a bit burnt black, it is an indication that chicken is cooked well. Then open the bamboo, remove the Sal leaves. The chicken delicacy is ready to be savored. Traditionally, this local tribal delicacy is served on Sal leaves.
Trade Mark Chicken Delicacy of Araku
This is a trademark delicacy of the tribal communities of the valley. Only they are allowed to cook using the bamboo. It is not served in restaurants. Though the local restaurants will arrange to bring it for you from the tribal sellers. You will find small roadside stalls made of bamboo, managed mostly by women. With green bamboos standing, masalas or spices scattered and a small coal Chulha or stove at the back. I was told that during peak season people have to wait for hours before they can get this dish. Such is the popularity that it enjoys. I could not figure out if the Government has put a restriction on others making the dish. But if they have, it is definitely a good move. It is helping a lot of the local population to reap the benefits of the tourism economy.
My only grouse is that being a vegetarian I could not enjoy the bamboo cooking. I tried asking them if they can make anything vegetarian using the same method. But no one showed any enthusiasm at the suggestion. They only smiled and I tried to guess the taste from the faces of those who were eating.
You will find the beautiful landscape of the Coffee plantations along the roads leading to the town. It is a pleasant drive through the beauty of nature.
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