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. Bamboo Chicken is one such traditional delicious Chicken Recipe of Araku Valley. In Araku Valley tribal communities cook chicken inside the hollow 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 marinated chicken recipe inside the bamboo that is open from one side. And close the open end by stuffing the Sal leaves, called Adda leaves locally. This bamboo is now put on the coal fire and turned 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 bamboo is burnt black, it is an indication that chicken is done. Open the bamboo, remove the Sal leaves and the chicken is ready to be savored. Traditionally, Bamboo chicken is served again on a Sal leaf.
Trade Mark Chicken Delicacy of Araku
This is a trademark Chicken delicacy of the tribal communities of the valley. Only they are allowed to cook using the Bamboo. It is not served in restaurants, though they will arrange to bring it for you from the local 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 the 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, a pleasant drive through nature.
Recommend you to read the following Places to visit in Araku Valley.