Poshan Tribal Food Mela, organized by Autonomous District Council, at the ADCC campus, Tuibong in Manipur’s Churachandpur district attracted hundreds of visitors. Local tribal delicacies were the centre of attraction. The event was held as part of Rastriya Poshan Maah observance programme.
Tribal dishes such as pachokchonol (mashed wood ear mushroom), bawngke-rot, boiled pork, sawhchhiar (rice and chicken pilaf), mehpawk (chagempomba), snail, chutney, salad, different kinds of wild/organic fruits and importantly tribal drinks (rice beer and beverage made of banana) were some of the highlights of the mela, where over 50 recipes of 12 tribes of Churachandpur district were showcased. Apart from the food and the produce, the mela also witnessed traditional parade, health awareness talk, spot painting competition, etc.
Underlining the importance of nutritious food, Chairman, ADCC, V Khaikhanmung while inaugurating the Mela, said that tribal food is mostly organic and nutritious while also urging all concerned to derive maximum benefits from the event. Deputy Commissioner Shyam Lal Poonia of Churachandpur shared it is necessary to promote indigenous food, which is proven nutritious and readily available round the year at a fair price. ‘This will also go a long way in reconnecting the younger generations with their roots.’
Field officer Ng Rajesh of ADCC said the mela is the first of its kind in Churachandpur and the organizers are thrilled by the footfall.