Assamese cuisine is unlike what you experience in the rest of India. The diversity of flavors in Assamese dishes is amazing. What seems most intriguing to others is the way Assamese tribes make use of rarely used herbs and vegetables to make lip smacking dishes. While they are rice and meat lovers, Assamese people also make use of plenty of vegetables and fruits, which are not used so much in cooking outside the state. One example is Ou Tenga, or Elephant Apple.
When you see an ou tenga fruit, you may not think of using it to make lentil dishes but that is exactly what Assamese people do! This fruit can be used to make tangy and tasty daal, which can be served with rice. You will need ½ ou tenga, chopped green chillis, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, salt, mustard oil and 250 gm lentil (masoor daal).
At first, cut the fruit in pieces. Wash the lentil and cook in a pressure cooker with turmeric powder, salt and ou tenga pieces. Let it boil properly. In a pan, sauté fry green chilli and mustard seeds in oil. Then pour the boiled daal into it. Cook for a few minutes and serve hot.
Here we tried to use the fruit in Dal and presenting you. Any time you visit Assasm, do not forget to ask for Dal with Ou Tenga.
You will love the tangy taste of the fruit mixed with Dal