We are going to toast some small fish and have it with rice.
This tastes like toddy mixed with rice soup.
It is more sour than toddy.
What is your name? Oh, it is a difficult name.
I didn't get it.
We are cooking a cassava biriyani.
You might have already seen the video.
I did a separate video for that.
It is being cooked.
By the time it is cooked, let me tell you a story of some tastes.
It is the story of two items that we tasted from Majuli, the largest river island in the world.
One is rice beer.
Don't start complaining on hearing the word beer.
It is something that they make at home.
With rice beer, we also tasted a wonderful pork curry.
It was a pork curry made in Northeast or Assamese style.
That is what we see in this video.
We went to Majuli towards the end of our northeast bike ride.
Though it is a river island, we won't feel that it is an island.
It is a group of two villages.
It is a huge island.
There we saw their local dance forms.
In Kerala, we have a method of toasting fish wrapped in banana leaf.
We do that for pearl spot.
They do the same kind of cooking for small fish.
We will try that at home once.
But they don't add any spices other than turmeric and salt.
They wrap the fish in banana leaf and toast it.
I tasted it.
I like our taste more than theirs.
Let us start our lunch with this toasted fish.
There is toasted small fish kept here.
I am getting the flavor of banana leaf.
But there are no spices at all in this.
So I am getting a mixed taste of fish and banana leaf.
After lunch, we went to a tiny house that looked like a hut.
Most houses in that place are built over wooden poles.
We went to one such house.
There was an old woman there.
And two more people, a man and a lady.
It was that lady who cooked a pork dish for us.
It was cooked in a manner totally different from ours.
It was wonderfully cooked with potatoes and onions.
Those people don't eat too much spices.
They use turmeric powder.
Chili powder may or may not be used.
They just use salt, onions, ginger, garlic, and green chilies.
They don't use masala powders.
Pork curry was made with these ingredients.
This is a fruit called elephant apple.
This is normally added to dishes for a sour taste.
So the preparation of pork curry was over.
There was a grandmother there.
She started drinking rice beer.
It was fun to watch her drink with a toothless smile.
While drinking that, she was talking in their local language.
She was really enjoying it.
Rice beer is a common drink among the people here.
There is nothing wrong about that.
It is a fermented drink.
But everybody takes it.
Local language I also tasted it with them.
We couldn't watch the preparation of rice beer.
Even if we have the shots, we can't show it in videos.
So we tasted rice beer and later, pork curry also.
Pork and rice beer was a good combination.
Even though it didn't have much spices, it was hot.
As chilies were added, it was hot and had a special taste.
Today we are going to have pork.
We saw the preparation already.
We have rice beer also to go with it.
Rice beer is commonly made in all houses here.
Let me try this.
I have tried this before, when I went to Nagaland.
I tried this when I went to Nagaland for Hornbill Festival.
Then I felt that it tasted like rice soup mixed with toddy.
Let us try this one.
This also tastes the same.
This is just like rice soup mixed with toddy.
It is a bit more sour.
You know why it tastes like rice soup? This is rice beer.
This is made after fermenting rice soup for around 15 days.
Let me taste this.
And pork also with that.
This is their special dish.
This is a very well-cooked pork.
Superb pork curry.
It is very hot as they added plenty of crushed chilies.
There is potato also.
Potatoes are also cooked well and mixed with this.
After all that, we spend the night at a friend's house.
Majuli was a wonderful experience.
I already told you that Majuli is world's largest river island.
But it is shrinking in size.
Brahmaputra is a river with strong currents.
During the course of its flow, Brahmaputra is eating up parts of this island.
So the island is slowly reducing in size.
For reaching Majuli, we to travel by ferries.
For coming out from there, it is again ferry.
There are places in Majuli where they make masks.
We went to a sathram (lodge) where they make face masks.
They make face masks only.
We could watch the process of making masks from there.
There are many lodges there.
Some of them make masks, some make clothes.
Some places are for dance and music.
All those were wonderful sights.
This is a short video.
Many viewers had asked for northeast videos.
We will be doing a complete set of northeast videos in our channel, Jaunt Monkey.
Jaunt Monkey is more about travel.
Please watch those videos.
There is a seller here.
Let us ask his name.
What is your name? His name is Naveen.
When I said it is for YouTube, he asked the channel name.
He is planning to subscribe it right now.
There is nobody in this area.
It is just Vineeth and I.
And some bamboo forests and a beautiful stream.
Nothing else is there.
If you ask me whether I am scared, yes I am a bit scared.
We are hurrying up because we have to reach there and come back before dark.
See, he is running.
We had come here last time also.
But it was not very colorful then.
Last year, we had come here on our way to Kohima.
This was not very colorful at that time.
I am exhausted.
There is scope for going back.
We have to continue on this path.
If you haven't seen Rainbow waterfalls, you miss so much.
What a wonderful feel.
Water is splashing everywhere.
We removed our shirts.
Otherwise, it will get completely soaked in water.
This is much more than happiness.
But we have to be very careful.
It is slippery here.
There are steps till here.
We are allowed to come till this point.
We can't go further than this.
Come only till here.
Don't try to take bath here.
It is not safe.
Let us end this video here.
Always be happy.
I know that lock-down days are difficult.
But we shouldn't lose our happiness.
Always be with us.
Goodbye for now.