Hentak Chaphu - 120 gm
Discover the Authentic Flavors of Manipuri Cuisine with Hentak!
Hentak is a culinary treasure hailing from the heart of Manipuri cuisine. This thick fermented paste is meticulously crafted using two key ingredients: sun-dried fish powder and the petioles of aroid plants. The process begins with the small Indian flying barb fish, which are sun-dried on bamboo trays and skillfully crushed to create a fragrant, savory fish powder. The petioles of aroid plants, on the other hand, are thoughtfully cut into pieces, left to bask in the sun for a day, and then combined in equal parts with the fish powder. This harmonious blend is then sealed in traditional earthen pots and allowed to ferment for approximately one week.
Sun-Dried Fish Powder: The foundation of Hentak is the sun-dried fish powder, a labor-intensive and time-honored process that imparts a rich, smoky essence to this delightful condiment.
Aroid Plant Petioles: The inclusion of aroid plant petioles not only enhances the flavor but also plays a crucial role in the fermentation process, resulting in a distinctive taste profile that's unique to Manipuri cuisine.
A Culinary Tradition:
In Manipur, Hentak is not just a condiment; it's a way of life. A standard ingredient in Manipuri households, it graces tables as a cherished companion to boiled rice or curry. Some variations may even incorporate additional plant ingredients like Colocasia esculenta, further enriching the culinary experience.
A Symbol of Care and Tradition:
Hentak is steeped in tradition and care. It's a homemade preparation, lovingly crafted and shared within families. It's customary to serve Hentak to expecting mothers and patients in recovery, highlighting its role as a symbol of nourishment and well-being.
Preserve the Essence of Manipuri Cuisine:
With Hentak, you're not just experiencing a condiment; you're preserving the rich heritage and flavors of Manipur. Each spoonful is a taste of tradition, and each jar is a testament to the culinary artistry of this region.