Aakhol Ghor, the Assamese Cuisines and Foods from Assam

Its all about Food and Food Habits from the land of blue hills and red river, Assam.

Aakhol Ghor means Kitchen in Assamese. Assamese traditional Kitchens normally has two parts. First the dining area plus a small cooking space for tea etc. And the next bigger and more functional room is the actual kitchen with at least two earthen fire places (chowka).If you are a food lover you can hope to see a lot of authentic Assamese Recipes in this place......


Some famous Chef of India once said, " India is so unique, one can find three different recipes for the same chicken curry in the three houses lined in the same row. Every kitchen and every cook in India has it's own cook book, unlike rest of the world."
I personally feel it is so well said. Even in my case, you might find small to big differences in your known method of cooking and the ones posted here. I call them true Assamese for two main reasons, one: because of the spices used, and two: my granny knew nothing beyond her village ( she did not believe that cauliflower can be green, which is Broccoli). So whatever she cooked was passed on over generation. And my Mom finds it hard to believe anything can be cooked beyond her traditional methods( she is best at it, though she makes excellent Indo - Chinese things, invented). So please feel free to put in your comments / correction. One thing I can assure is I have cooked all these ( everything) myself with my own hands at least once. So whatever is here is tried and tested. You are always welcome to do your bit of experiment !!!!!

Sagoli Mangxor Jol ( Mutton Curry )

I am sure we get mutton in all parts of the world. So this recipie can be tried and tasted by any one.
Ingradients :

  1. Mutton - 1 Kg ( Cut into medium size pieces)

  2. Onion - 2 Medium

  3. Ginger - 2 tsp paste

  4. Garlic - 3 tsp paste

  5. Cumin - 3 tsp

  6. Dry red chilly - 3

  7. Salt, Turmeric - to taste

  8. Black Peper - 4 to 5

  9. Potato - Cut in half ( optional)and light deep fried.

  10. Mustard Oil


Clean the meat and add Onion, Ginger, Garlic, Salt and turmeric. Add one spoon Mustard oil. Mix it all well. Heat a wok. Add about 3 spoon oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the Mutton. Cook till the water is out and than dried. Now boil some water seperately in a pan. Add the potato and mix well. Add sufficient water and pressure cook for the meat to be tender. Once done, place the meat in the wok back or remove the lid from the cooker and cook open for the water to dry a little bit. Add broken black peper. Remove from heat. Serve with rice or Roti.

Kasu thor Jalukia or Jhola

Kasu Xaak or Taro Leaves is a green vegitable variety. This recipie is one of the typical assamese cooking with least of oil and spices.


  1. Kumolia Kasu Thor - Taro Leaves which have not grown completely : 7 to 8 stems

  2. Jaaluk - Black Peper : 5 to 7 broken

  3. Masoor/Boot/ Rahar Dal - Red Lentil / Bengal gram : 3 table spoon

  4. Salt to taste

  5. Turmeric to taste

  6. Ginger Garlic paste (not fine paste) in equal amout about 2 tea spoon

  7. A pinch of Sugar if you prefer.

  8. Paanch Foran - One Pinch

  9. One spoon oil


Clean the Kasu Xaak and chop in big pieces.Put all ,but oil and paanch foran, of the ingredients in a pressure cooker ( preferably a pressure cooker, you can use othe heavy pan as well). Once it is cooked well, remove from flame. Place a pan on the stove, heat well. Add one spoon oil and add the paanch foran to the hot oil. Saunt for half a minute. Add the boiled kasu in to the pan. Let it shimmer for some time in a very low flame.

Serve hot with a rice platter.