Food of Nagaland


The food of Nagaland comprises of plain rice, cooked vegetables and meat. The local indigenous tribal communities of Nagaland are non- vegetarians who savor meats of all the animals. Dogs, spiders, pork, beef, crabs, cats, chicken and even elephants are eaten with great enthusiasm.

The native population of Naga tribes loves to add spices and chilies in their daily diet. The food habits reflect the unique cultural traits and traditional legacy of the local indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland who usually do not throw any part of the animal. The intestines and skins of the animals are considered to be a delicious dish among the native population of the state.

However, owing to their rich religious beliefs and customs, the Naga tribal community is not allowed to eat flesh of some animals lest the qualities of that particular animal are transferred. As per the traditional rituals, the majority of the restrictions are applied to the female folk. In some cases, the old men are not subjected to any kind of social taboo.

Representing the vibrant and dynamic cultural lifestyle, the local indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland prepare several drinks from rice. Some of the varieties of indigenous drinks of Nagaland are:
  • Dzutse
  • Zutho
  • Ruhi
All the inhabitants of Nagaland savor the drinks irrespective of age and sex. The drinks relieve the native population of Nagaland from the stress and strains of daily living and rejuvenate with a fresh bout of energy and vigor.

An integral part of the cultural life of the local inhabitants of Nagaland, the local inhabitants of the state prefer spicy food.

Last Updated on : 22/06/2013