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Meghalaya, the land of indigenous products

Tucked away in the mountainous terrains of the North-Eastern region of India is the state of Meghalaya, commonly referred to as the ‘Abode of Clouds’, and also known as ‘The Scotland of The East’ since the colonial periods. Its scenic beauty and majestic hills topped with the lush green undergrowth has made this hill state an undiscovered paradise.

Given the technicalities of the ground situation, small businesses have sprung up. We can see a diversified consumption of the local resources and the home-made products produced are marketed effectively to fit the needs to the local populous. Some of the homemade products of these indigenous businesses include:

*  Turmeric: Turmeric is forming the base for flavor and color in the Indian dishes is widely cultivated among the locals of Meghalaya. Being a Tropical herb it is well suited to the loamy soils and rain-fed climatic conditions prevalent in this state. After boiling the turmeric rhizomes they are left to dry in the sun for a few days until it thoroughly attains a bright orange-yellowish color. The powder is then packed sealed and sold at the local bazaar in Shillong the capital.

*  Chili Flakes: This is another spice that is mostly used as a substitute for chili powder in the traditional delicacies of the people of Meghalaya. In these gardens most also grow chili for the more conventional green chili dietary requirements and some also choose make dried red chili for various dishes and some also fancy the occasional chili flakes along with their meals. This is done by manually grinding the chilies until they turn to flakes.

*  Pickles: Pickles form the sides of most north-eastern dishes, with numerous kinds of pickles being made in the eastern states. Meghalaya is the land of some of the eminent pickles in the northeast such as the Bamboo Shoot Pickle, the Chili Pickle, Jackfruit Pickle, and with regards to the considerable non-vegetarian diet of the north-eastern people.

Home made products and marketing have had their significances in serving the needs of the people of Meghalaya as insignificant as they may seem. These products have been developed with traditionally, safe, hygienic and organic techniques, these of which seem to have become less prevalent in industrially made products that we know of today, and as little as most know or are aware of these home made products, their wonders to the makings of dishes and delicacies need to be promoted throughout the country.

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