This is a traditional kitchen of a family belonging to the “Adi” tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, India. I was fortunate to spend a night with them where I learnt about the clever kitchen set up.
As you can see, the kitchen has a multi level arrangement with the firewood stove at the bottom. Each level is built with a porous material (mostly from thin slices of tree branches interwinded together) which allows the smoke to penetrate upwards. The 1st level has chilies, herbs and other vegetables while the 2nd level has fish and meat. Over a period of a few days, the items placed on each level cooks and dries simultaneously, thus inducing a smoked flavor in them.
What is clever is that, this set up prevents the house cat from reaching the top most level where the meat and fish is stored, thus serving a dual purpose. In the old days, before the advent of electricity, the entire family would place their mattresses around the fire stove during the winters and retire for the night. This provided the heating, which persisted for a few more hours until the fire gradually died out. It is even practiced today when there is a necessity and also it provides a very cosy ambience for the pets who are more than thankful during the bitter winters.
Seen above is @taniyang7 with his father.
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Well, the second photo shows the dinner prepared by the family consisting of pork, some boiled vegetables and a special chutney (spiced, crushed paste) made of an insect called the “Gandhi” puk (fly or insect) which has a very intense inherent odor but tasted excellent.
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