Mizo Bai – Vegetarian

March 31, 2019mayurisjikoni
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The Seven Sister States have been a challenge where the cuisine is concerned. All these states depend on locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs. So far we cooked from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and now its Mizoram. Still got two more to go Nagaland and Tripura.

The states we have covered so far tend to use quite a bit of meat for their everyday meals. Mizoram is no exception. Mizo Vawksa made from pork, Misa Mach Poora, made from shrimps, Paanch Phoron Torkari is a veg and non veg dish, Bai a dish whereby pork and veggies are mixed, Swahchiar a rice dish cooked with meat, fish or chicken. Koat pitha is popular in the Mizo Cuisine. Staple food is rice and most of the dishes are cooked in mustard oil. Meals tend to be bland and with little oil. They prefer to boil the vegetables and add meat, chicken or fish and serve it with rice.

Mizoram means the Land of the Hill People. The mountains that run across the state and therefore wherever you look, you’re likely to find forest covered hills. It is believed that most of the tribes living in Mizoram migrated from the neighboring countries around 1500 A.D. Famous sport played there is football. The most famous dance from this state is the Bamboo Dance or Cheraw Dance. Education is important in this state and has the second highest literacy after Kerala.

My partner for this month was Priya Iyer who blogs at The World Through My Eyes. She initially gave me rice flour and jaggery as my secret ingredients. I had to request her to change them as I’ve already prepare Koat Pitha. She then changed it to lettuce and green chili.  I gave her cauliflower stalk and chilis.  With the ingredients I gave her she made Cauliflower Stalk Bai.

With the ingredients Priya gave me, it was obvious that the only way I could use them was to prepare a Bai.  Bai is a healthy dish from the Mizo Cuisine. Its usually made either in a vegetarian or non vegetarian style. In the non veg version pork is usually used. For the vegetarian version, vegetables that are locally grown and available are used along with a bit of rice.There is no limit to what kind of vegetables can be used.The Vegetables are added to boiling water along with salt and baking soda. Usually vegetables that take longer to cook are added first and then the ones that don’t take too long.

In my version of Bai, I did not add baking soda as I don’t like the taste. I’ve also used some different vegetables to make it more interesting. So check out my version of Bai which hubby and I enjoyed as a super healthy soup.


Serve 2

1 medium carrot

7-8 French beans

1 green chilli

2 cloves of garlic

¼ cup chopped fresh spring onion

¼ cup rice

¼ cup sweet corn

½ tsp salt

1 cup chopped lettuce leaves

2-3 cups water

  1. Peel and cut the carrot into cubes or slices.
  2. Chop the French beans into ½ -1 inch pieces.
  3. Slit the green chili into half.
  4. Wash the rice and keep it on the side till required.
  5. Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
  6. Add the rice, French beans and sweet corn.
  7. After 5 minutes add the carrots, chilli and garlic.
  8. Let the vegetables and rice simmer over low heat till done.
  9. Add salt, lettuce and spring onions and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  10. At this stage the mixture should appear a little thick because of the rice.
  11. Serve immediately. This dish can be enjoyed on its own.


  • Use vegetables and greens of your choice. Can use spinach, pumpkin leaves, mustard leaves etc.
  • Can add ginger to flavor the dish a bit.
  • Potatoes are added to make it more filling.

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  • The Girl Next Door

    April 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

    I love your version of the Mizo Bai. It doesn’t have any cooking soda, for one, and has veggies that I like too. Moreover, it looks so colourful, pretty and vibrant! Great recipe, Mayuri ji. 🙂

    I made a typical Mizo-style vegetarian bai with cauliflower stalks too, but had to add in several condiments to make it acceptable to our urban palates. Maybe I’ll try out your version some time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Thats’ true Priya, I too had to make it a bit more wholesome so that hubby would have it. I allowed the veggies to cook till done and added salt at the end.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    April 2, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Mizo Bai looking colorful and tasty👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 2, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Aruna.

    2. Priya

      April 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Love love such soups. Simple flavours, loads of vegetables and lots of colour. So pleasing to the eye too

      1. mayurisjikoni

        April 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

        Thank you so much.

  • Vidya Narayan

    April 2, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I loved the simplicity of the dish and I must say this is an extremely hearty healthy meal option for the entire family. Extremely fuss free recipe for summers!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 2, 2019 at 11:05 am

      It definitely is Vidya and filling too because of the small amount of rice.

  • Shobana Vijay

    April 3, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I love the variety in your dish.Yummy

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      Thank you Shobana.

  • Anu

    April 9, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Such a wholesome healthy bowl. I love the colours and I am sure it makes a perfect meal for hot summers.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 15, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Thank you so much Anu.

  • Aruna

    April 9, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Such a resplendent dish with all its colours. It also fits perfectly into my healthy eating routine and is a great way to get so many vegetables included in one meal.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 15, 2019 at 11:11 am

      It certainly is Aruna and so easy to make.

  • poonampagar

    April 10, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    This is certainly a wholesome soup with all those colourful vegetables going in ! Perfect treat for the entire family !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Poonam.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    April 10, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I would love to try this during summers here as we do get a lot of different veggies. Love the way you have made this without adding any soda. Healthy and comforting

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 15, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much Renu and please do try it, its simple and healthy.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    April 17, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Great post from Mizoram cuisine. I first of like the fact that you have not added any baking soda here… And the dish looks super colorful and wholesome as well

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita, I did not allow the veggies to cook too much and added salt at the end.

  • Pavani

    April 24, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    wow,can’t wait to try this healthy and delicious Mizo bai. The dish looks so colorful and beautifully presented.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Pavani.

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