Santali Food | A taste of Nature by Santals

Santali Food is as much as simple as their life, unlike mainstream community, they doesn't include much spices and oil into their diet .And this is the reason they don't get fatty, as they have adopted all things from nature whether it be their living or building houses and thus they get all the nutrition from nature itself.

Cultivation of rice is the primary source of food in their diet but the way of cooking and eating rice is different by Santals. After the rice is being cooked they don't pour out the water from rice instead,  they take it whole and it is called 'Da Madi' in Santali, where 'Da' means water and Madi means for Food.

With Da Madi, they mainly take green leafy vegetables which is either grown around their house or picked from nearby Jungle. They take non-veg food in regular basis which consist of  varieties of fish,frog,crabs,ants,rodents,birds,eggs etc.

da madi,rice water santali food
Da-Madi with Haku utu rapa( Rice-water with fish)

Haaw in fudu( dish of ants in bowl of sal leaf)`

Baati made of brass, which is used for eating da-madi. Protection Status


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