Cauliflower Stalk Bai

Welcome to Mizoram, after a taste of the Khasi cuisine in Meghalaya. Mizoram is another of the north eastern states where authentic vegetarian food is hard to find. 

Most of the vegetarian food is typically boiled vegetables and so this watery soup with boiled vegetables is all I could make which fits the bill.

Though the soup sounds very simple, it was a delightful one to have on a wintry evening. While you savor the simple soup, I shall go over to Nagaland and get the snack ready for you.

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

Cauliflower stalks, leaves and florets 1 cup
Potatoes, cubed 1/2 cup
Green Beans, 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Red Pepper flakes or Red Chillies as needed
Cooked Rice handful
Water about 3-4 cups (I would have loved to use some vegetable Stock but didn't have it on hand)
Baking Soda about 1/2 tsp (I added much less)

Cauliflower Stalk Bai

Method Of Preparation -

In a stock pot, boil water with salt and baking soda.

Add in the rice and let it cook for about 10 min.

Then add in the vegetables and the red pepper flakes.

Cook until the rice is done and adjust the salt if needed

Serve warm or cold with your preferred garnishes!

Preparation Time  25 min
Serves 2-3
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, April 19, 2014


  1. i loved the picture and the soup i agree is for a cold evening

  2. Same pinch..I made the same bai..we found it rather bland..but I can see some chillies in your version. Lovely clicks.

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Lovely clicks and you have your bai presented so well..:)

  5. I made the same soup. I thought it had a lot of flavor but then we are not used to a lot of spices in our daily food.

  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Wow, bai looks filling, a prefect dish to make while the weather is too chilled.

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. well presented Bai!!! so comforting!!

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. It was bland for our tastes and I looked for another dish. Seems like you gave the dish a little punch with chillies.

  12. jayanthi Says:
  13. chilli flakes - very good idea.. a few spices/sauces can really help

  14. Looks like a hearty filling soup...

  15. Pavani Says:
  16. Healthy & Nutritious soup.

  17. Kalyani Says:
  18. Love the pic - so comforting and low in calories too ! Bookmarked !

  19. Healthy and comforting soup,perfect for a cold evening...

  20. I like this simple and light soup - wonder what the reason for the baking soda is though

  21. Archana Says:
  22. Wow a perfect soup for us on a rainy day. Love the pics.

  23. I like such light soups. Perfect for a cold day.

  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Thats an healthy an deliicous soup from mizo :) perfect to keep us warm in cold :)

  26. Padmajha Says:
  27. I too made this minus the stalk. And you pic so so stunning Harini.Loved it...

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