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Chopa (Elephant Apple)

This is an Elephant Apple a very regular and liked food item with many health benefits used in our Deori kitchens. In our language we called it as CHOPA and Assamese it is called OU TENGA. Its outer covering is hard and you need to be very careful while cutting it as the inside pulp is slippery in nature. We consume it in cooked form when the fruit is not too young or too ripe. It is considered as a liver and heart tonic and anti diabetic....it is known to have a cooling effect on the body.


After cutting it into small pieces (seeds are discarded) we prefer to pressure cook it by adding some water to it....it is very acidic in nature. Once boiled some musturd seeds are spluttered in a wok or kadhahi and the boil mix is added ,later a pinch of turmeric and salt is added.....to make it more interesting fried fish can be added which is the most preferred choice out here.

Its great specially if you are experiencing a very hot day Tenga is served as the last dish (with the rice) i.e. once you are done with eating all the other items served.chopa2


In the older days the slippery seed of the Chopa are to be used as shampoo to nourishing the hair.

It is believe that by doing so it keep out hair from dandruff and it also fight against hair fall and helps to make healthy and long hair.   



Facts of Deori

The Bor Deori is the most respected person in the village

Patorganya – undisclosed missing among Four Groups

Only the people of Dibongiya class can speak their own mother tongue

In 14th century A D. The Deoris were royal priests of The Chutiyas Kingdom

The Deoris are believed to have come to Sadiya before the first century

The Deori people believe in `Kundimama` which is the supreme power.

The Second Marriage in Deori Tribe is called "Suje Luguba"

The Deori Tribe of Assam came to India via Tibet and Burma

Each village of Deori people features a place of worship called ‘Deo-ghar'

The Deoris are divided into 24 clans.

The Deoris proudly introduce themselves as Jimo-Chhayan, meaning they are the children of the sun and the moon

Deori's use to make a Narbali (human sacrifice) in terms to win the war, battle and to prevent the villagers from the evil atmosphere like floods, drought etc. This practice make them pure owing to satisfy the supreme Goddess. Only the class of Patorganya people were eligible for sacrificing.

The Deoris women have no tradition to put sindur in their forehead as a mark of married women.

Deoris belonging to the Tengaponia sub clan do not take mutton or flesh of goat as it is forbidden according a legend clan.

The term "Deori" appears to be a later coinage derived from "Deva" which means a God.

Deori is a plain tribe of Assam, the worshipper of Kundimama (Kundi - Siva, Mama - Parvati)from ancient time maintaining their own custom and tradition.

According to 2001 census the total revenue villages of Deori in Assam are 133 and their population are 2,45,000.