Photdei is a small and beautiful village located in the South West Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. This village is popular for its traditional foods and rice cakes, that is, the Putharo, Pumaloi and Pu-sla. ‘Putharo’ is a favourite dish among the locals, and is supplied to different areas of Mawkyrwat and Nongstoin. There are two types of rice that are used for baking this cake; black rice, or Khaw-Iong and Khaw Mynri, which are both sourced from Ri-Bhoi. One of the major benefits of this variety of rice is that its softness lasts longer, and so does its shelf life. ‘Pumaloi’ is a ball-shaped rice steamed cake divided in half, and ‘Pu Sla’ is a steamed cake wrapped in a leaf commonly known as ‘Ka Lamet’.
The rice cakes are very popular in Meghalaya and all its districts have their own way of baking them, thus the taste differs from one place to another. Putharo is widely eaten with a combination of curried minced meat of pork or chicken, popularly known as ‘Doh-jem’. En route towards the village, one can witness the beautiful landscape from the Rilang viewpoint and leisurely spend time on the bank of the Rilang river or on the outskirts of the village. One can also camp in the hills near this river, having a picturesque view of the area.