Tibetan Monk Style Flatbread

Drepung Loseling monks making Tibetan flatbread. ©yowangdu.com

  We’re happy to be back here with you on the blog after a month in the Tibetan settlements of India (plus a few fun days in Singapore at the end of the trip). In the Tibetan areas, we had challenges with Internet connectivity and were not able to share the experience real time as we […]

Tibetan Hot Sauce: YoWangdu’s Favorite Sepen Recipe

Tibetan hot sauce

I am not like some of my Tibetan friends who are crazy about eating super hot sauce (sepen). I like this one because it is pretty mild and when I was little, my aunt used to make a hot sauce like this quite often during the summer time, which was the time we could get fresh tomatoes.  In the […]

Tsampa Pancakes

Tsampa Pancake

  We’re delighted to bring you a new hearty and delicious tsampa recipe by Ann Lachman, owner of Purple Mountain Tsampa. (You may remember her great tsampa snack balls recipes from a few months back.)  Ann’s recipes offer tasty contemporary updates to the ancient Tibetan tradition of eating tsampa — roasted barley flour. We are […]

Tsampa Snack Balls: Delicious and Nutritious!

Tsampa snack balls.

We are delighted to share these three beautiful new tsampa recipes by Ann Lachman, owner of Purple Mountain Tsampa. If you’re new to Tibetan food, tsampa is a hearty, nutty-tasting flour made from roasted barley. Ann’s recipes are a tasty, updated twist on the most traditional way of eating tsampa in Tibet, as pa — […]

Khapse Recipes: Bulug

Bulug: A type of khapse often cooked for Losar.

As part of a series on the traditions of Losar, Tibetan New Year, here is a recipe for bulug, which is a fairly fancy type of the new year pastries collectively called khapse. See our Losar guide for celebrating Tibetan New Year >> For a simpler kind of khapse to cook, see our recipe for […]

How Many Calories in Steamed Veg Momos?

Fresh-Steamed Chura Momos (Cheese and Spinach)

We are often asked how many calories are in steamed veg momos, so we sat down last week with an online nutritional counter and worked out the calories, fat, carbs and protein for Lobsang’s Cheese and Spinach Momos recipe.     If you would like to explore more of the comforting, wonderful flavors of traditional Tibetan […]

How to Make Cheese and Spinach Momos

Ready to eat: fresh-cooked, and steaming hot cheese and spinach momos :-)

  We recently tried out a tasty new momo recipe with a cheese and spinach filling that we think you’ll like.  These dumplings, called chura (cheese) momos in Tibetan, are quite a bit lighter in fat and calories than their beef brothers. Recipe for Spinach and Cheese (Chura) Momos: Makes about 55 momos. (People eat […]

Shamey Gongthuk: Recipe for Veggie Egg Noodles

Shamey Gongthuk: Veggie Egg Noodles

  Recently, we took a YoWangdu community survey that showed a strong interest in Tibetan-style vegetarian food. (Our friend Dan Haig from Tibet Online teased us about this, knowing how much Tibetans traditionally love their meats :-) We love vegetarian Tibetan dishes too, so Lobsang experimented with a new Tibetan fusion veggie dish, Shamey Gongthuk, […]

Shogo Khatsa: Spicy Potatoes Recipe

Nyima la cooking shogo khatsa. Photo © YoWangdu.com.

  If you’re a person who can handle some hot peppers, you are going to love our friend Nima’s wonderful shogo khatsa — spicy potatoes — recipe.* Nima la learned this recipe from Nepali people in her hometown of Kalimpong, in the Darjeeling district of the Indian state of West Bengal. In India, this dish […]

Thue: An Original Tibetan Treat

Thue: Tsampa, Butter, Cheese, Sugar

  Although Tibetan cuisine has very little on the sweet side, one special treat – thue – is a sugary, buttery, cheesy brick of goodness that is eaten at Losar and other special occasions, like weddings or the Shodon (yogurt) festival. (See the Know Your Tibetan Holidays post.) The uncooked squares, held together by vast […]