Incredibly delicious, sha balep, literally “meat bread,” are savory, hot, juicy meat pies. You can get Lobsang’s wonderful shapale recipe here. Along with momos, these will be the first to go at any Tibetan potluck gathering. Some people in Central Tibet eat them for breakfast, but they are more typically served with lunch or dinner, often with a basic rutang soup. Lobsang also makes a wonderful veggie version (see Tibetan Home Cooking). Sha balep are not quick or simple to make, but you won’t be sorry you went to the effort to make these. Best to get some friends together and make a party out of it :-) There is a popular video by a Tibetan kid who made a playful rap song called “Shapale,” which plays on the way that Tibetans jokingly refer to spanking as “shapale.”
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