Losar – Tibetan New Year

Hi everyone!  I know it’s been a while.  Work kind of exploded and left me very little time to have a life.  No life = boring blogging, so I spared you all.  You’re welcome!  🙂

But, I’ve been cooking again and had some recent success.  Losar, Tibetan new year, was this past week and we decided to make some traditional treats to celebrate.  We found the excellent website YoWangdu and have been making a few things from it.  The recipes are very easy to follow and very delicious.  I highly recommend you check them out for traditional Tibetan cuisine and for interesting and educational articles on Tibetan culture and travel.

First off, we went to a local Losar celebration and we decided to make and bring Khapse, a traditional fried Losar pastry/cookie. YoWangdu has a very simple to follow recipe.  The only changes we made was to add a little extra water while making the dough – to get the right consistency.  We fried them up and they were AMAZING!  Not too sweet and perfect with tea.  This is what the finished Khapse looked like:

Not too bad for a first attempt!
Not too bad for a first attempt!

We also decided to make two more recipes from YoWangdu, though they aren’t specific to Losar.  We made beef momos (steamed dumplings) and sepen (Tibetan hot sauce). The momos were really delicious, though as you can see, we aren’t very good at shaping them yet.  And the sepen was HOT, but had great, fresh flavor!

The color is a bit off on these.  They look like simple, steamed dumplings.
The color is a bit off on these. They look like simple, steamed dumplings.
Super spicy but full of flavor!  It has ginger, garlic and cilantro in it.
Super spicy but full of flavor! It has ginger, garlic and cilantro in it.

So go check out YoWangdu, learn about Tibet and make something delicious!

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One thought on “Losar – Tibetan New Year

  1. Wow! I’ve never heard of these but they look incredible. I also love your little caption about ‘planning your escape’. I share your sentiments !

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