Newari Food - Yomari

Friday, September 10, 2010

Yomari is derived from two words Yo and mari, where “yo” means “which you like” and “mari” means “bread”. So literally it means bread which you like. Yomari is a rice dumpling with confection of rice-flour dough shaped like fig and filled with “brown cane sugar” or "Chaku" in Newari and “sesame seeds” or "Hammo" in Newari, which is then steamed in a vessel called Potasi. The dough is often stuffed with other fillings like lentil paste, “milk solids” or "Khuwa" Nepali language, and spices as well.

This delicacy is the chief and important item on the menu during the post-harvest celebration of Yomari Punhi, which falls every year in the full moon day of December. There is a reason behind the dish being prepared during winter season as it contains Chaku which is believed to provide heat to our body. Yomari is the main item on the children’s second-year birthday. Traditionally, on this day, a two-yomari garland is made for the birthday child and they wear it to show that they are two old years now.

My son’s birthday is coming soon and I will make sure to put a right recipe that we used in my next post. For now enjoy a quick recipe that I found over the internet.

Ingredients :
  • Rice flour
  • Hot water
  • Sweets
  • Sesame seed
  • Molasses
  • Khuwa or Milk Solids (Nepalese Dairy product, which looks like Ricotta Cheese)

  • Mix rice flour with hot water and make dough. Cover the dough with a warm and wet cloth and rest it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Apply some oil on your both hands and shape the dough like as shown in picture but make sure that it is hollow.
  • Fill it with mixture of sweets, molasses mixed with Sesame seed, khuwa, or whatever you like, then close the opening.
  • Steam it for 20 min.
  • Now it is ready to serve. Enjoy!

How Lord Ganesh Got An Elephant Head?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

There are 330,000,000 Gods and Goddesses in Hindu religion. Amongst all of the Gods, Lord Ganesh is respected and devoted as the first God to be praised. Ganesh is son of the Lord Shiva, the destroyer and God of all Gods. Ganesh is the elephant-headed God of good fortune and success, fond of all the finer things in life. Every God has their own day and people pray and worship them according to their days. Tuesday is Ganesh's day, a good day to start a journey. Represented with his multiple arms, each hand holding a different object, he is one of the most popular Hindu figures.

Ganesh's head was beheaded by the Lord of Death at birth but Parvati, his mother, wild with grief, called on the other Gods to supplant it with that of an elephant. It is believed that she ordered her followers to bring the head of whatever living thing that they find in their way. The first living thing they found was an elephant wandering around so they cut his head off and brought back to Parvati and then it was joined to Ganesh's beheaded body.

Well that is how Ganesh got the elephant head and whenever you see a God with elephant head, remember to pray for success and whenever you start any good thing do remember and worship him before you do anything.

Newari Food - Alu Tama Bori And Its Recipe

I have been getting a lot of emails from my regular readers for the new and delicious Newari recipe. Amongst all of those requests, most popular has always been for the recipe of Alu Tama (Bamboo shoot soup). So today I managed to gather some good old and simple recipe of Alu Tama Bori. Though this is a modified version of the traditional alu tama soup, it surely will give a different taste to you. I will post the original and traditional recipe in coming future posts, so don't forget to visit the recipe section often.

So here goes today's recipe for Alu Tama Bori.

Ingredients Needed:
  • 1 medium potato (Alu)
  • 1 cup bamboo shoot (Tama)
  • 1/2 cup black-eyed peas (Bori)
  • 2 pieces tomatoes (Golveda)
  • 1 medium onion (Pyaj)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (Nun)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (Besar)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1 piece ginger root (Aduwa)
  • 1 green chilies (Hariyo Khursani)
  • 50g Sunflower oil (You can use any cooking oil)
  1. First of all, Soak black-eyed peas in water overnight.Wash and cut bamboo shoots in slices or cubes, whichever shape you like.
  2. Heat a large sauce pan and then put oil and let it heat for a while.
  3. Add chopped onion and green chili and fry it till the onion turns brown.
  4. Add finely chopped ginger, turmeric powder,cumin powder, and chopped tomato.
  5. Add some water so that that it doesn't stick on the pan.
  6. Add black-eyed peas and then fry around 5 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped potato and fry another 5 minutes put 1/2 cup water and simmer it.
  8. Now add bamboo shoots and 1 cup water and cover it. Let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  9. Finally garnish it with cilantro and chopped tomato.
  10. Now the delicious and hot hot Alu Tama Bori soup is ready to serve. Serve it hot!

Message To Leaders Of Nepal

Right as of now, a lot of political issues have been going on in my beloved country Nepal. Nothing is stable and due to disagreements and regular rivalry attacks between our political parties, our country is going backwards in terms of development and our country is going into a devastation and chaos mode. There is no bright future anymore, only false hope and never fulfilling promises. Our new constitution hasn't been written and the due date is 28th of May 2010, which is just a month from today's date. Many political leaders have announced that the constitution couldn’t be written on that day as there are a lot of issues going on with political parties. I don't want to mention the names of the political parties as I don't think any of them are worth taking names for as all of them seem to be working for their own profit rather than thinking of millions of people who are hoping for a change and the political leaders don't understand that they are the hope for the people.

Today, there is a fight going on between each other (political parties) and they don't understand that we are on the same team, have same hope, same mission, same aim, and same purpose "To Build a New Nepal." When will people understand about our common goal and work as a same team? May be that day there will be no more a place called Nepal… Let's hope that day won't come in our lives. Let's give the leaders a chance to think about it and if they don't think they can lead us, it would be better to let others lead the way. Just think that there is a lot to be done and a better nation to build, a Greater New Nepal.

The Greatest Festival Of Nepal

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

There are a lot of festivals in Nepal celebrated amongst the Nepali people. Amongst all Dashain is considered as one of the most important and greatest festival of Nepal where all the family members gather together to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The festival is celebrated from the first day Ghatasthapana to the 15th day Tika. The festival is started by sowing maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil which is brought from the river mostly containing sand and cow dung for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots). On the 15th day, the eldest person of the family member puts Tika to all the family members with the blessings of long life and peaceful and prosperous life. This year's (2009) Dashain is going to be started from September 19th, 2009. I will be trying to update the festivals activities throughout these 15 days onwards.

Happy Dashain 2009 To all the Nepali Around The World!

Indrajatra 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I hadn't done much in this year's Indra Jatra 2009 but I will soon cover some post about it. I will be posting more in this same post once I get the photos and videos taken by my friend. So till them this post is due review.

To be continued...

Water Restoration

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Water is one of the most essential element of living things. Life without water is hard to imagine. But sometimes the most essential part of our lives can turn into disaster as there is a saying, "Everything too much is bad!" Just imagine that you left for work and you left the tap in your kitchen and when you return and open your front door, you see your house is flooded with water. What would you do? It will take hours and may be days to clean up all the water out of the house.

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