Spaghetti Squash | Burrito Bowl

Lunch recipe No shame to admit that this was the first time ever that I had spaghetti squash. I did not have the slightest hint why this squash was called spaghetti when the shape suggested otherwise. Only after baking and scraping it, I became fully aware of its meaty stuff inside that came out exactly as spaghetti. The taste was unadulteratedly better and also healthier … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash | Burrito Bowl

Khokanā Mahotsav Concluded

By Amrit Dangol and Nirmala Dangol| Photo: Amrit Dangol and Sajana Dangol Today is the last day of Khokanā Mahotsav. People seemed even more interested today, as the flavor of pure Newāri was going to end today. The day started with a cold morning, but got warmer as the da progressed. The warmth of the sun encouraged the enthusiastic visitors to tour the Khokanā Mahotsav. … Continue reading Khokanā Mahotsav Concluded

Updates: Khokanā Mahotsav

We’ve received some pictures of the first day of the Khokanā Mahotsav 2011 that began today. Women are making Chatāmari in the food-stand in Nayajho, 7th Street. Photo: Kabita Maharjan ————————————————————————————— ©| Photo: Man Hari Maharjan —————————————————————————————- Continue reading Updates: Khokanā Mahotsav

Ghyah-Chāku Salhu (Māgha Sankrānti)

Ghyah-Chāku Salhu (Nepali: माघ संक्रान्ति [/ģĥjɔ-ʧɑkʊ. sɜlhʊ/] Nepal Bhasa: घ्यो-चाकु सल्हु) is celebrated on the first of Māgha (mid-January). In Nepal Bhāsā, Salhu typifies the first day of month, and what make the beginning of this month so special than other months every year are the festivity part as well as the marking of warmer weather – the gradual increase in the length of day and shortness in night. The day also marks the shift of the sun into Makara rāshi (Capricorn) on its astronomic path. So, it is also known as Makara Sankrānti.

The sun is believed to move apparently in the northernmost extremes leaving the southernmost extremes on this day. This is referred as Uttarāyanā, the excursion of the sun to the northward region from Dakshināyanā, southward region. Uttarāyanā is also called as Devayanā, and the Dakshināyanā’ is called Pitrāyanā. This is why, Makara Sankrānti is considered as the beginning of the day of enlightenment, prosperity, and restoration of health. Continue reading “Ghyah-Chāku Salhu (Māgha Sankrānti)”

Chhwô Pāŭ Kwā:

Chhwon Paun Kwa:

Chhwô Pāŭ Kwā: (Nepali: आलु-तामा; आलु डम [/tʃwɒ́ŋ pαυŋ kwα:/]; Nepal Bhasa: छ्वोँ पाउँ क्वा:) is a delicious soup made of beans, potatoes and other veggies served as one of the entrées in Newāh meals. It takes a lot of work to make this soup just right- a little bit tarty, spicy and thick. Making of this Kwa: has been modified over times. At present, it is widely known as Ālu-Tāmā or  Ālu-Dum among Nepalese people of all background and served everyday in local inns and pubs.

Nevertheless,  Ālu-Tāmā or  Ālu-Dumis coined words from people of Nepali language speaking background which basically means “potatoes-bamboo shoot”. I think this term does not grasp the core meaning of Chhwô Pāŭ Kwā: as its meaning has something other than simply potato and bamboo shoot. Chhwô Pāŭ Kwā: is a bamboo shoot-sour dish designated as a relish. Continue reading “Chhwô Pāŭ Kwā:”

Hāku Chhoyalā



In the previous post, I have discussed the terminology of Chhoyalã. So, in this post, I am not going to take a long time to explain it again. Chhoyalã itself is a dish, and adding Hãku, as an adjective ‘Black’ to Chhoyalã is simply modifying the noun. When something is burned, it turns black, so it gets its name adding “Hãku” or “black” to Chhoyalã when it turns black after burning or grilling in the process of making it. If you want to know the procedures of preparing Chhoyalã, there you go… Continue reading “Hāku Chhoyalā”

Manā Chhoyalā

Manā Chhoyalā: (Nepali: मना छोयला [/m3nɑ ʧɔjɛlɑ/]) It is a very popular appetizer or snack in Newāh food. It is also served as side dish alongside Baji (Beaten-rice), Samay Baji (set of 5 fundamental dishes) in special occasions and hard liquors. Manā Chhoyalā has its name from the way it is prepared. Manā means ‘boiled’ and Chhoyalā is a kind of dish. Basically, it is a boiled meat kneaded with spices.

The word “Chhoyalā,” however, seems to have its  origin from “Chhuyu La,” which in its literal sense can be translated as “meat cooked in fire.” Grill meat or barbecue is generally alike Chhoyalā . Straw from rice or wheat is used to make fire for cooking. In this sense, Manā Chhoyalā does not fall into this category since it is cooked by boiling. However, it has been known as Chhoyalā for a long time. In order to find how to make Manā Chhoyalā… click here

Yomari Punhi: Marking the End of Rice Harvest

Yomari Punhi [/jɔʳmə’ɾi: pʊ’nhɪ/] in crude meaning, is the “full moon of Yomari;” however, its factual meaning can be speculated from the compound noun, “Yo” means “like(d) “ and “mari” means “bread.” So, the term could be translated as “[I; as understood] like(d) bread.” Newāh people group alone commemorates this festival on the full moon, also known as Frost moon of the late fall in the month of December every year. The celebration of Yomari marks the end of rice harvest for Newā:(r)[a].

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Newā: make Yomari out of rice flour from the new harvest. They would wash rice with water until whitish color disappears from it. Then, it is dried in the sun for couple of days before they make it flour. The dough from the newly gleaned rice is used to make it. It looks like fig in shape. The broader part of the Yomari is wrought cylindrical hollow cone shape in order to fill it with teel [/ti:l/][1] and Chāku [/t∫ákú/].[2] Then, they are steamed. continue reading