Tsampa (barley cakes)


In a previous post I mentioned that Tibetans have barley and yak as staple foods, due to limitations on what they can grow and breed. The perfect example of where these two ingredients mix is “tsampa.” Tsampa is a cake made of ground roasted barley and yak butter, often with a little extra sugar. It forms a soft cake with the texture of fudge.

Because the barley is roasted before use, the cakes have a very nutty flavor. Now I will eat just about anything, but I just don’t like nuts. It wasn’t something I loved eating, but at least I could finish it, and with a little added yogurt it tasted a lot better.

Fear Factor – 3 / Taste Test – 4



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