Sunday, 10 February 2013

Celebrate Losar (Tibetan New Year) in style with momo's & water snake sauce

As you move into celebration mode this New Year, why not celebrate in style with momos in water-snake dipping sauce?

There are gazillions of momo recipes out there, but I assure you this blog is the one and only site for water-snake dipping sauce.

First take 2 to 4 dried chillies and soak 'em for a while in boiling water to wake them up.  Remove the water and then together with a couple of fresh fleshy chillies or a small portion of red pepper, pop them into a blender.  Add a whole bulb of garlic (peel the cloves first), along with 50ml of white wine vinegar, 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin, the same of smoked paprika, a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of saffron.

Whiz the mixture until smooth, and then pour in 200ml of neutral tasting oil (generic vegetable oil is fine - but don't use olive oil) mixing all the time.

Add more white wine vinegar to taste - et voila!  Water snake sauce.

Dip, and be damned. . .

This particular example uses fresh yellow chillies with dried red chillies - hence the slightly orange tang to the colour.

Of course the celebration can be rounded off with snake-cake (seen here in the background) which should help draw the venom of the dipping sauce.

If you like this recipe, why not donate a dollar, euro or pound to the Drala Jong blog through a paypal payment to, and help this New Year get off to a good start for the retreat centre appeal?

Happy dipping New Year.