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Cooking Aloo Tama (Potato with Black Eyed Beans) at home

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This is a popular hearty Nepali dish that and is sure to be a winter favourite. Timmur (Nepali Pepper) could be found in shelves of Nepali/Indian grocery store in your capital city.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (95 g) dried black-eyed beans
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 potatoes (300 g), peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 chopped tomatoes
  • Pinch of Nepali pepper (timmur)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • salt, to taste
  • 50 g sliced bamboo shoots
  • chopped coriander, to garnish

 

Instructions

  • Soak black-eyed beans overnight. Drain the water when ready to cook
  • Pour oil into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the onion, ginger and garlic until golden. Add the potato and soaked beans to the pan and fry for few minutes, stirring regularly, then add the cumin, ground coriander, chilli, salt & tomatoes. Once you smell the spicy aroma (1-2 minutes), add 1 litre (4 cups) boiling water and simmer until the potatoes and beans are tender. Add the pinch of timmur
  • Add bamboo shoots and simmer until warmed through. If using fresh bamboo shoots, simmer until tender
  • Garnish with coriander and serve.

Enjoy! Namaste

Celebrate Valentines Month @ The Hungry Buddha

For the month of February, enjoy a three course dinner for two with a glass of wine each for only $75! Celebrate the valentine’s month with us 🙂

This is what’s included –

  • Entrée – mo:mo & chicken chilli
  • Mains – aloo tama & khasi ko masu served with large rice & naan
  • Dessert – nepalese rice pudding each
  • Wine – foundstone shiraz or foundstone semillion sav blanc

We will endeavor to cater for any allergies, please let us know beforehand. Anything extra will be charged as per the price in the menu.

Bookings essential. Offer valid until end of Feb 2017 across our both venues, Curtin & Belconnen

Namaste

Cook Nepali Style Chicken Chilli at home


So if you have been to Nepal, don’t tell me you haven’t tried chicken chilli at one of the restaurants in Kathmandu or Pokhara or somewhere in between 
It is one of the most famous snacks in Nepal alongside mo:mo, chowmein and thupka. There is nothing much to it, really! Get Chicken Leg fillets, dice and marinate it (overnight is always good) before frying it in a bit of oil. Once cooked, you toss it up with some onion, capsicum, tomatoes on a separate pan alongside some spices, and its ready

Prep time: 20 mins, Cook time: 30 mins

Ingredients
• Chicken Thighs in small cubes (400 gm)
• Capsicum – (Red 1, Green 1)
• Onion (1 small, cut in cube sizes)
• Shallots/Coriander (some to garnish)
• Tomato (1, cut in cube sizes)
• Cumin seeds – (half a tea spoon)
• Ginger-Garlic Paste (1/2 table spoon each)
• Red Chili Paste (1/2 table spoon)
• Tomato Ketchup (4 table spoons)
• Corriander/Cumin powder
• Oil (3 table spoons)
• Salt (to taste)

Directions:
• Marinade the chicken with bit of oil, ginger/garlic paste, salt, chilli paste
• When ready, on low heat fry the chicken until cooked
• On a new pan, start off with 2 table spoon of oil
• Cumin seeds in, alongside the onions
• Salt to taste
• Throw in the chicken, you just cooked on the side
• Put in more ginger/garlic, chilli paste, cumin/coriander powder (all the spices)
• Toss for a while
• Throw in the capsicum, fresh tomatoes & tomato ketchup, and toss for 30 seconds and you are done
• Put in fresh coriander/shallots just before serving

Namaste

The Buddha Odyssey is set to organise their third Yoga, Trekking & Community Trip to Nepal in 2017

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Yoga Pathways & The Buddha Odyssey are again coming together in Oct 2017 and organizing another trip to Nepal from Canberra.

The trip will again focus on the Community Project in conjunction with Reach for Nepal Foundation, while also providing travellers the experience of trekking the Annapurna range & Hatha Yoga wherever possible.

Lou Nulley, yoga instructor at Yoga Pathways & co-founder/director of the foundation leads such a trip each year to Nepal alongside Odyssey tour leader Raju Thapa. Over the years, Lou and Raju have developed a special working relationship and delivered very successful trips.

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Lachhu Thapa, the co-founder/director of the foundation is also keen to join the tour group this year. Lachhu is excited to be going back to Nepal with family and finish off the project in Annapurna village.

The travel group raises funds for the project before they head off to Nepal.

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The tour starts in Kathmandu, with sightseeing of major attractions of a 2000 year old valley. We then head to picturesque Pokhara where we spend another couple of days. From there we embark on a trek which sees you walking up to 5 hours a day on a route that’s less popular with tourist – making the experience more authentic whilst absorbing the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

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The 5 days trekking leads you to our Community Project where you will spend another three days working on the project and spending time with villagers, school teachers and students. Yoga is incorporated on the trip where ever practical. We then head back to Pokhara and fly out to Kathmandu for last minute shopping before our flight back home.

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Historically these trips are fully booked, as participants enjoy the blend of trekking the Himalayas at a relaxed pace, making a real difference in the lives of many people through the community project and maintaining a sense of equanimity through regular yoga sessions.

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The cost of the trip is around $3790 (to be confirmed around Jan 2017) including international airfares, accommodation and most meals.

To lock in a spot please contact us by filling this form

Namaste

Lachhu Thapa

Cook at home – khasi ko masu (Nepalese goat curry)

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Khasi Ko Masu – Nepali Style Goat Curry

Khasi Ko Masu (Nepali Style Goat Curry) is one of most loved meat varieties among Nepalese. We love it here at the Hungry Buddha too. Today we wanted to share the recepie with you.

In Nepal, the goat curry is normally cooked with bones, skin and fats instead of just boneless lean meat.

One last thing, the curry is cooked in Pressure Cooker. If you are not using pressure cooker, you will just have to cook the curry longer.

Ingredients (serves 3-4 people)

  • ½ kg Mutton pieces (with bones)
  • 1-2 medium size Spanish Onions (finely sliced)
  • 2-3 medium size Tomatoes
  • 1 tbs Garlic and Ginger paste
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 3-4 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seed
  • 1 tbs Meat Masala
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbs Canola Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves or shallots (to garnish)

Cooking Method

  • heat 2 tbs of oil in pressure cooker and start frying cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves and then fenugreek seed – 20 seconds
  • add onions and fry until it becomes soft and starts changing colour
  • add chopped goat meat & stir around occasionally for 5-6 mins
  • add ginger/garlic paste, turmeric powder and cook further for around a minute
  • add salt (according to your taste), meat masala and red chili powder. Cook it for around 2 minutes with occasional stirring
  • add diced tomato & cook further for around 4-5 mins
  • add garam masala, stir it and add a cup of water
  • put the lid of the pressure cooker and cook it for around 15 mins (around 4 whistles) in low heat (if you are not using the pressure, cook the curry for around 25-30 mins in low heat with lid on)
  • once off the heat, leave it for 10-15 minutes for it to settle
  • garnish with fresh coriander or shallots before serving

Namaste

Do share your experience of cooking with us @ our facebook pages @ Curtin or Belconnen

The Hungry Buddha, Belconnen – Opening Late Oct 2016

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The Hungry Buddha coming to Canberra’s north!

If you live Northside and love Nepalese food, you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to enjoy The Hungry Buddha’s fresh chicken mo:mo’s, gently spiced daal bhat and village-style goat curries a little closer to home.

We’re opening a second Hungry Buddha restaurant in Belconnen in October 2016. Watch this space for more news and updates.

We are now open in BELCONNEN [8/9 Luxton St Belconnen ACT 2617 ] (02) 6147 7326  🙂

Namaste

Nepal’s tourism industry on the rebound

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Colorful wooden boats on Fewa Tal at Himalaya mountains background in Pokhara Nepal

Tourism is the lifeblood of Nepal’s economy, but the industry has suffered from low visitor numbers since the 2015 earthquakes.

After almost 18 months, things are finally looking up for local tourism operators. Nepal’s Department of Immigration reports that visitor numbers are up 13 percent compared to last year. It also expects a significant rise in the number of tourists for the peak autumn season (September to November).

There’s no better time to support Nepal’s tourism industry and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Want to know more? Check out some of The Buddha Odyssey’s tour options and book your trip today.

Don’t forget about post-earthquake Nepal, Reach for Nepal founder urges

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Almost one year after the devastating Nepal earthquakes, Canberra’s Lachhu Thapa says villages in the hardest hit regions still need Australians’ support to rebuild.

CANBERRA, Monday 28 March 2016 – After a fundraising tour to the epicentre of the 2015 Nepal earthquake earlier this month, the founder of aid organisation Reach for Nepal, Lachhu Thapa, has urged Canberrans to continue their support for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

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Six adventurous Canberrans joined Lachhu to rebuild a water tank in a remote school in Nepal’s Gorkha district, just kilometres away from where the earthquake did the most damage. The trip was organised by Himalayan tour company The Buddha Odyssey to raise money for the Reach for Nepal Foundation. It was the first rebuilding tour coordinated by the two organisations. While rebuilding efforts will take years, even the Gorkha district is open for business. Lachhu says the best way to support earthquake recovery is through tourism.

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“The media coverage that Nepal received in the West after the earthquake was horrific. It showed the fear in the Nepalese people because they hadn’t experienced an earthquake of this magnitude in generations, but on the ground things are different” he says.

“Nepal is rebuilding. After the quake, it lost its greatest income source: tourism.” Lachhu says highlights of his most recent trip including camping in a village for four nights and getting his hands dirty building the water tank. “It was great to see the smiles of kids running around, hearing the village elders say ‘Namaste’ to acknowledge our work and the festival atmosphere during our four-day stay. “It was an authentic cultural experience and a showcase of Nepal’s welcoming hospitality despite incredible hardship in recent months,” he says.

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For less adventurous locals, Lachhu says they can support Nepal in two ways:

  1. Joining the foundation for a screening of Australian documentary Sherpa on 31 March

Reach for Nepal has organised a fundraising screening of Sherpa on 31 March at 7pm at Manuka’s Event Cinemas.  Tickets are $20 with all profits going directly to the foundation. Go to the Facebook event page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1743639255868583/

  1. Attending The Hungry Buddha’s next fundraising dinner on 5 May 2016

The previous dinner raised $5100 for the Reach for Nepal Foundation, and the funds were used to buy water tank materials for this month’s rebuilding trip. Call (02) 6285 2425 to book.

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About the Reach for Nepal Foundation

In April 2015, Nepal was devastated by the region’s worst earthquake in 80 years. The 7.8 magnitude quake and its aftershocks killed over 8000 people, flattened villages and left thousands injured. As one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal can’t rebuild alone. This is especially true for rural and remote villages where access to aid is limited.

The REACH for Nepal Foundation is a registered charity that provides practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the earthquake.https://reachfornepal.org/