The momo connection

Think Tibet and your mind immediately go to Momos. Spit which gets often referred to as ‘Little Tibet’ survives and lives on Momos. It’s the food to suit any occasion. Birthdays, marriages, promotions in jobs, you name it. Shaped like half-moons, momos for the people in Spiti are made in small wooden dowel and now with wheat in abundance momos aren’t reserved only for special occasions like Losar, the Tibetan New Year.

Though most people in Spiti are Buddhists and avoid taking life, they are also great lovers of meat, and Yak momo is the unofficial dish. To make their Yak momos juicier people in Spiti add a bit of oil and water to the filling and momos probably are the only dish that taste almost the same in Tibet and in Spiti.

In Spiti the tradition of meat-eating is strong and to survive in this high cold valley without meat as a source of fat and protein, Spitians simply could not have survived. This is as practical a reason as you would need why Buddhists eat yak instead of fish. Also, the karmic load of killing one fish and one yak are the same: one life. And you can feed a lot more people with a yak.

Traditionally, women in Spiti have fed their families while the men tend to the animals, but unlike other parts in India men in Spiti do a lot of cooking. Other than momo’s butter is the favorite food of people here. As long as there is butter and tea people in Spiti can live anywhere.

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