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Shogog Khatsa

A perennial favorite at all Tibetan picnics, potluck parties, gatherings … summer or winter, would be the well loved “Shogog Khatsa” (Spicy Potatoes). So many variations of Shogog Khatsa … and it can be served as a warm dish or cold dish, main dish or side dish, spicy or no spice, with gravy or without gravy,  … the choices are endless !!

The Tibetan word for potato is  “shogog” or “shay-shog” (honorific).

Shay-shog Khatsa Nye-po Nang-go !  Please enjoy this spicy potato dish !

Here’s how I prepare shogog khatsa. If you would like to share how yours turned out or how you make shogog khatsa, please email me at – Thank you !


 Ingredients :

[I ]

2 lbs Potatoes

1 Large Onion (diced)

4-6 garlic cloves (minced)

1/2 teaspoon Ginger (minced)

Whole Red Chillies

1 Medium Tomato (chopped)

Soyabean Oil

[II ]

Ground Red Chilli

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1 teaspoon Paprika

½ teaspoon Coriander powder

½ teaspoon Cumin powder

Salt, Pepper


1. Wash and scrub the potatoes well, place in a deep pot, cover with cold water, add 1 teaspoon salt and let it boil until potatoes are cooked. (30-40 minutes from cold depending on the size of the potatoes). Drain and set aside.

2. In a pan, heat a little oil. As the oil heats up, drop in the whole red chillies – I use 5-6 or more as I like spicy. Just break the whole red chillies up with your fingers and drop them in the oil and let it brown (be careful not to let this burn), then add the onion, garlic, ginger and sauté until golden. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook on low heat until the tomatoes have broken down and become nice and mushy (you can add a little water if you think its needed).

3.  (This next step can be skipped if you don’t have a food processor.) But you add your onion mixture into the food processor and make it into a puree.

4. Next step – prepare your potatoes – Peel them, and cut them into manageable sizes, or leave them whole if you prefer. Put it in a nice big bowl with enough room for mixing it up.

5. Next, again, heat up a little cooking oil on a pan, once the oil is hot, lower the heat setting and add your spices (ie Ingredients II) – this process is called tempering, and it brings out the aroma and taste of the spices. Be careful not to let this burn. Then add, your onion puree, salt and pepper to taste and sauté a little, letting the flavor develop.

6. Pour this mixture over your potatoes and use a spatula to gently combine. Season with more salt if needed. Garnish with cilantro and serve.


7 comments on “Shogog Khatsa

  1. Allen R
    October 29, 2020

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I first discovered shogo khatsa in 1999 in Salt Lake City, Utah (of all places!) at a wonderful restaurant called House of Tibet. I now live in California and miss their food all the time, but this always hits the spot whenever I make it. I usually pair it with steamed store-bought dumplings for a full meal.

  2. Krista
    January 30, 2017

    These potatoes are delicious! A big hit with everyone. Thank you for sharing.😊

  3. Tsering D Choephel
    April 30, 2014

    I have never used the blender but sounds very good idea to make smooth sauce. I am going to try this way.

  4. Tenzin Topden
    September 21, 2012


  5. Pema stoodley
    September 20, 2012

    I am for sure going to try this way as I have never used the mixture in blender but what a great idea!! thanks

  6. bhuti
    September 12, 2012

    pey yagpo dug…shimtok khapo dug …i learned a better method. I usually make my shogog khatsa just like any other vegetable.

  7. TMC
    September 11, 2012

    bey yakpo du! : )

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