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Sha Shogok

sha shogokTime to post a recipe for the perennial Tibetan favorite – Sha Shogok. I was discussing food and food culture with my 80 year old grand aunt who is from Kham. She told me one of her favorite dishes is – the quintessential “Sha Shogok” – It is simple and easy plus everyone loves it. Nothing complicated to go wrong. 

My aunt is a straight forward, no nonsense figure. She had led an incredible life, enduring over 20 years of her youth in chinese prisons, and later came to India and now in the United States. I asked her if she wanted to go anywhere. She told me there is one place I want to visit, she said, “can you take me to see the “Phodrang Karpo” – the White House. So, we drove to see the White House. I found a parking spot nearby and we walked over. She stood there quietly looking. I said, “what do you think ?” and she replied “oh, its quite small” and asked me to take a photo, and requested a print of it, so she could have it with her.  

In honor of my grandaunt, I share with you my Sha Shogok dish that I made with some beef short ribs that I had in the in the refrigerator and some potatoes. I made this dish -very simply – flavored only with Emma, and it turned out quite delicious.

I was about to boil some rice to go with it when my son walks in the kitchen, peeks into the pot – and says – “Amala … that seriously deserves to be eaten with Pak.” Agreed – my son. How could I be thinking of rice!  So, I took out my tsampa stash and we made it a dinner of Sha Shogok and Pak.

sha shogok 6PS –  I also served a side of steamed vegetables which made a colorful addition to our dining table !!

cilantro I was able to pick a small bunch of fresh cilantro leaves from my struggling herb garden patch – it was just enough  garnish for my sha-shogok dish !


sha shogok 2Ingredients:

Beef Short Ribs (or any meat preferably with bone)
5-6 Potatoes (Peel & cut into large chunks –similar to size of beef – cover in water)
2 Onions (chopped)
1 inch Ginger (minced)
6-8 cloves garlic (minced)
¼ teaspoon Emma (ground)
¼ teaspoon Pepper (ground)
Salt to taste
4 piece Star Anise (optional)
2 Table spoon oil

  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoon oil. Add the chopped onions and ginger. Fry until onion softens. Add garlic and star anise. Fry until aromatic.sha shogok 3
  2. Add the meat, ground emma, pepper, salt. Stir and let the meat brown slightly.sha shogok 4
  3. Once the meat browns, then add ½ cup water, cover and let cook until meat is tender. (I used a pressure cooker so it only took me 15-20 minutes but if you are using a regular pot, then I would let it cook on a medium flame, covered until the meat is tender – you can continue to add more water if needed.)
  4. Once the meat is cooked, then add the potatoes – another 10-12 minutes till the potatoes are cooked. Cover let stand for few minutes before serving.sha shogok 5
  5. Add some chopped cilantro for garnish and enjoy your Sha-Shogok with pak or bhaley or simple steamed rice.


3 comments on “Sha Shogok

  1. dfgdggg
    March 6, 2016

    emma is a North eastern ground spice)

  2. NONI LA
    March 4, 2015

    What is emma?

  3. Jasmin Ali
    June 13, 2014


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