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Sha Shogok

sha shogokTime to post a recipe for the perennial Tibetan favorite – Sha Shogok. I was talking food and food culture with my grand aunt from Kham, and she says to me Sha Shogok – that’s the simplest and easiest. It’s plentiful and everyone loves it.  So I decided to make some Sha Shogok. I had some beef short ribs in the refridgerator and a ton of potatoes. I made this very simple dish – Sha Shogok flavored with Emma, and it turned out so 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 had a dinner of Sha Shogok and Pak.

sha shogok 6PS –  To my son and husband’s chagrin, I also served some steamed vegetables –I can’t help it, I do like to add some color to our food plate!!

cilantroPPS – … ahem ahem … I did pick a small bunch of fresh aromatic cilantro from my measly little herb garden – just enough to add a little glamour to my meat and potatoes 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
4-6 piece Star Anise
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 with Pak or Amdo Bhaley or 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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