Sikarni: Nepali Sweetened Yogurt

A Dollop of History

I came across this traditional yogurt dessert recipe the other day when my son and I were learning about Nepal. I do not have much personal experience with Nepali cuisine and culture, but what better way to learn more than through food?

Nepal is a very ethnically diverse country, which is also reflected in the food culture. Nepali cuisine has a unique blend of Indian and Tibetan influences, as well as many indigenous traditions. There is no one definitive style of cooking, and the food varies by region. The most common Nepali cuisines are Newari, Thakali, Magar and Sherpa.

The origin of Sikarni is unclear, but sources suggest it is a Newā/Newari dish from the Kathmandu region. There are many variations on this popular dessert, but it is typically made by sweetening yogurt with honey or sugar, spicing it with a combination of cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg, and adding fruit…

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