Nepali Night in Sri Lanka

It’s all thanks to Gayathri who spent a little time in Kathmandu a few years ago, and her scrummy memories of Nepal’s infamous mo:mo.

Gayathri (m) who spawned the whole Nepali Food Night with Tharshini (r) and Shamali (l) – all making perfect mo:mo

Mo:mo are little dumplings stuffed with meat or veg, and served steamed with a chilli/tomato achar.  They can also be fried or prepared as one of my favourites, chilli mo:mo where they are smothered in a chilli sauce.  Man!  My mouth is watering.

They are usually eaten as an afternoon snack and shared with a few friends.  I must admit to having trouble sharing mine, I’ll only really share with those folks who are extra special to me.

I haven’t made mo:mo too often but promised to teach Gayathri how to make them.  Then the offer grew legs and I ended up with six ladies in my Colombo kitchen last Saturday, all interested in learning how to make mo:mo and a few other Nepali snack-like dishes.

I think this might have been the only time Debi was NOT crying.  Onions and chillis make her cry … lots!  And Firasa gets the sniffles too.

And we had yummy snacks!  From left:  Gayathri, Devi, Firasa, Debi, Shamali, Tharshini & I

We had a blast actually, it was the second time most of us cooked together, the other time being when we prepared the food for BIZ+ volunteer Maheshie’s birthday – that was when the men were NOT invited.

Word spread around the office that the food was good and Yohan then threatened to wear a dress so he could be invited to the next soiree.  That might have been a sight for sore eyes so us ladies decided to include the men, only if they brought dessert – which they did.  It was even homemade!!

Pretty much everyone on the BIZ+ team came, plus Michael’s two girls and wife Anne who fell in love with mo:mos during their Christmas trekking trip to Nepal.  John, the newly appointed head guy at Land O’Lakes International Development who happened to be in Sri Lanka, touring the project’s businesses with Michael all week, also came to the party.  Bet he didn’t think he would be eating mo:mo of a Saturday night in Colombo!  My long-time friend Rita was also in town, she had the good sense to go shopping in the afternoon and enjoy the get together and food later that evening.

And some random photos of the fun throughout the evening.

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It was a lot of work to prepare over 200 mo:mo and just a little work for the guys to make dessert and buy the parathas, but it was well worth the effort, thanks to everyone for making it a great night!

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Nepali Night in Sri Lanka

    • Kate Coffey says:

      I know! I just love ’em. Have quite the few converts in Sri Lanka, not only my colleagues in Colombo but also my colleagues in Jaffna who asked for the recipes 😊

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