How to make Yomari? A Traditional Newari Cuisine Recipe

What is Yomari?

Yomari is a food prepared in the Newar community. It is made during Yomari Punhi (full moon of December-January), and it is actually a kind of rice dumpling with filling inside and then steamed or fried. 

This Newari cuisine is eaten as a snack mostly, and it has been said that this food goes back hundreds of years.

It is traditionally prepared, and children enjoy the sweet Yomari very much during Yomari Punhi, but it may also be prepared on other special occasions like birthdays and baby showers. 

It is made with rice flour dough stuffed with chaku (black treacle, molasses), and is not only good for taste, but also it has a great energy value.

Also, this Newari cuisine is available in Newars at any time; that’s why it may be called as evergreen food of the Newar community.

Ingredients: Rice flour, chaku (black treacle, molasses), water

How to make Yomari?

Making Yomari with Chaku

1. Add rice flour to a bowl. 

2. Add chaku (black treacle, molasses) to a bowl. 

3. Add enough water to make a thick dough and stir well to combine all ingredients together. 

4. Divide the dough into portions and make Yomari balls. The ball should be big enough so that it can be stuffed with chaku (black treacle, molasses). 

5. It has to be served hot while its outer covering is crispy and is filled with chaku (black treacle, molasses). 

You can either steam Yomari or fry Yomari.


Steamed Yomari
Steamed Yomari

1. Grease the steamer plate with oil and place the balls on it. 

2. Steam Yomari for 10-12 minutes until it is cooked and its outer covering is crispy. 

3. It can be served hot with honey or syrup; however, is prepared in the Newar community, and is served with Chaku (black treacle, molasses).


1. Firstly, heat oil in a pan and fry Yomari balls until it is golden brown in color. 

2. It can be served hot with honey or syrup; however, it is prepared in the Newar community and is served with Chaku (black treacle, molasses).

Enjoy your Yomari!

Newar cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in Nepal and is the most famous Newari food.

It tastes great with Chaku (black treacle, molasses), and can be fried or steamed. It is also available at every bakery shop of Kathmandu during Yomari Punhi Festival. 

7 Health Benefits of Yomari:

Yomari has been eaten for hundreds of years by the Newar community, but surprisingly it has a lot of health benefits too. 

1. Good Source of Iron: It contains iron that helps to produce red blood cells in our body, and it is a good source of iron for vegetarians and vegans. 

2. Good Source of Energy: It has a high amount of carbohydrates, and it gives an instant energy boost to our body.

3. Keeps You Full: It is a high-fiber food, and it helps to keep you full for a long time. 

4. Good for Digestion: It is a good source of dietary fiber that helps in the digestion process and prevents constipation. 

5. Reduces the Risk of Cancer: It contains phytonutrients that help to reduce the risk of cancer. 

6. Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease: It contains Omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce the risk of heart disease. 

7. Good for Pregnant Women: It is a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins that helps pregnant women to have a healthy Yomari. 

Also Read: Kwati Recipe: The Delightful Nepali Dish

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