Shyakpa (Sherpa Stew)

I have been working on my “Sherpa Cook Book” for a long time now, long enough that my sister thinks it might be a myth 🙂  If everything works well, I should have the book ready soon, especially since my dad has decided to help me with it. I decided to start putting some of my recipes on SherpaniChef whether my book works out or not! This is one of my favorite Sherpa dishes, Shyakpa (stew). It is my mother in-law’s favorite Nepali dish, so Denece this is for you!
Traditional Shyakpa contains radish and noodles (yeri) which I never really liked as a kid, so my parents made us Shyakpa without radish and yeri which is super tasty.

5 potatoes (sliced)
2 cups pork meat cubed ( beef or lamb for substitution)
1 pack frozen spinach or 3 cups of fresh spinach chopped
1 medium onion chopped into small pieces
2 teaspoon garlic paste or minced
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
Red Chilli powder (to taste)
Salt to taste
Sichuan pepper (to taste)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup flour (to thicken)
6 cups of water


1. Prepare all the ingredients.

2. In a large dish, heat oil. Once the oil is heated, add onion and garlic and cook for 1 min.

3. Add curry powder, cumin powder, salt and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook for a min.

4. Add meat and cook for 10 mins at medium heat (or until the meat is cooked). Cover with lid while cooking, stir occasionally.

5. Add potatoes. Mix well and cook for another 6 mins, stir occasionally.

6. Add spinach and 3 cups of water. Cook for 10 mins. Keep stirring to avoid burning.

7. In the mean time, make a batter using 1 1/4 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cup water.

8. Add the batter to the shyakpa and add another 3 cups of water. Mix well and cook for another 8 mins.

11. Sprinkle some sichuan pepper and enjoy with bread.


  1. this stew looks very delicious and I remember some of my sherpa friend talking about this dish in school. Will certainly give it a try 🙂

  2. Nawang says:

    In a real Sherpa stew we don’t use all those spices and also it’s not being eaten with bread in the side.This recipe is just LOL.When we add potatoes and radish we mix a (dough being rolled in a small size of a mini ball)we add that.This is not a Sherpa Stew.Its some kinda curry with spices.

    • SherpaniChef says:

      Dear Nawang, Would you like to share your real sherpa stew recipe? That would be awesome.