Kham Tibetans



Barley Flour Dough Balls


Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 6


  • 3 cups decaffeinated tea
  • 3 pats of salted butter/margarine (cut in half)
  • 3 cups barley/wheat flour
  • 2 cups cinnamon-sugar mixture
  • 2 serving bowls
  • a teacup and spoon for each person
  • plastic tablecloth to protect the table
  • paper towels, napkins, or wet wipes

To prepare

  1. Boil water in a teakettle.
  2. Place tea bags in teapot or pitcher. Add boiling water and let the tea steep for five minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool to lukewarm.
  4. Set the teacups on the tablecloth and add a 1/2 pat of salted butter to each cup.
  5. Put serving bowls of flour and the cinnamon-sugar in the middle of the table.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup tea into each teacup to cover and partially melt the pat of butter.
  7. Using spoons, add flour to your teacup gradually. Use your fingers to mix the flour and tea to form a stiff dough.
  8. Pull off small pieces of the dough, roll them into balls with your fingers, and dip the balls into the cinnamon-sugar to coat. Wipe sticky fingers as necessary.
  9. Pop them into your mouth and enjoy this famous Khamba treat.
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