Aloo tama
Cooked aloo tama
Alternative namesAloo bodi tama
TypeSoup, curry
Place of originNepal
Region or stateHilly region of Nepal
Main ingredientsFermented bamboo shoots (tama), boiled potatoes, black-eyed peas, salt, spices
Ingredients generally usedOnion, garlic, tomatoes, chilies, pepper

Aloo tama (Nepali: आलू तामा) or aloo bodi tama (Nepali: आलू बोडी तामा) is a Nepali soup dish made of fermented bamboo shoots, potatoes and black-eyed peas.[1][2]


Aloo tama can literally be translated as potato and tama soup. Tama is fermented bamboo shoots that has a strong sour taste.[3]


A simple potato curry is cooked and at the final stages the bamboo is fried (some may not choose to do it) and added to the soup. Another ingredient in this soup very commonly used would be bodi or tane bodi which is the black eyed peas making it aloo tama bodi. Garlic, tomatoes and lemon are also used by some people.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Where To Find The Best Himalayan Food In LA". LAist. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  2. ^ "Love spicy food? Try exotic Nepali cuisine". The Times of India. 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  3. ^ Munro, Kelsey (2011-04-08). "Mustang Nepalese". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  4. ^ "A basic Kathmandu thaali". Himal Southasian. 2006-11-04. Retrieved 2022-02-14.