Cookbook:Masyaura (Nepali Fermented Vegetable Balls)

Masyaura (Nepali Fermented Vegetable Balls)
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Masyaura are Nepali fermented sun-dried vegetable balls made with a combination of minced vegetables and black lentils. The choice of vegetables is mostly taro, yam, and colocasia leaf. As finding fresh vegetables year-round was hard in the earlier days, masyaura become an alternative nutritious food item when fresh vegetables weren’t available. It also can be compared with soy-chunks, though soy-chunks are made from soybeans and masyaura is made with minced vegetables.[1]




  1. Place the lentil flour in a mixing bowl, and add enough water to make a thick paste.
  2. Mix in the vegetables.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave it overnight. This allows the paste to absorb the moisture completely and go through slight fermentation, which gives a nice flavor to the product.
  4. In the morning, make small balls or nuggets by using your hand, and place them on a tray. Wet your hand often with water, which helps prevent the paste from sticking to your hand. The balls should not touch each other.
  5. Place the tray in the direct sun to allow them to dry. It will take around three days to completely sun-dy, and it might take even longer on less sunny or cloudy days. Keep it indoors during the night to speed up the drying process.
  6. Once they are completely dried, keep them in an airtight container store for several months.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • You can also use whole black lentils instead of lentil flour. In this case, soak them in the water for several hours, remove the outer layer, drain water, and then grind them to a thick paste.
  • In Nepali culture, cooked masyaura is Served with cooked rice.


  1. "How to make Masyura?". The Nepali Food Blog | 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2019-11-24.