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Tokha’s Chaku [Photos]

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KATHMANDU: JAN. 9 – Tokha is a well-known Chaku (Newari Cuisine) destination in Nepal. Tokha businessmen are busy making Chaku as the Maghe Sankranti approaches.

Chaku is a Newari dish prepared with sugarcane juice concentrate, jaggery, ghee, and nuts. The mixture is either cooked in a shallow dish and sliced into little diamond-shaped pieces, or it is heated until it is a solid form and then pulled on a hook in a way similar to creating taffy and then cut into small rolls.

Tokha’s Chaku trader is keen to make a Chaku today. There is now a demand among Nepalis living in various cities around the world. In Tokha, there are approximately 15 traditional Chaku factories. Most of them are grandkids who have chosen the same path as their parents.

Using technologies from a century ago, they are now making Chaku with the same flavor.