Yomari Punhi is an auspicious day for the Newari community. On this day Kathmandu Valley residents worship Annapurna, the goddess of crops and food, and pray for a good rice harvest.
Yomari is unquestionably one of the most popular Newari food items. It is a steamed fish-shaped dumpling covered in new-harvest rice flour and filled with chaku (molasses) or khuwa (condensed milk) and sesame seeds. Yomari is wholesome, delicious and nutritious dessert for snacks.
It is believed that a Newari couple in Panauti, Kathmandu Valley, experimented with the first lot of rice harvest and molasses and came up with Yomari. The combination was appreciated by all and the cooking of the sweetmeat during special occasions became a tradition as time passed. As the food was liked by all, the bread was named Yomari, which literally means ‘tasty bread’ in Newari language.