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How much nutrition does the Tibetan tsampa have?


Zanba is one of the traditional staple food of Tibetan herdsmen. "Zanba" is the Tibetan transliteration of fried noodles. It is the staple food that Tibetan people must eat every day. When visiting Tibetan compatriots' homes, the host will definitely bring you fragrant milk tea and highland barley fried noodles, golden butter and milk yellow "Qula" (casein) and sugar on the table. It is based on highland barley ground into powder as raw material, after frying, with ghee as adhesive production.

Zanba is the staple food of Tibetans. Tibetans have tsampa for three meals a day. Zanba, whose name sounds fresh, is actually highland barley fried noodles. The production method of Zanba is to dry and fry highland barley (belonging to barley, white and purple-black) in the sun, grind it finely, and do not sift. The fried noodles made in this way are edible Zanba. Zanba is somewhat similar to the fried noodles in northern China, but the fried noodles in the north are ground first and then fried, while the zanba in Tibet is fried first and then ground without peeling.

When eating tsampa, put some butter in the bowl, flush into the tea, add some tsampa noodles, and stir it with your hands. When eating tsampa, butter tea and tsampa flour are usually mixed, and white sugar and milk residue can be added when conditions permit, which can add delicious food and increase appetite. When eating tsampa Han, if there is no buttered tea, it can be replaced by pig oil or cooked clear oil, and then boiled water and sugar can be stirred to eat.

Because the tsampa eating method is simple, easy to carry, very suitable for nomadic life. Herdsmen always have to hang a tsampa bag around their waists when they are away from home. When they are hungry, they grab tsampa from their pockets and eat it. Sometimes, they took out a wooden bowl from their arms, filled some Zanba, poured some butter tea, added some salt, stirred a few times, and grabbed it and ate it. Sometimes, while eating tsampa, drink butter tea.

Nutritional composition
Heat (kcal) 257 Vitamin E (mg) 2.68 Protein (g) 4.1 Cholesterol (mg) 73
Fat (g) 13.1 Potassium (mg) 123 Carbohydrate (g) 30.7 Sodium (mg) 8.9
Dietary fiber (g) 1.8 Calcium (mg) 71 Vitamin A (micrograms) 0 Magnesium (mg) 61
carotene (micrograms) 1 Iron (mg 13.9 Retinol equivalent (micrograms) 49.3 Manganese (mg) .64z
Thiamine (mg) .05 Zinc (mg) 9.55 Riboflavin (mg) .15 Copper (mg) 6.26
Niacin (mg) 1.9 Phosphorus (mg) 176 Vitamin C (mg) 0 Selenium (micrograms) 7.5





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