Those who are from Tibet have a long list of cuisine that they are known for. Unlike many cultures, Tibetan cuisine is not big on sweet foods and desserts. For those checking out the menus in Tibet restaurants, they will soon note that there is not likely to be a long list of sweets and desserts. The few dishes that there are that come into this category are usually reserved for special holidays and events.

Cream Cheese Barfi

This is a cream cheesecake that is sweetened. The ingredients that are used are:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sweet condensed milk
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Nuts
  • Raisins
  • Coconut

When all ingredients have been mixed according to the Tibetan recipe it gets cooked for about 15 to 20 minutes at 325F then needs to be chilled overnight. To serve it, the Tibetan will cut it into small cubes and top it with whipped cream.

After Meals

Even though there are not a lot of desserts and sweet foods, the ones that are available are heavy, and a little bit goes a long way. After a good meal that has included one of the Tibetan desserts, it is time for some entertainment so after dinner, why not play a game or two? It is a great way to allow a satisfying meal the chance to digest.


Yogurt is an important staple in Tibet, and it is eaten as often as possible. When served as a dessert, it is a combination of Yogurt and Pistachios. The usual ingredients are:

  • Yogurt regular
  • Sour cream
  • Double cream
  • Sugar
  • Pistachio nuts

A variety of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. When ingredients are mixed according to the Tibetan recipes they mixture is chilled overnight, and then served cold with a topping of pistachio nuts that have no salt and have been shelled.

Rasbari Dessert

Just as the residents of Tibet are keen on yogurt, the same can be said about cheese. Which is what Rasbari is comprised of. This is a dish of cheese balls in a cream syrup. The ingredients are:

  • Ricotta and cream cheese
  • Sweet condensed milk
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Half and half milk
  • Cardamom
  • Rosewater
  • Saffron
  • Almonds

This is a cooked dish where the cheese balls made from some of the ingredients which are baked in the oven. Then for the sauce, it utilizes the milk, cardamom and saffron. This simmers until it becomes like a syrup. It is poured warm over the baked cheese balls.


There are many different ways that the Tibetans make use of rice, and this includes turning it into a sweet dish known as Khir or Himalayan Rice Pudding. The ingredients that are normally used are some of the common staples found in Tibetan food which includes basmati rice and nuts such as cashews.