mysterious desert

Hi, does anyone know how to make this dessert? It is from Tibet originally, and can be found in a French restaurant under the name 'dolma'. (both the name of the desert and the name of the restaurant)

The white component is 'fromage blanc' (fresh cheese) with honey.

I had it years ago. The main square component was rather sweet and tasted like it was made of flour (and delicious) but not too sugary. I can't remember whether it tasted at all salty or not. No fruits or obvious vegetables inside. (no carrots)

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    Is Dolma the name of the dessert, or the restaurant? The picture looks like it might be a variant of Barfi (really) - asian-recipe.com/tibet/tibetan-desserts.html. BTW, I'm editing the question to avoid close votes since recipe requests aren't allowed here. Welcome, it's an interesting question.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 13:06
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    did it taste of anything besides sweet? For example it looks like carrot barfi (carrot fudge dessert) from asian-recipe.com/tibet/tibetan-desserts.html but surely that would taste at least a little of carrot. Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 14:07
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    @KateGregory The sauce seems right with carrot barfi - think carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 14:13
  • thanks for welcoming my question and for your comments. I've edited m question to add more informations. Barfi (what a terrible name though) looks like a promising direction. (It doesn't explain the color.) At this point I'm guessing maybe this is a family recipe and it isn't well-known.
    – Rayan
    Commented Dec 4, 2016 at 22:01
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    That recipe is intriguing and simple enough that I might make it in the name of science. I'm not sure that it would actually *taste" of carrots. I don't think most carrot cake tastes of carrot. Plus, the color in the recipe I posted is artificial. That being the case, I wouldn't take it to mean anything.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 13:09

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There were a couple outside possibilities that I saw - though its worth noting the differences in description mean that the dish you had would have to be a variation specific to that restaurant, as far as I know.

One possibility was the cream cheese burfi - it is specifically mentioned to be a tibetan dessert, and the major flavors would be cream cheese, sour cream and milk (which would blend into the fromage blanc), but it is also made with flour, salt, baking powder, and of course sugar - which might give the right flavor profile that you mentioned. It is traditionally made with nuts (almond and cashew) and also raisins, but this might be a simplified recipe to suit that particular recipe, as I mentioned.

A bit of an outside possibility, but the description for gtor-ma cakes sounded like a possibility - made with parched barley flour and butter, the flavor profile would indeed be strongly of flour and not too sweet (and the fromage blanc with honey would give the whole a sweeter taste for a dessert dish). Problem is, this cake is usually elaborately decorated as a religious sacrificial offering, mostly in cones (so perhaps not plain squares unless the restaurant was making their own very liberal interpretation of the dish).

Final possibility I saw, was Thue, a traditional dessert that best fits the appearance of the dish, but seems maybe less of a match tastewise. Thue is made with dri, a harder cheese (like parmesan or something) finely grated, brown sugar, and unsalted butter - mixed into a smooth, slightly crumbly paste and pressed into brick form. I look at the picture and think this dessert fits, even with a sprinkle of brown sugar on top, but the taste I imagine would be different from what you described, saltier (but still sweet) and rich, and not much like flour since the main component is sharper, drier cheese. Maybe the flavor profile would be closer to your description if this restaurant also mixed in barley flour, like tsampa or pa, where dri cheese is mixed with barley flour, tea, sugar and butter - but that's a snack and not a dessert.

In the end, I think a better description of what the dish tasted like would help a lot to figure out what's in it - though it can be hard to describe offhand and after the fact, I know - so I though I'd offer up these dishes because maybe one of these descriptions can jog your memory of the tastes enough to guess which it was (or worse comes to worst, make them and find out)?


You posted this almost 6 years ago but if this desert still haunts you, know that it is most certainly a Tsampa. Was this Dolma restaurant situated in Rennes FRANCE ? If so, I've been to this restaurant just 2 days ago and ordered the "Dolma Home Dessert". It looked exactly like your photo except there was less yoghurt. I asked the lady what was it made of and she said "barley and butter". I searched on the internet and I'm almost positive it is a Tsampa. In the restaurant they didn't use tea in it though. It was exquisite.

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