Saturday's Bhutanese cooking demonstration was a wonderful start to the tasting and cooking demonstrations - visitors keenly took notes on the recipe, discovering that like most chefs, there's always the secret ingredients that aren't 'published' but give the personal flavour (in this case, the extra spices).  

Offering the inside knowledge on how to cook a tasty daal soup, cauliflower and potato curry with rice, the Bhutanese cooks found they had to juggle cooking with fielding questions.

Bhutanese cooking yesterday and the first day open to the public - Check out more photos on Facebook


During the wait for the curry and daal to cook, the audience did a short quiz on Bhutan and found that the youngest members had read the information boards and had the answers first! There was also the opportunity to learn the Nepali alphabet while waiting for the curry to cook.  These refugees are from the southern part of Bhutan, whose ancestors came from Nepal.  So although the official language is Dzonkha, Nepali is their language of choice. 

Today the group are showing people how to cook cell roti.        


Saturday 31st March

2.00pm – 3.30pm Cooking Demonstration: Rice, curry and daal.

Sunday 1st April

1.00pm – 3.00pm Making Cell Roti.

Monday 2nd April

10.00am – 12.00pm Bhutanese display and food sampling.

Tuesday 3rd April

2.00pm – 3.30pm Come and learn greetings in the Nepali language.

Wednesday 4th April

10.00am – 12.00pm Making pickle without cooking.

Thursday 5th April

2.00pm – 3.30pm Come for a chat and be introduced to Bhutanese Nepali people.

Chuda Ghimirey, Bhutanese coordinator checking the spices in their kitchen 

Chuda's son being dressed in Bhutanese national costume in preparation for the opening.

Men at work - Te Manawa staff and Bhutanese co-ordinator 

Bhutanese dancers at opening

Bhutanese cookpots

The Bhutanese community from Feilding and Palmerston North will kick off the exhibition - we filmed in both communities and were very lucky to have such wonderful access. We're very grateful to the stall holders at the Albert Street market who allowed us to film during the market.

Filming with the Bhutanese community kicked off the three new videos to be produced for the exhibition.


  The green pickle is what they call 'bitter gourd' in Bhutan. 


At: Te Manawa Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Exhibition coordinator: Christine Coles - Email: