Chhurpi may not sound familiar, but it’s a traditional cheese consumed in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Bhutan, and Tibet. There are varieties: soft (consumed usually as a side dish with rice) and hard (chewed like gun). To prepare the latter, the soft chhurpi is first wrapped in a jute bag and pressed hard to eliminate water. Once it dries, it’s cut into small cubes and hung over fire to harden it further. Read more for a video and additional information.
Hard chhurpi is normally first placed in the mouth to moisten, while letting parts of it become soft, and then chewing it like gum. A single cube can last you up to two hours. Plus, its high protein content and tanginess make it an excellent treat for dogs, which explains its high demand in global markets as a dog chew. Stateside, you can find Churpi Bites, Churpi Puffs and even Churpi bars.