Alu tama can literally be translated as potato and tama soup. Tama being fermented bamboo. A simple potato curry is cooked and at the final stages the bamboo is fried (some may not choose to do it) and added to the soup. Another ingredient in this soup very commonly used would be bodi or tane bodi which is the black eyed peas making it alu tama bodi. Garlic, tomatoes and lemon are also used by some people. Bamboo shoots are eaten both fresh ( called Tusha) and fermented ( Tama) in Nepal.