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Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, Nepal is home to multiple culture, ethnicity, language and this multitude of influence is reflected within the country’s cuisine. Food in Nepal is as diverse as the country itself. Nepalese food is not only rich in its taste but reflects the century old culture and traditions of the local people. Nepalese cuisine possess the most delicious and unique style of taste that will leave you craving for more. Recipes from Nepalese gastronomy can be relatively simple and the flavors subtle, but the results are far from bland due to extensive use of spices and rich flavors such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chilies, cilantro, mustard oil, ghee and more. Savor some of the famous dishes and the rich flavors while in Nepal.

  • Dal Bhat: A perfect combination of Steamed Rice (Bhat), Lentil Soup (Dal), Vegetable Curry (Tarkari) and Pickle (Achar) also served with Meat and Curd (for dessert). Dal, Bhat, Tarkari and Achar is a set of food items that is taken for lunch and dinner both. In most part of country, Dal Bhat is the staple food of Nepalese, eaten twice a day. It is the nearest thing to a national dish in Nepal.
  • Momos: Momos are Nepal’s answer to the delicious dumpling. Usually containing steamed vegetables or meat, the filling is encased in flour dough, and is then steamed or fried. Momos are usually accompanied by one or two dips, often with a tomato base or fermented vegetables. Condiments in Nepal are sometimes quite spicy, and often contain raw chili and garlic. These mouth-watering little dumplings are Nepal’s unofficial national dish for its wide-spread popularity and rich flavor.
  • Dhido & Gundruk: Dhido is the most popular food in rural areas. Dhido is made up of corn flour or millet flour. It is made by cooking flour in boiled water with continues stirring. It is a type of simple flour pudding which is usually eaten with Gundruk. Gundruk is fermented and dried leafy vegetables usually made up of mustard and radish leaves. It is usually prepared as soup adding beans and potatoes. It is slightly sour and tangy with very unique taste.
  • Chatamari (The Nepali pizza): Chatamari is another popular Newari dish. It is thin rounded shaped bread made out of rice floor and topped with variety of toppings but the popular is with chopped red meat and egg. Take it with a chutney and have it as a snack or meal, you’ll love it.
  • Sel-Roti: The famous Nepali crispy doughnut (sel roti), a must during the Tihar or Deepawali festival, is prepared from rice flour. It is reddish brown in color and has a crispy texture on the outside but soft- textured dough on the inside.
  • Aloo Tama: Aloo Tama simply means ‘Potato Bamboo Shoots’. It is a unique and classic Nepali curry flavor dish which has a tangy taste to it. It is usually cooked with beans along with potato and the Bamboo shoots.
  • Chhoila: Chhoila, a favourite dish among the Newars is a grilled spicy non-vegetarian dish made of made of buff (water buffalo’s meat), and eaten as snacks/side dish to beverages or eaten with beaten rice. Choila is not exactly but a kind of chicken chili.
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Sanju G.C

Sanju G.C

An avid wanderer, observer and a travel writer, Sanju loves to share her experiences through words. She has extensively traveled in the South Eastern Regions. Sanju now plans to travel the world, “travel does not make connections, it build relations,” she quotes.
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