Category: Nepali Food and Recipes
Border to China and India, culture, lifestyle as well as food we eat is mostly influenced from these countries. By saying that, it doesn’t mean that we do not have our authentic food. We do have dishes with some impressive range of local cuisines. There are different varieties of food that community of different people cook and some of the foods are especially prepared for special occasion. People in the different regions have different varieties of foods. From tongue tickling spicy foods to mouthwatering sweeteners, you can taste different varieties of local foods.
Some of the most common cuisines are listed below:
Daal Bhat (Rice and Lentils): Needless to say that Dal Bhat is the most common food here in Nepal. Most of the families here rely on Dal Bhat every day, which they eat almost twice a day as lunch and dinner. It is served with vegetables, meat curry, and pickle made of tomato or other seasonal vegetables. There is a popular saying amongst the tourist “Dal Bhat Power, 24-hour,” made famous by the trekkers. The alternative of Bhat (rice) will the Dhindo, which is similar to halva or polenta made from maize flour mixed with water and cooked as mush.
Momo: Similar to dumpling, it is a Tibetan dish prepared by filling the minced meat and vegetables stuffed in slice of plain dough and then steamed and served with a soup. It is the most common dishes in every restaurant. It can be served steamed, fried, or half fried depending upon your choice. It is served with the soup made of tomato or beans.
Thukpa: It is a noodle soup, served with sliced meats or vegetables especially eaten during the winter season to make body warm. It is most popular in the Himalayan region with the trekkers. It gives you energy as well as keeps your body well hydrated and fills your tummy at the same time also easy to digest.
Gundruk: It is a fermented product of leafy vegetables. Different kinds of green leafy vegetables are used to prepare Gundruk. It is prepared mostly in the rural part. Gundruk can be stored for a long time and can be eaten mixing different kinds of spices along with bitten rice. Beaten Rice is a popular food which is prepared from paddy. Paddy is first soaked and then drained, and then roasted, and peeling of the husk from the paddy. This is mostly consumed during the festivals also consumed as a mid-day meal.
Tea/Coffee: It is the most consumed beverage by Nepali people. Every morning of the Nepali people starts with cup of either tea or coffee. Tea can be milk, black, green, lemon, tulsi, etc., and coffee can be beans or instant coffee. Different hotels and restaurants serve different kinds of tea. Most of the houses welcome its guests by offering a cup of tea or coffee. It is most popular during the winter season throughout Nepal. It is commonly served with a toast, omelet, biscuits, or cookies.
Raksi or Chyang: It is an alcoholic beverage prepared in household for different purpose like festivals, daily consuming, and for business purpose. It is prepared by pot distillation. It is as same as other alcoholic beverage like whiskey but the alcoholic content may vary whereas chyang is prepared by fermenting rice. These local beverages are mostly consumed during the festival season or some special occasions.
Roti: It is a chapatti prepared mostly of wheat flour. It is prepared by simply mixing flour and water and making dough and then baked in a hot pan. It can be served with lentils, pickle, and other vegetables or meat curries. It is eaten as an alternative of rice. It is a light food that can be digested easily.
Beside these above-mentioned foods, there are other foods that are consumed widely. Bread, Chatamari, bhakka, yoghurt, jeri, laddu, haluwa, and other sweeteners, sel roties, and many more. Other than that, different western food items like pizza, burger, fries, smoothies, hot dogs, etc. are also prepared in houses and different restaurants. If you are visiting Nepal, you should try Nepali local dishes instead of trying western dishes for a new authentic tastes.