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Unknown taste of Asia – Nepali cuisine

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Nepali cuisine

Nowadays people travel a lot to different countries. But you must agree that you cannot get to know a country without discovering its gastronomic essence, without getting to know its national cuisine. Perhaps the most distinctive flavors, aromas, products, and cooking methods are in Asia. Food in Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, China, India, and Nepal strikes the imagination first, and then the taste buds and olfactory endings. Today we are talking about Nepali food. Food like Nepal is not found anywhere else, it is a fully original taste of Asia, but unfortunately much less known.

There are many things about Nepal that deserve to be praised: its nature, its mountains, its flowers, its magnificent tea. All of it is extraordinary and vibrant. So is its national cuisine. There are more than a hundred ethnic groups living in this country, which differ in both culture and diet. But with all the existing regional differences, the national cuisine of Nepal as a whole can be described as flavorful, delicious and healthy.

Great culinary traditions of India, China and Tibet mixed with traditions of indigenous peoples of this country created unique, original and harmonious Nepali cuisine.

Products, Spices, and Spices of the National Nepalese Cuisine

The staple foods are rice, wheat, lentils, fresh vegetables, and sometimes meat. These artless products, thanks to local chefs, are transformed into works of culinary art, dazzling in taste, tantalizing in flavor, arousing the delight of any enthusiast. The food in Nepal is dishes worthy of kings.

Very tasty, very spicy, very varied – these are the three main features of such a superb phenomenon as Nepali food. It’s not something you can put into words. It has to be tasted.

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It is a lot of small plates with colorful contents – boiled, stewed, pickled, salted, and other fruits and vegetables.

Another thing about Nepali cuisine is the use of all kinds of spices and seasonings. Like its Indian sister cuisine, spices and seasonings are widely used, but the cuisine of Nepal is much less spicy and spicy, the food is not as greasy and a lot of greenery is used in cooking.

Nepali cuisine

Spices, herbs, spices give food a richer flavor and aroma, have medicinal properties. There are dozens of spices. Each dish should have its own spices and seasonings. They combine with each other and fit the main product.

Bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, onion, nutmeg, cardamom, yellow saffron, hot red pepper, spicy turmeric, green onions create a peculiar bouquet, and adding fresh or dried Himalayan herbs to dishes enhances this magical flavor, giving it a spicy and tantalizing hue.

The most common cooking methods used in Nepali cuisine are boiling, stewing, steaming, marinating, and grilling.


Always the food of the people of any country reflects the main direction of its economy and the level of their development. Nepal is an agricultural country and for a very long time lived in a shortage of food. This is not surprising, because only 6% of the country is suitable for agriculture.

Rice is the main and most important product of Nepali cuisine – rice is the head of everything, so we might paraphrase our proverb in this country. A lot depends on its harvest. When a Nepalese baby turns six months old, he or she is given his or her first meal – rice, of course. This is an extremely significant event for every family and is accompanied by special ceremonies.

Among the Nepali festivals, held in honor of the great host of gods of all ranks who help Nepalis in their difficult lives, stands out the “feast of treating frogs with rice. Boiled rice is brought out into the fields, a treat for the frogs, after which they, as a return, might provide a good harvest of rice.

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frog rice feast

The inhabitants eat their favorite rice with vegetables, sauces, and butter, occasionally with chicken, goat or yak meat. They grow lentils, corn, wheat, potatoes and buckwheat. It is interesting that Nepal is the motherland of buckwheat. They grow it in considerable quantity, especially in the mountainous regions, using for that narrow strips of land with stepping stones.

But it seems that the grown buckwheat is consumed in its own way, probably in the form of flour. At any rate, we didn’t see buckwheat grocery bags on sale in stores and we didn’t see buckwheat porridge on the menu. During our trek in the mountains we saw how locals grow potatoes, tomatoes, and other vegetables on their terraces, everything is not very marketable, smallish, but the farms practically do without chemicals, so everything is fantastically delicious and somehow especially natural!

Culinary traditions and customs at the table

The national identity of each nation is most clearly reflected in its food culture. There are several key points related to food that must be adhered to in Nepal.

  • One should not eat from the same plate with anyone else. The same goes for using the same glass.
  • Avoid touching someone else’s food.
  • Always wash your hands after eating.
  • It is not customary to eat with your left hand, or to give or take anything. As a rule, people in Nepal use the fingers of their right hand as cutlery. Foreigners, however, may be offered a spoon, and restaurants always have our usual spoon-forks.
  • The kitchen in a Nepali home is off limits to outsiders. Beware of throwing anything into a burning hearth. If you are invited to a private home, be sure to remove your shoes before entering.
  • Cows are considered sacred in Nepal, and therefore any food products containing beef are strictly forbidden.

Nepali Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

For the average average Nepali, breakfast is hot milk tea, for those who have an early start in the workday, rice or rice porridge may be an extra.

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Nepali lunch

For the average average Nepali, lunch is dal baht.

For the average average Nepali, dinner is dal baht again. Yes, that’s what it is, the normal diet of the average person in Nepal. The two main meals in which dal baht reigns…

And Nepali tea, which is drunk in huge quantities throughout the day…

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The dal bhat, a traditional and common Nepalese dish, is boiled rice and lentil sauce. Combined with a variety of side dishes – vegetables, peppers, onions, meat, and more – it is delicious and nutritious. It was to our liking. And dal bat tarkari is a variation of dal bat with vegetables. It can be eaten with fruits, spices, eggs and fish, which are abundant in the country’s rivers. The dal bhat is served on a tin plate which consists of segments in which all the ingredients are separately arranged, accompanied by a flatbread.

dal bhat

Momo, such large dumplings, or dumplings, I do not know what exactly to compare them to, is immensely delicious. They can be filled in many different ways, and they can also be cooked in different ways: boiled, fried, or steamed. The types of toppings can also vary: meat, vegetables, potatoes, cheese, and sweet And they’re supposed to be accompanied by a sauce, too, of course, spicy. Nourishing, tasty. But sometimes momos are too spicy.

Very tasty are thukpa – noodles with vegetables and chicken meat. Fried noodles are also good; they are served with vegetables as well, or you can have them with meat.


Samosa are such fried patties. The filling are potatoes and peas. They can also be very spicy, but delicious… And hearty. Many times we bought samosas on the street and ate them. About street food, we think that if what you intend to eat is just cooked, it’s safe to eat.

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In the northern part of Nepal, they love potatoes, just like we do in our country. They boil or bake them, salt them, add garlic and, of course, because it is Nepal, ground chili pepper. But highlanders prefer not to boil potatoes, so that the middle remains solid. Then it takes more time to digest it, which means the feeling of fullness will be longer. On the other hand, the higher you go in the mountains, the harder it is…

This dish is washed down with yak milk or, prepared from it, sour milk products and cheese. We tried this cheese – m-m-m, how we liked it! Yes, let’s also hold our gaze, with gastronomic interest burning in it, on yak. We have not tried it ourselves, but we read that dark-cherry yak meat is very useful and delicious and has some healing properties. We took note of it for next time.

Nepal has a wide variety of dishes, many of which we did not even have time to try. We had a different, not culinary, purpose of our trip, and we spent much less time in the country than it would have taken to get acquainted with Nepal’s food in earnest.

But we tried some of the variety of Nepalese food, and we appreciated it. Back home, I searched the Internet for recipes for Nepalese food. I found a lot of them. I read them and saw that many of these wonderful and delicious dishes can be made at home from products which are sold here, without spending too much time…

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