The most prevalent Nepali dish is ‘Daal, Bhaat and Tarkaari’ (lentils, rice, vegetable curry respectively). This is the main course served in the most Nepalese houses irrespective of the economic conditions, that too in both lunch as well as dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to Southwestern part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.
Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include ‘Moos’, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling that is similar to Chinese pot-stickers and Tibetan Bread and Honey; a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. One delicacy that you do not want to miss while in Nepal is the dried meat. It makes a deadly combo with beer or any other alcoholic beverages. Newars, an ethnic group, are considered connoisseur of great foods. Watch out for Newari Restaurants. Surely it will be a great way to enjoy good food. In the Everest region try the local Sherpa dish of potato pancakes that are called Rikikul. They are delicious eaten straight off the griddle and covered with yak butter or cheese.
The food in Nepal differs from the one culture to another. However, here’s a typical sample of food from different cultures in Nepal.
Dal, Bhat and Tarkari – translated as Lentils, Rice and Curried vegetable. It is the main staple diet of most Nepali people.
Nepali Appetizers (Snacks)
Chatamari – (Newari) food resembles Pizza or Dosa (south Indian). rice flour flat bread cooked over heat with toppings such as minced meat (with or without some vegetable), egg, sugar or no toppings.
Choyla –(Newari) grilled /roasted spicy meat. Usually eaten as appetizer with liquor
Gundruk – dried and fermented green vegetables leaves. When made to soup gives a slightly sour, slightly tangy.
Kwati – (Newari) Soup with many beans. (In Jaiai Purnima Festival specialty)
Momo(cha) – (Newari) a dumplings filled with minced meat (usually buffalo in Nepal, Turkey elsewhere), served steamed or fried. very popular appetizer, afternoon snack or evening meal.
Samay Baji – (Newari) beaten rice with roasted meat, smoked fish, boiled-then-fried egg, black soybeans and diced ginger.usually a ritual food co
Sekuwa – grilled meat usually made from mutton, duck, chicken, buff, wild boar.
Sel – donoght-like shaped dessert/snack made from rice flour
Sukuti – spicy dried meat roasted over a charcoal fire.
Aloo Tama – Potato made with bamboo shoots.
Tawkhaa – (Newari) Jello of meat soup served cold.
Wo – (Newari) flour patty made of lentils with or without meat/egg topping. used in ritual or festival or used as snack.
Nepali Main Dish
Aloo Tama – Bamboo shoot and potato.
Dal – lentil soup usually eaten with rice. Most popular lentils used as Dal in Nepal are black, red and yellow.
Sag – Green Vegetables – Spinach, mustard greens or broad-leaved mustard- A standard accompaniment to plain rice for lunch or dinner.
Masu – meat with spices (curry) and gravy. (Usually served with rice) Most Nepalese eat chicken, mutton. Some eat buffalo and pork. Almost no one eats cow. Killing cow is prohibited in Nepal
Bhat – steamed rice
Tarkari – Any kinds of vegetable or group of vegetables as curry, usually broth. can be made in thousand s ways.
Achar – a sour, spice or seet pickle. It can be made in thousand ways. The most poplar way is made of tomatoes, sliced radish, coriander, boiled or diced potatoes.
Sanya Khuna – (Newari) hot, spicy, salty jellotype food made from fish soup.
Dahi – Yogurt/Curd
Juju Dhau – (Bhaktapur special curd) Juju literally means ‘‘king”.
Sikarni – curd mixed with dried fruits.
Rakshi – liquor (can mean local liquor)
Thon (Newari) or Chhyang (Tibetan) – the milky white beer/liquor made from fermented rice.
Tongba – It is especially popular alcoholic liquid in the hilly and mountain regions. It is specially made by pouring hot water into a pot of fermented millet and drunk with a bamboo straw.