Five things you need to know about Nepali Food

25
Jul
2017

Nepali people love their food; it’s healthy, nourishing and fresh. There were no fast foods in Nepal as we grew up and eating out was not a culture, but slowly developing now. Since we always get compared with Indian or Sub-continent food, I thought I’d share few things I think why Nepali food is different and you can be the judge.

It’s not all Daal Bhat

Daal Baht (Rice with lentils and curry) is the dish in Nepal which most households eat at least twice a day. Most travellers visiting Nepal are introduced to Daal Bhat in Kathmandu or trekking in the Himalayas. However, the thing to remember is Nepal has other delicacies too like Choyala, Bara, Sekuwa, Chowmein, Mo:Mo: and the taste varies depending on where you are from.

Nepali food is not like or similar to Indian Food

It is a major misconception that Nepali Food is another version of Indian Food. And most probably I spent the first couple of years at the Hungry Buddha explaining that it is not. We do share some similarities but each cuisine is unique and the spice mix is different. Nepali food tends to be light in spices and not overly hot. Its fresh and the spice complements the vegetables or meat it’s cooked with.

Dhindo

Dhindo is a traditional food of Nepal, sometimes referred to as national food of Nepal.  It is prepared by bringing hot water in a pan to boil and adding flour while continuously stirring the mix. It is the main meal in various parts of Nepal. Dhindo is traditionally prepared from buckwheat or millet but wheat, corn flour is common as well. The food is high on nutrition level and satisfies the taste buds when eaten with Gundruk soup (another delicacy cooked with dried & fermented green vegetables leaves)

Mo:Mo:, Mo:Mo & Mo:Mo:  – Enough said

The steamed dumpling is available at each street corner and is the favorite lunchtime snack for most Nepalese or visitors in Nepal. Mo:Mo: can be made with vegetables, chicken meat or buffalo meat, and when cooked with traditional spices & served with homemade tomato chutney, is sure to impress your taste buds. Every time I go to Nepal, I go to my favorite place in Thamel for mo:mo:’s.

Pressure Cooker is your best friend

As we grew up as kids, ovens/microwaves were almost non-existent but the trend is changing now. However, the whistle of pressure cooker meant, mum had just cooked a nice delish curry or lentils. A pressure cooker is almost available in every Nepali kitchen which could cook a delicious & tender goat curry, authentic Nepali way.

 

Lachhu Thapa

 

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