Nepalese Spices

What makes Nepalese food unique?

Ammar Chef has been working with us for over two years now and has bolstered the Nepalese items we offer on our menu

Nepalese food is thought to have been originated from flavours and cooking styles of its neighbours – China, Tibet & India. Closest of them being India because of the religion, open border and most importantly the spices. While Nepalese food does have its similarities with Indian food, it is still very much a unique international cuisine.

Nepalese food is fresh, healthy and accommodates most diets. The Nepalese cooking is simple and that’s what makes it appealing to most people who are trekking in Nepal.

The Himalayan Spice Box

Let’s look at some key differences in Nepalese cooking

  • Nepalese cooking we chop and stir-fry the vegetables. Herbs and spices are simply added to give it extra flavour. There is no use of any kind of paste to complement the gravy.
  • Nepalese cooking does not use cream. Instead, its popular sauce is gravy, which presents a thinner and less heavy texture to the food. Nepalese is often considered healthier because of that.
  • Nepalese cooking (curry dishes) does not use sugar. There is only one real exception to this and this is if the dish is extremely sweet. Only then will Nepalese chefs add some cooking sugar.   
  • In Nepal, it is traditional to eat rice (Bhat) up to twice a day in a popular dish called Daal Bhat – a combination of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup. Unlike Indian cuisine, in Nepal we do not eat as much naan or chapatti bread. Our broader menu does have choice of Naan/Roti for our customers at the Hungry Buddha.

At the Hungry Buddha, we use local vegetable suppliers to bring in our weekly supply of fresh vegetables. We prepare each dish on site with much care.

The Hungry Buddha caters for various dietary requirements. You can always email us or call us if you are unsure of our offerings.

The Hungry Buddha is open 7 days from 5 pm. You can also order online directly through our own platform and get it delivered straight to your home.

What are the benefits of Nepalese spices?

Nepal is also well known for spices and when used correctly can have some amazing health benefits. Here at the Hungry Buddha, we are very serious how we use the spice the correct Nepalese way. Below are some of the spices we use and the health benefits it comes with –

Cinnamon (Dalchini)

Cinnamon has amazing health benefits and used in traditional medicine to control blood glucose levels and keeps diabetes under control.

Turmeric (Besar)

The yellow coloured spice and flavour that can be used to make a wide range of meals look and taste better. Turmeric is an antioxidant and has been known to fight and also manage cancer. The spice also comes with the benefit of keeping the liver safe by cleansing it from toxins that come with excess alcohol.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Cumin seed is one of the most common spices in the Nepalese Kitchen. The health benefits of cumin seeds include a boost in the immune system, pain relief, relieving nausea, stomach pains and cramps, indigestion and diarrhea

Cardamom

Cardamom has healing properties similar to those of ginger. It is used to flavour foods ranging from sweet potatoes, pastries to squash. It also makes chiya (Nepalese tea) taste great.

Ginger (Aduwa)

Ginger has many health benefits including relieving colds, joint pains and regulating blood pressure.

Black Pepper

The health benefits of black pepper include curing illness such as constipation, diarrhoea, earache, gangrene and heart disease.

Cloves (Lwang)

Cloves are known for their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste along with medicinal properties. Clove has lots of healing properties and used for upset stomach and as an expectorant.

Mustard Seeds (Tori)

Nepalese households use mustard seeds or its oil for various purposes. It can help control symptoms of asthma, packed with B-complex vitamins and help to relieves rheumatoid, arthritic and muscle pain.

Coriander (Dhaniya)

Coriander is used to spice up a wide range of foods and salads. The health benefits include treating diabetes and being an antioxidant.

We use range of spices on our cooking. Please read our recipe page for some recipe and how we use spice here at the Hungry Buddha.

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