Tour of Nepali food

The food of Nepal comprises a variety of cuisines based upon ethnicity, soil and climate relating to Nepal‘s cultural diversity and geography. Much of the food is variation on Asian themes. Other foods have hybrid Tibetan, Indian and Thai origins.

The traditional food of Nepal consists of Dal-Bhat-Tarkari eaten twice daily by most of the people. People of Nepal often have some yogurt with their meal. Himalayan food in Nepal is influenced by Tibet and related to ethnic groups in the Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya like warm foods example – thukpa, butter and salt tea and strong alcohols. Some Himalayan foods include potato curry, momos, yak, goat and sheep meat, Churpi (cottage cheese), thongba etc. Another type of food in Nepal is the Newari food. Newars are urbanized ethnic group originally living in the Kathmandu Valley, but now also in bazaar towns elsewhere in the world and Middle Hills. Newari foods are prepared in huge amount during festivals, rituals or ceremonials. Some of their delicious foods are kwati, kachila, swan puka, wo, chhoyla, mye, paun kwa, sanya khuna etc.

Lohorung are indigenous to eastern Nepal. They have a variety of food in their cuisine made from local ingredients. Some of them are Thongba, Chamre, Wachipa, Yangpen, Wamik, Sibring, Bawari, Dhule Achar, Masikdaam, Saruwa, Kinima, Dibu, Sel roti, and so on. Another type of food of Nepal is the Terai food. A typical terai set includes basmati rice with ghee, pigeon pea daal, tarkari which is basically varieties of vegetables cooked together; taruwa i.e. battered raw vegetables such as potato, brinjal, aubergine, chili, cauliflower etc. Terai food also includes deep fried foods in the oil like papad or papadum and mango pickles, lemon pickles and yogurt. For non-vegetable items, they consume mostly fish or goat curry. Traditionally there never used to be poultry items but nowadays, due to urbanization, poultry items are common.

Food etiquette you must know while having your meal in Nepal is that the food is traditionally eaten with right hand. Touching or eating food with the left hand, which is traditionally used for washing off, after relieving oneself, is a taboo. In Nepal, especially among the Brahmin and Chettri castes, the purity of food and drinks is taken very seriously.

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