“Nepal with its authentic culture and a variety of ethnic groups also owns several cuisines. And trust me, it’s all unique as Eden. They have got their recipe, meaning, and foremost significant importance. You know that most Nepalese dishes except for momo and chowmin, have got their standing in our society.
Food indeed is something in Nepal that represents a whole of society and tells a lot about them. It represents their locality, geography, culture even lifestyle. For example; if you go to the Himalayan region of Nepal, you’ll find their food made out of flour and potatoes. Because the society over there grows potatoes and corn. So, it’s obvious that their local food is Dhido and other dishes made out of potatoes.
So, likewise, there are other such ethnic dishes that you can taste only in the town and villages of Nepal. Wanna check out what are these dishes?
Well, here we have picked the top 5 cuisines of Nepal that you must try while in Nepal. Because you won’t find such local delicacy anywhere else in the world.
The local Newa Food
The heart of Nepal, Kathmandu is not only a city of traffic and a hub of Nepal but is also an ancient town settled with the Newa community of Nepal. By Newa people, we mean a different community that has its own culture, tradition, and of course, cuisine.
And, the Newa cuisine is probably the most lavish dish that you would get to eat in Nepal. There are several dishes that you might not even remember the name of while getting busy eating them. Here, let me help you with at least some of the names of the typical newari dishes.
Samay Baji (a combined set of Chiura (flattened rice flakes), black soybean, Choila ( barbequed meat), boiled-fried whole eggs, lentil patties, marinated mustard greens, preserved radish pickle, fresh ginger rhizomes, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans. In addition, you might also find green vegetables and potatoes along with tomatoes pickle. And, yes, there is Aila (the locally brewed wine).
Meat items (Dāyekālā (buffalo meat curry), Dugulā (goat meat curry), Heynlā (duck curry), Bandella (wild wardrobe meat), Changrala (mountain goat meat), Khasilā (gelding goat meat), Nyā (fish curry), Sanya (small fish), Chohi (steamed buffalo blood), Janlā (marinated diced with skin raw meat), Kachilā (marinated raw minced buffalo meat), Khāyālā (chicken curry), Me (buffalo tongue boiled, sliced and fried), Pangra, Nhyapu (brains boiled, sliced, and fried), Nyāpukā (fried fish), Pukālā (fried meat intestine, liver, heart, etc, Sanyā-khunā (spicy jellied fish soup), Sapu mhichā (leaf tripe bag stuffed with bone marrow), Swan pukā (goat lungs filled with batter and boiled, sliced and fried), Takhā (jellied buffalo meat curry)
Seems like there is no end to the list of Newari Dish. there are still left types of soups, sweet dishes, vegetables, snacks, and drinks, at last.
Many people spell it as Dhido, Dhendo, and sometimes, Dhedo but ultimately it denotes this epic dish of Nepal. It is prepared by gradually adding flour to boiling water while stirring. And, that’s that. Of course, it’s filled with nutrition and taste only if you try it with non-veg dishes and soups.
Gundruk, a popular food in Nepal, is produced by fermenting lush green vegetables. It’s most typically turned into a pickle called “Gundruk Ko Achar”. The flavor is tough to define; it tastes somewhat mushroomy and salty. It goes well with Nepali curries, and a dollop is frequently added to a Dal Bhat lunch.
Sel Roti is a regular as well as a special dish of Nepal. You can have it while sipping a cup of tea in a local shop throughout the year. While it is also the main dish to have during Dashain and Tihar (for certain communities of Nepal though).
It’s a sweet rice bread in the form of a ring. The bread is prepared using a batter of rice flour, water, sugar, ghee, and spices that are deep-fried in cooking oil.
Searching for momo on the list? Though it typically does not belong to any particular community, yet, here it is. When you say food from Nepal, there would be no chance of not having momo on the list. Momo is a kinda ideal food in Nepal. Everyone loves it. A set of little dumplings stuffed with buff/chicken/vegetables is simply enough for your lunch. And, it tastes awfully delicious.
So, this is it; the top 5 dishes that we consider you must try in Nepal.