While most of Nepali cuisine might not be well-known to the world, we are home to some of the most delicious and unique kinds of dishes that vary from culture to culture all over Nepal. With so many ethnicity and cultures living together in such small geographical area, you will find something new in every household that might be classic or specific to holidays. From the Himalayas to Terai, there are different dishes that you can try on your trip to Nepal. Here are five main dishes you must try on your trip to Nepal:
When in Nepal, Dal Bhat is a must-have no matter which region of Nepal you are visiting. Each Nepali household’s staple meal, Dal Bhat is usually eaten with rice along with lentil soup and curry or chicken (or meat) vegetables. This meal is the most favored among the people of Nepal because it is nutritious and wholesome. Along with the rice and lentil soup, you will get a wide variety of seasonal vegetables and salads on the side to complete the dish. Don’t forget to try this dish in Nepal.
This dish is one of tourist’s favorites and a must-try for anyone visiting Nepal. Momos are small white flour envelopes packed with vegetables or chicken or lamb. These are eaten with various types of sauces and mayonnaise, rendering the mixture a tasty snack. Find delicious Momos from anywhere to street vendors to fine dining restaurants. These little pieces of heaven in your mouth are a must-have in Nepal.
Often named the fusion of a donut and bagel (because they’re deep-fried and round), Sel roti is probably much less sweet than the common donut, although they have a hint of sweetness. During celebrations and certain festivals (especially Maghe Sankranti and Tihar) they are commonly found at roadside snack stalls and rendered in Nepali homes. Sel Roti is one of the most desired snacks in Nepal during these festivals. It is a spherical bread made of rice flour that is thoroughly fried to make this outwardly crunchy and inwardly fluffy. This should definitely be on your list of foods to try in Nepal.
Juju Dhau, literally meaning ‘ king curd’ in Newari, is a unique variety of yogurt. It is usually enjoyed as a dessert and has a rich, creamy and luxurious taste. This dish is very popular among the Newaris, and is a must try if you’re visiting Bhaktapur. You can locate several street-side vendors in Bhaktapur selling Juju Dhau.
A sweet dish made from rice dough and crammed with a sweet paste made from coconut, sesame seeds and molasses, Yomari is a celebratory dish in Nepal, served only during the Yomari Punhi festival. The Newari festival marks the end of the rice harvest, preparing and consuming sweet yomari on this day. This dish can also be found throughout the year in several Newari restaurants for you to enjoy. Make sure you try both the Khuwa and Chakku Yomari, two of the most famous flavors of Yomari. This dish is truly unique and found nowhere else in the world, hence, a must-have while you are in Nepal.
Finally, Nepal has a wide range of dishes that you can try out in different regions of the country. Make sure you try the dishes that are listed above and many more on your tour to Nepal. The wide range of variety of the Nepali cuisine is something you certainly don’t want to miss.