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Nepal Food Cuisine

There are a number of different customs in the Himalaya regarding food, many of which have direct links to the religions practiced. For example, Buddhists believe that the foot is dirty and disrespectful, because Nepalese people eat on the floor, if your foot accidentally went above some food, that food would be considered jutho or 'contaminated'.

The cultural and geographic diversity of Nepal provide ample space for a variety of cuisines based on ethnicity, soil and climate. Nevertheless dal-bhat-tarkari is eaten throughout the country. Dal is a spicy soup made of lentils served over bhat (usually boiled rice but sometimes another grain) with tarkari (vegetable curry).The food in Nepal differs from the one culture to the another.

Daal Bhaat

The most popular Nepalese food includes a dish called "dhal bhat tarkari".  Dhal bhat tarkari consists of rice (bhat), curried vegetables (tarkari) and a type of lentil soup know as dhal.An issue concerning your health is the purity of drinking water. It is not recommended to drink water straight from tap anywhere in Nepal. Most people in the Himalaya are used to eating dhal bhat tarkari twice a day, everyday. This may seem a little boring after a while, but the range of curries available and the economics of buying and growing food in one of the poorest countries in the world has meant little change. Because many Himalayan people were once nomads, crossing the Himalaya for trade, there are lots of foreign influences as Indian and Tibetan style dishes (and peoples) have been imported.

Green Vegetables

Spinach, mustard greens or broad-leaved mustard. A standard accompaniment to plain rice for lunch or dinner.

The food consumption habits of Nepalis have undergone a remarkable change, with their inclination towards non-oily foods and green vegetables increasing rapidly in recent years. Thanks to growing health awareness, particularly about oily foods that can fuel various health complications, people are gradually taking to non-oily and light foods in their daily life and at gatherings and special occasions as well.


A paste item made from flour eaten generally in the far flung mountain areas where it’s difficult to find rice. Dhido with Gundruk soup is in fact the representative of difficult mountain life.

Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include 'Momos', a meat or vegetable filled dumpling that is similar to Chinese pot-stickers and Tibetan Bread and Honey; a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. One delicacy that you do not want to miss while in Nepal is the Dried meat.

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