We may have lots of Nepalese friends as it is India’s neighbouring country. India and Nepal are so close that we share many traditions. We claim to know a lot about Nepal, but do we really know the place? Do you know about Nepalese cuisine? No, it isn’t just the juicy & yummy momos and No! It is not Indian food. Nepal has a great variety of food just like its rich culture. Yes, the country shares its border with India, Tibet & China and definitely, these cultures have a great influence on Nepalese Cuisine. Despite the influence, Nepalese cuisine is unique and irresistible. So here is a list of must-try Nepalese Dishes:
Chatamari is often referred to as Nepali Pizza because of the way it looks. It is a round rice-flour crepe. It is cooked with a variety of toppings like meat, eggs & vegetables mixed with yummy spices and is garnished with fresh coriander leaves & onion. Since it is usually baked, it is really good for health and with all the toppings, trust me it is really juicy. Chatamari is usually prepared for festivals in Nepal but often served as a snack as well. It is delicious! While Chatamari isn’t easy to find easy in India, it is easy to cook this dish.
2) Sel Roti
A dish between Donuts & Bagels? We have it! It is Nepal’s very own Sel Roti made by deep frying Rice Flour and is truly scrumptious. It is crispy and sweet on the outside and soft on the inside. The rice flour dough is made from milk, water, oil, sugar, butter, cardamom, bananas and other flavours. Sel Roti is usually made on religious festivals of Tahir & Dashain but sometimes also served during breakfasts with yogurt dippings. If you say you aren’t even a bit tempted to try Sel Roti, you are probably lying!
Good news for soup lovers! Thukpa is Nepal’s traditional dish influenced by Tibet and China. It is a thick noodle soup that may include meat, vegetables or eggs. This delicacy is usually served in winters and can be found all around Kathmandu. It is a perfect blend of meat and soup which will make you fall in love with the dish! Due to its popularity, Thukpa is available in many restaurants in India. Feeling cold? Why not try Thukpa? It will pamper your taste buds, make you healthier and a perfect way to make yourself warm this winters. You can also pretend to be Joey (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) and say ‘Ummmm…Noodle Soup!’
Gundruk is one side dish which can add flavour to anything! It is a very popular dish made by fermenting leafy green vegetables. You can also refer to Gundruk is an assortment of pickles, but that wouldn’t be right! Gundruk is enjoyed as a condiment with the main course meal. It tastes amazing and will satisfy our taste buds when we might feel like having something ‘chatpata!’
Beer lovers, I have an amazing news for you. Nepal has their own Millet Beer! You heard me right. This alcoholic beverage is a traditional and indigenous drink of the Limbu people in eastern Nepal. This beverage is religiously important to the community. The beverage is consumed in a very unique way. The fermented millet is poured into a vessel & mixed with hot water. It is left undisturbed for 5 minutes and then it is ready to be served. The beverage is sipped with a bamboo straw as a tradition. Tongba is Legen-Wait for it-Dary!
So, did you know about all these dishes from Nepal? You should definitely try these amazing dishes with your friends. Do not forget to have it with Tongba! There are many Nepalese restaurants in the city. So, go ahead and pamper your taste buds with these yummy delicacies.