Kwanti (Qwanti): an Amazing Curry Made of Sprouted Beans

Kwanti or Qwanti is an amazing dish that is made up from various sprouted beans. It is a popular item for the traditional Newari people in Kathmandu. Every year, people love to eat this fabulous item with their family and relatives on the day of Janai Purnima (the full moon day of August).


The Kwanti culture is popular mostly in the Newari communities in the Kathmandu valley. It is believed that after working for the whole monsoon in the field with planting rice and other, farmers are caught from cold. By eating Kwanti, you will get rid of the cold and enjoy the festival season. Teej is close to Janai Purnima, then Dashain (the biggest festival in Nepal) and Deewali.



About Janai Purnima Celebration

Janai Purnima Festival or Celebration takes place in full moon day of August every year. This is a significant day for the Hindu devotees. They change their holy thread on their body and also put the thread on the wrist, just like the wrist watch. On this day, devotees visit the nearby temples and worship Gods and goddess.


How to prepare Kwanti?

First of all, heat the frozen ghee that you will use to cook Kwanti and temper jwano. Then start adding some of the tiny ingredients as, onion, ginger, garlic paste, turmeric, cumin, chili and coriander powder. Then you mix the chopped tomatoes and mix well. When it offers aroma, put water and the sprouted beans. Then, boil it by giving the small heat. Add salt according to your taste. Now, Kwanti is ready.

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