Welcome to the typical Nepali menu. If you are new to Nepali dishes then you better prepare to swallow the water that comes into your mouth after knowing the dishes from Nepal. Dal Bhat (rice, lentil, and curry) is the most famous dish in Nepal for the Nepalese. They eat it twice a day, for lunch and dinner. So, let's have a look at some of the popular eateries (dishes) in Nepal.
1. Dal Bhat
Dal Bhat (rice and lentil) is a national cuisine in Nepal, which is cooked twice a day at lunch and dinner in every house. Along with Dal and Bhat and curry are served, which are almost mandatory items during the meal. It is a source of energy and is eaten without missing which has become a part of Nepali life.
There is a saying, 'Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour'. It came as a poetic line suitable for music, but in fact, eating rice is so much more durable. Also, it is a very popular term for tourists. When they come to Nepal, they like to get the taste of typical Nepali cuisine and, no doubt, they will be served, Dal Bhat. Sometimes, trekkers also call the tea house trek Dal Bhat trek as they love the delicious meals. Dal Bhat is served with curry, pickles, spinach, salad, yogurt, and so on. If you love to eat meat, chicken or mutton will be served. Nepalese people eat with their right hand, and in some cases, they also eat with their left hand.
Dheedo is another popular form of meal like Dal Bhat in Nepal. It is basically eaten in the countryside, where they grow maize. In the past, those people who used to eat Dheedo would be regarded as poor people. But, now, the time has changed. Those who eat deeds are taken as a matter of prestige. Dheedo is made from maize or wheat flour. It is served with spinach, vegetable curry, and meat (mutton or chicken). People who are suffering from diabetes prefer to eat dheedo, as it is a sugar-free meal.
This will not let your mouth water-filled. It is a Tibetan dish, but nowadays, momo has become a dish without which people do not feel they are satisfied. During the workplace lunch, they prefer momo even after looking menu for half an hour. The dumpling made from flour is filled with vegetables or chicken, mutton, or buff according to your choice. Momo is available in various forms: steamed, fried, and kothey. It is served with spicy soup/pickles.
4. Sel roti
Sel Roti is cooked from flour rice in oil. It is mostly cooked the festivals in villages and remote areas, whereas it is cooked every day in the cities as a lunch or even for breakfast. It is sweet and looks like a doughnut.
Chatamari is a Newari dish, which is equally popular as the Nepali version of Pizza. It is cooked in a round shape with various ingredients such as chopped onions, fresh coriander, egg, meat, and other spices. It is a popular lunch dish in the Newari communities and also others.
Yomari is a combination of rice flour, molasses, and sesame seeds, Yomari is a wholesome, delicious, and nutritious dessert for snacks. Yomari literally means sweet bread. It is cooked and distributed to all the villagers. It is basically prepared in Yomari Punhi, which usually lies in the month of December. Yomari Punhi is one of the festivals of the Newari people, which is celebrated to thank God Annapurna (Lord of Grains) for the wonderful harvesting in autumn. The trend was brought from Panauti, a town in the eastern part of Kathmandu from the historical time.
Bara is another wow cuisine of the Newari people. Due to its popularity, it has become a national dish. It is a kind of thick savory rice-flour pancake. Bara can be made according to your interest, veg, egg, or buff.
8. Aloo Tama
Bamboo shoots and potato- It is also a Newari dish. It comes with another combined item. People also add meat items to make it a different taste.
9. Makai Bhatamas
Makai (corn) and Bhatamas (soybean) is also national lunch in Nepal. They are eaten by mixing. First, they put in a pot, given the heat, scramble and take it out when it is ready to eat.