Foods And Cuisines

Nepal has different eating habits from European the other various countries. Especially. Nepalese cuisine comprises a variety of cuisines based upon ethnicity, soil, and climate relating to Nepal’s cultural diversity and geography. Meals are traditionally eaten seated or squatting on the floor and eat with the right hand on the plate. Before having the meal, we Nepalese wash our hands and face. In Nepal, it is necessary to wash your face and brush your teeth. Having anything before brushing the teeth is considered to be a dirty and bad habit. There is a very unique tradition in Nepal i.e. while we are having our meal, we are not allowed to speak. Not only that, the host eats after the guest. This is considered to be a sign of politeness and respect toward the guest. While the guest eats, the host takes proper care of the service and provides all the things that a guest needs in a meal. This kind of tradition we practice makes many Europeans and foreigners uncomfortable but this is the culture passed to us for many generations and has become an integral part of the Nepalese society.

Much of the cuisine is a variation of Asian themes. Other foods have hybrid Tibetan, Indian and Thai origins. Nevertheless, dal-bhat-tarkari (Nepali: दाल भात तरकारी) is eaten throughout the country. Dal is a soup made of lentils and spices. This is served over boiled grain, bhat—usually rice with vegetable stew, tarkari. Condiments are usually small amounts of extremely spicy chutney (चटनी) or pickle (achaar, अचार) which can be fresh or fermented. The variety of these is staggering, said to number in the thousands. Other accompaniments may be sliced lemon (kagati”) with fresh green chili (hariyo khursani). Dhindo is a traditional food of Nepal. Much of the cuisine is similar to middle eastern cuisine. It also has a high influence on south and central Asian cuisine

Momo—Tibetan-style dumplings with Nepalese spices—are one of the most popular foods in Nepal. They were originally filled with buffalo meat but now also with goat or chicken, as well as vegetarian preparations. Special foods such as Sel-roti and Patre are eaten during festivals such as Tihar.

Chow Mein is a Nepali favorite in modern times based on Chinese-style stir-fried noodles. It is one of the most beloved everyday staple lunches in Nepalese households today.

List of Nepalese Dishes

Nepalese Dishes

  • Achaar
  • Chiura ( Flattened rice )
  • Bhatmaas – Nepali name for fried black soybeans
  • Buffalo curd – curd dairy product prepared from buffalo milk
  • Chaat
  • Chaku (Nepalese cuisine)
  • Chhurpi
  • Chicken curry
  • Choila
  • Chow mein
  • Chunlā
  • Chutney
  • Curry
  • Dal
  • Dal bhat
  • Dhindo
  • Fried cauliflower
  • Ghee
  • Haluwa
  • Jimbu
  • Kheer
  • Kinema
  • Kwati
  • Laping
  • Masyaura
  • Momo (dumpling)
  • Noodle soup
  • Pokhemma
  • Press cake
  • Pukala
  • Pustakari
  • Qeema
  • Roti
  • Samay Baji
  • Sapu Mhicha
  • Sekuwa
  • Sel roti
  • Sinki (food)
  • Sukuti
  • Swan Puka
  • Tarasari
  • Thali
  • Khichdi
  • Khoa


  • Aloo kauli
  • Kukhurako masu – Chicken spiced stew
  • goat stew
  • Gundruk
  • Vegetable tarkari
  • Pork stew
  • Mixed Veg Tarkari
  • Masyaura
  • Dal
  • Saag

Newa Cusine

  • Aalu achar
  • Bodi ko Achar
  • Chataamari
  • Dhau
  • Kachilaa
  • Lakhamari
  • Sanyaa
  • Sanyaakhunya
  • Thwon
  • Yomari
  • Alu tama
  • Choila
  • Pau kwa
  • Sapu Mhicha


  • Aila (liquor)
  • Butter tea
  • Chhaang
  • Masala chai
  • Nepali tea – a beverage from the leaves of tea plants produced in Nepal
  • Raksi {Senteyrem (in Kalimpong)}
  • Rakura tea
  • Tongba
  • Khukri Rum
  • Nigar
  • Sharbat