Nepal is home to diverse cultures and traditions, so it is no surprise that the local dishes are a fusion of various Asian cuisines. The residents of Nepal know and love their spices, so beware if you cannot tolerate some extra zing. Kathmandu, known as the city of mountains, is a heavenly sight. It will please your taste buds with a variety of appetizing street foods.
Dal Bhat is the national food of Nepal, so you will find it everywhere with slight variations. It primarily consists of a spicy lentil curry and boiled rice to go with. Rice and lentils are the staple food of Nepalis so you are bound to find these too as part of numerous dishes. Fancy restaurants enhance the traditional Dal Bhat with salad, sauce, and a side of meat.
Momos is a close cousin of the famous Chinese dumplings and a favorite snack among locals. A standard serving dish of momos consists of about ten meat or vegetable stuffed dumplings that are steam cooked. You also get a side of sweet and spicy sauce to dip them in.
Juju Dhau translates to ‘King of Yogurt’ and this traditional dessert lives up to its name. It has a thick consistency like custard and is slightly sweeter than your average milk curd. You will find it at every dairy shop in Kathmandu. It is highly effective in neutralizing the aftereffects of spicy food and it may help heal your personal injuries.
Everyone enjoys a nice warm bowl of soup noodles, so Thukpa is the Nepali version of just that. The dish is inspired by Tibetan cuisine and may contain a bit more chilly than your average cup of noodles. The noodles are cooked in a rich broth with meat and vegetables. It is naturally a very filling dish and a memorable one as well.
This is the supreme form of the well known ‘Pani Puri’, which is an extremely popular dish of the Indian cuisine. The ‘Puri’ is a hollow flaky shell made from dough that is deep friend. Unlike the conventional Pani Puri, Dahi Puri comes with a filling of yogurt, potatoes, and chick peas, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce.
If you ever had and loved a Samosa, then Kathmandu’s Samosa Chaat will surely win your heart. It is basically a plate of dissected samosa, topped with yogurt, chick peas, onions, tomatoes, and a combination of delicious herbs and spices.
Chatamari is something between a taco and a pizza, so it’s obviously scrumptious. The base of the snack is a thin pancake made of rice floor. Common toppings used by street vendors include minced meat, eggs, and cheese.
Laphing is another spicy noodle dish made from either flour or potato starch. It is a quick dish, which is served cold with chopsticks. Ingredients like vinegar, ginger, garlic, coriander, and onions make it immensely flavorful.
Sel Roti is a thin and crunchy donut that will nicely complement your teatime. It is made from rice flour and sugar, making it crispy on the outside with a soft center.
Aloo Chops are Nepal’s croquettes, offering a zesty mix of chicken and potatoes. They are served with a tamarind sauce and taste spectacular.