Nepalese Cuisine: 10 Delicious Nepali Foods You Must Try in 2023

Publishded: 2023-02-08 | Total Views: 636

Nepalese cuisine is one of the most authentic, delicious, and popular cuisines around the globe. The cuisine of Nepal is rich in spices, herbs, and vegetables,  yet full of flavor. The most common staples in Nepali cuisine include dal (lentils), Chow Mein (noodles), tarkari (curried vegetables), and roti (flat bread).

Popular Nepali dishes include momos (dumplings filled with vegetables or meat), thukpa (a noodle soup), and Sel roti (a deep-fried sweet bread). Traditional Nepali dishes such as Gunda (a meat and vegetable stew cooked with yogurt and spices) and aalu achar (potato pickle) are also widely enjoyed.

Nepali desserts are known for their sweet taste and unique flavors. Some of the most popular Nepali desserts include laddoo, gulab jamun, halwa, kheer, and jalebi. A Popular Nepali street food is the chaat. Chaat is a savory snack made with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and spices. Other street foods in Nepal include aalu tikki (potato fritters), Panipuri (deep-fried pastries filled with potatoes and spices), and sekuwa (barbecue).

Nepali cuisine also includes a variety of beverages, including tea, coffee, arak (alcoholic drink), lassi (yogurt-based drinks), and masala Chiya (spiced tea). These drinks are often enjoyed during meals or as a refreshing snack.

 If you’re planning to do  Everest Base Camp,  Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley,  Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill you should try this food on the trail.


Dal Bhat Tarkari

Dal Bhat Tarkari is one of the traditional and popular cuisines of  Nepal, made with lentils and rice. It is a simple flavorful dish that has been enjoyed for centuries in the region. The main ingredients of this dish are red lentils, basmati rice, and different types of spices, such as cumin, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. The lentils are cooked until they are soft and creamy and then mixed with the cooked basmati rice. The spices are added to give the dish its unique flavor.

Dal Bhat Tarkari is served with a variety of vegetable curries, such as potatoes, carrots, and green beans, and sides of pickles (achar). It is also a popular dish served at festivals, weddings, and other special occasions.

This traditional dish is a great way to enjoy the flavors of Nepal. It is a comforting and filling meal that is sure to please everyone. It is also a great way to get your daily dose of protein, fiber, and vitamins.


Dal Bhat Tarkari



The Newari Khaja Set

The Newari khaja set is a traditional Nepalese dish that is served on special occasions. It is a combination of several small dishes, such as a variety of pickles, curried vegetables, meat, and lentil dishes. The set is served on a large platter, and it is often accompanied by a variety of flatbreads.

The pickles included in the khaja set are usually made with a blend of spices, garlic, and ginger. Common pickles include mango, lime, and garlic pickles. Curried vegetables often include potatoes, peas, carrots, cauliflower, and tomatoes. The meat dishes vary, but they typically include chicken, goat, or lamb. The lentil dishes can range from simple daal to complex curries.



Newari Khaja Set



One of the famous foods that you can get from the street to big restaurants in Nepal is delicious momos. It is a very popular dish among Nepali people. Momos can be made up of vegetables, chicken, buff, and also from other ingredients.

Momo is a part of Nepali cuisine and is often served with a variety of accompaniments such as pickles, chutneys, and dips. It is also a popular item on many restaurant menus and can be found in many different flavors, sizes, and styles. Momo is a popular snack item for enjoying picnics, parties, and gatherings.





Sel roti

Sel roti is traditional Nepali sweet bread, made with a combination of rice flour and wheat flour that is deep-fried in ghee (clarified butter). It is a popular snack in Nepal and is especially popular during festivals like Dashain and Tihar. The dough is shaped into a circular form and fried until it is golden brown. The resulting crispy and sweet bread are often served with tea or curd.

Sel roti is believed to have originated in Nepal as a way to use up leftover rice and wheat flour. It is also a popular offering to the Hindu gods during festivals. During Dashain and Tihar, Sel roti is often made in large batches and exchanged among family and friends as a symbol of love and goodwill. It is often served with other savory items like chutney, pickles, and curry.


Sel Roti


Thakali Khana

Thakali khana is a type of Nepalese cuisine that is popular among locals and tourists alike. It is a most delicious meal that consists of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and delicious curries. The spices used in Thakali Khana are a mix of locally grown herbs and spices, such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, and other spices.

The Thakali people from the Mustang district of Nepal are credited with originating Thakali Khana. This meal was traditionally served to the workers of the Mustang district who worked hard in the fields and needed a hearty meal to keep them going.

The most popular dish in Thakali Khana is the dal bhat. This is a combination of rice, lentils, and vegetables. The lentils are cooked in a spicy broth and served with a generous helping of pickles and chutney. The vegetables are usually cooked in a tomato-based sauce and served with the dal bhat.

The other popular dishes in Thakali Khana are tarkari, a vegetable curry; aloo Tama, a potato dish; and momo, steamed dumplings. There are also a variety of other dishes that are available in this cuisine, such as curries, tandoori chicken, and slices of bread.

Thakali Khana is usually served with a side of pickles, chutney, and relish. Many Nepalese people are fond of Thakali Khana, and it can be easily found throughout the nation. It is a great way to experience the unique flavors of Nepalese cuisine. You can taste Thakali Cuisine when visiting Upper Mustang Trek


Thakali Khana


Chow Mein

Chow Mein is a traditional Nepalese cuisine that is popular throughout the country. It is a spicy, savory noodle dish that typically consists of boiled noodles that are stir-fried with onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, chilies, and a variety of spices. The ingredients are then simmered in oil and served with various accompaniments such as pickles, curries, and chutneys. Chawmin is a popular street food in Nepal and is often served at festivals and other celebrations.

Dishes using this recipe are typically created with flat rice noodles, however, they can also be made with other types of noodles, such as wheatbased noodles. The noodles are boiled in water and then stir-fried with vegetables and spices. The vegetables are usually added before the noodles so they can soak up all of the flavorings. Once the vegetables and noodles are cooked, they are mixed and served with accompaniments. Chow Mein is usually served with pickles and chutneys, curries, and a variety of condiments.


Chow Mein



Kwati is a traditional Nepalese cuisine that is enjoyed especially during the festival of Janāi Purnimā. It is made with nine different types of sprouted beans and is a popular delicacy in the country.

The main ingredients of Kwati are nine types of sprouted beans, including black grams, kidney beans, chickpeas, and mung beans. The beans are cooked with a variety of spices and herbs, such as ginger, garlic, cumin, and coriander, and then mixed with a mixture of yogurt, tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers. This mixture is then boiled until the beans are tender.

Along with Nepal, Kwati is famous in India, Bhutan, and Tibet. It is also popular among the Nepalese diaspora living in other parts of the world, as a comforting reminder of home.





Pulau is one of the traditional Nepali cuisines that is made with a mixture of rice, spices, and various vegetables. The Pulau is served with various accompaniments, such as pickles, curries, or vegetables. It is usually served as a side dish to accompany the main course, such as a spicy meat or vegetable dish.

Pulau is made with a base of long-grain basmati rice and is cooked with a variety of spices. A typical Pulau recipe includes cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, and fenugreek. To this, vegetables are added and can include potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, and peas.

Pulau is a traditional Nepalese cuisine that is both flavorful and nutritious. The combination of lentils and rice provides a good source of protein and fiber, while the spices add a unique flavor to the dish.





Samosa is a popular snack in Nepal that can be found in nearly every corner of the country. It is a deep-fried pastry filled with a savory filling, usually consisting of spiced potatoes and other vegetables. The dough is made of flour, salt, and water, and the filling is often seasoned with garam masala, cumin, chili powder, and other spices. Samosas are generally served with chutney or sauces.

Samosas are the most common snack in Nepal and are typically served as appetizers or snacks. They are often found in street-side stalls and served with tea, chutney, and pickles. Samosas are also served with different types of dipping sauces, such as tamarind, mint, or tomato sauces.

Samosas are a favorite of both locals and tourists alike. They are an easy and tasty way to enjoy the flavors of Nepal. Samosas are a great snack to enjoy while exploring the country, as they are light and easy to eat. They are also a great way to experience the unique flavors of Nepalese cuisine.




Juju Dhau

Juju Dhau, which means ‘King of  Yogurt’ in Nepali, is a traditional Nepalese dessert made with thickened yogurt. It is one of the most popular snacks in Nepal and is enjoyed as a dessert or snack. This creamy, sweet yogurt dish is often served with other foods, such as fruits, nuts, and sweetened condensed milk, to create an even more flavorful experience.

The base of Juju Dhau is made with freshly curdled cow or water buffalo milk that is then boiled and cooled. The cooled milk is mixed with a paste made from mung beans and spices. This mixture is then strained to create a thick, creamy yogurt.

The Juju Dhau is a crucial part of Nepalese culture and is often used to show respect to guests. It is also served as a symbol of friendship and hospitality. This delicious dish is a great way to show your honor to your loved ones and show appreciation for them.


Juju Dhau

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