Nepalese Cuisine

Specialties and street food

Nepalese specialities are a fantastic mix of Indian and Tibetan cuisine, tending toward the very spicy and hot. The flavours are explosive, made from the extensive use of spices such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chillies, cilantro, mustard oil and yak butter. The staple foods you will eat on your holiday in Nepal include rice, wheat, corn and lentils served with fresh vegetables. Most people here are vegetarian and do not eat beef for religious reasons so your diet may be quiet vegetable heavy during your stay. Some of our favourite specialities include:

This super easy lentil soup is made for those who want a quick meal. Lentils are often soaked overnight to help them cook faster and are combined with onions, tomatoes, turmeric and garlic to make a filling, nutritious soup. Dal is often served over bhat (steamed rice)d and is a hearty, speedy lunch or dinner.

Bhat (rice) is the staple dish of Nepal. During your stay, you will find it is served with every meal, and prepared in various ways as snacks. Vegetable pulao, for example, is flavoured with turmeric and cumin and served at parties and events. 

Nepalese takhari (curries) are made of a base of ginger and garlic paste, onions and tomatoes. Whether you eat meat or are a vegetarian, the takhari here are wonderful. Vegetarian takhari, the more popular version, are made with cauliflower and potatoes, and include spices like cumin, chilli pepper, turmeric, garam masala, cloves, cinnamon and fenugreek seeds. Hot and spicy, Nepalese curries will offer you a flavour experience like no other.

Samosas are one of the most popular street foods in all of Nepal. These decadent pastry parcels are filled with meat or stuffed with onion, lentils, potatoes, chilli, coriander, cumin and masala. They are cut into cone shapes and fried in hot oil. Make sure you order the vegetarian option or only accept a freshly made meat samosa. Other street food favourites include:

Sel Roti
This traditional Nepalese street food is a homemade doughnut made from rice. It is widely eaten during the Nepalese festivals of Dashai and Tihaar. Rice is ground in a stone mortar and pestle and mixed with bananas to make a lovely batter that is deep fried in vegetable oil.

This Nepalese dumpling can be steamed or fried and is stuffed with buffalo, chicken or vegetables. This popular street food made its roots in the Tibetan mountains and looks a bit like a soup dumpling. They can easily be found from any of the little stalls along the streets of Kathmandu.