6 Things to Order off a Nepalese Menu

When you go to order delivery, does Nepalese cuisine ever come to mind? While it might not be the first thing you think of, I highly recommend seeking it out! With influences from neighboring countries of India, Tibet, and China, overtime, Nepalese food has formed a truly unique stamp on world cuisine. Here, I had help from my subscribers to thoroughly learn what Nepal’s traditional dishes have to offer!







1. Samay Baji (Nepalese Thali)

“This particular dish consists of beaten rice, black eyed peas, chickpeas, roasted soybeans, potatoes, spinach, chhoila, radish pickle topped with meat, wo or bara.” – Kritishma

“Newari people are indigenous people of Kathmandu. They have a rich culture and unique food scenario. Actually, I’m also from Newari community. We have to make Samay Baji for our religious and cultural functions as well as an offering from the gods. I think that Samay Baji will be a good introduction to Nepali cuisine.” – Rasu

2. Sukuti (Spiced Beef Jerky)

“This is most traditionally made from buffalo meat. Buffalo meat is actually very popular in Nepal. This is a very good drinking food.” – Radhe

3. Steamed Momo (Steamed Dumplings)

“I use usually like the classics so I would recommend you to try the steamed chicken momo. Nepali people will eat about 20 to 30 of these in one sitting. We like to joke around and say that you’re not a Nepali person if you don’t like momos or if you can’t eat a lot of momos.” – Jyoti

4. Jhol Momo (Dumplings in Soup)

“It’s very common to eat [jhol momo] in a cold, rainy day. Whenever I used to get off work, my dad used to pick me up and we used to eat typical Newari jhol momo made out of buffalo meat and it used to just feel so homely and like it feels very good. It’s like a perfect comfort food.” – Eesha

5. Chatamari (Rice Flour Crepe with Potato, Minced Chicken, Egg, and Spices)

“I think almost every country in the world has their own savory version of a pancake and this is Nepal’s version of a pancake. You should definitely try it.” – Radhe

6. Chyang (Fermented Rice Wine)

“A very popular alcohol which originated in the Newari community is chyang. It’s fermented rice wine. It’s not that strong. It’s maybe five or 6%, but cold chyang is really, really great.” Eesha

I hope this has inspired you to get excited and try perhaps a totally new cuisine! And there’s more where this came from. My subscribers also recommend some amazing dishes like: Chatpat (puffed rice mixed with green peas, chopped red onions, green chili, tomatoes, boiled potato, wai wai, lemon juice and special masala) Aloo Chat (fried sliced potato sauteed with onion, tomato, cilantro served with chat masala) Pangra Fry (chicken gizzard stir-fried with ginger, garlic, Sichuan pepper, green chilies and traditional Nepali spices) Macha Tareko (small whole fish marinated in yogurt and Nepali spices then crispy deep-fried served with homemade spicy sauce) Kachila (beef steak tartare topped with boiled fenugreek mustard oil and other spices) Newari Thali (traditional Newari set consisting of beaten rice or rice of your choice, choila, black eyed peas, chickpeas, roasted soy beans, potato pickle, mustard green, side of aloo tama soup, sweets and curry of your choice) Chili momo (deep-fried dumplings sauteed over homemade spicy chili sauce, sliced bell peppers and onions) Fried Momo (crispy deep-fried dumplings) Chicken Woh (lentil cake served with goat gravy on the side) Puri (puff bread) Ras Malai (flattened clotted cream balls flavored with cardamom) Aloo Tama Bodi (traditional spicy Newari soup of potatoes, black eyed peas and bamboo shoots) Kakra Chireko (​​whole cucumber sliced and topped with Nepali style spicy dressing and lemon juice). So if you have the opportunity, defintely try Nepalese food, you won’t regret it!

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