Five famous Nepali Food you must try

Nepal is a land of ethnic diversity. More than 125 recorded ethnic groups live in Nepal. All these ethnic groups have their distinct customs, traditions, and cuisines. The variety of food all differs from ethnic group to ethnic group. The Newar group has their separate foods and traditions which circles primarily around buffalo meat and Aila (homemade alcohol), while Brahmins are worshippers and don’t have meat-related products in their cuisine. All these 125 or more divergent ethnic groups proud themselves in their unique foods and cuisines.

We've listed down the 5 most famous Nepali food you must try when you're in the Nepal:

  • Dal Bhat – The Famous Staple Food of Nepal
  • Momos
  • Dhindho or Dhido
  • Thukpa
  • Samay Baji

1. Dal Bhat - The Famous Staple Food of Nepal

five famous Nepali food

The staple food of each Nepali household, Dal Bhat is mainly rice served along with lentil soup and vegetable curry or chicken (or meat). This meal is the most beloved one amongst Nepali people as it’s wholesome and provides the needed nutrition. When you take a tour , you will definitely get to experience this meal quite frequently.

Here’s how to make it. 

2. Momo


The next very popular dish is Momos. This is one of the favourites for tourists and is a must try for everyone visiting Nepal. Momos are small envelopes of white flour stuffed with veggies or minced lamb or chicken. They are served with different kinds of sauces and mayonnaise which makes the combination a delicious snack. This food in Nepal has taken India by storm and is a popular street food across many countries as well.

Here’s how to make it.

3. Dhindho or Dhido


Look into the corners of Kathmandu and in the Thamel region, you’ll find a hidden delicacy, the Dhindho or Dhido Thali. It is actually a thick porridge prepared by boiling stone-ground cornmeal, buckwheat flour, millet flour with salt in water. It is the staple diet of the rural areas and is eaten with butter, vegetable curries, pickles, buttermilk and yoghurt.

Here’s how to make it.

4. Thukpa

A bowl of Nepali food featuring noodle soup with vegetables, including carrots and greens, sits on a rustic wooden surface.
Thokpa is boiled noodles, filtered, and mixed with vegetables and meat items. Thokpa is also called Thukpa, It is very popular in Kathmandu and Mountain region of Nepal.It is eaten mostly during winter. Thokpa is noodles dipped in very hot soup, so it is good in cold places. It keeps you warm. 
Here’s how to make it.

5. Samay Baji

A metal plate filled with various Indian and Nepali dishes, including chapati, lentils, potatoes, mixed fried vegetables, legumes, an egg, and a small mound of rice, is arranged on a dark blue textured surface.

One of the main dishes in Nepalese food, the Samay Baji is a gourmet dish that has been passed on along the generations of Nepali people. It is a platter containing barbecued buffalo meat, boiled egg along with beaten rice and spicy potato salad. It is a traditional dish that is served on auspicious occasions in the Newari culture. This dish is a must-try in Nepal, if you are a person who loves perfectly cooked meat and spicy dishes.

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