Nepalese recipes and Nepalese Cuisine: Top Nepalese Food You Can’t Miss!

Nepalese food has a special and unique flavor unlike anything you have ever tried before. Nepal combines a range of characteristics from the countries neighboring it. Its unique gastronomic flavor and history is influenced by Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cuisines. Nepalese cuisine is known to be simple and flavorful. 

Nepalese recipes and Nepalese Cuisine: 

Prior to moving to the US, I had never tried Nepalese food–until I moved in with my Nepalese flatmate. When she found out that I had never had Nepalese food, she insisted on making me some! The foodie in me never declines such an invitation! She made a delicious curry; the smell in the house was so fragrant and everything looked amazing. Upon my first bite, my mouth exploded with flavors. To be honest, it was a bit spicy for me as a Middle Easterner. However, we had lassi on the side to balance the spiciness.

Nepalese cuisine - Nepalese Lassi

Finding a Nepalese restaurant in the States was a challenge; you would have to search really well for one. For example, where I lived in San Francisco, there was only one! It was a bit far and outside of the city. That’s why we resorted to making our own Nepali food- well; I was mainly the sous chef.

Nepalese cuisine is known to be generally healthier than most South Asian cuisines, as they rely less on the use of fat in the cooking and more on vegetables and lean meat. Rice, and lentils are very popular ingredients in the Nepalese cuisine, in addition to vegetables including tomatoes and potatoes and herbs such as cumin, coriander, chilies, peppers, garlic and mustard oil.

If you visit Nepal there are popular staple dishes that everyone should try:

  • Pulao: Fried rice with vegetables seasoned with turmeric and cumin
  • Dal Bhat: Rice along side with lentils which is also surrounded by other different dishes such as: meat or fish, yogurt, chutney, pickles, or curried dishes
  • Thukpa: Hot spicy noodle soup that contains meat and vegetables
  • Gorkhali Lamb: curried lamb with potatoes and onion. Lamb is usually marinated in a chili before being cooked and added to vegetables
  • Momo: Nepalese dumplings that contained either steamed vegetables or meat inside. It’s either steamed or fried and normally served with one or two dips

Momo is hands-down the Nepalese favorite dish and it’s served as an appetizer, main or a snack. We will be sharing a Momo recipe from a local Nepalese from Kathmandu!

A delicious Nepalese style dumpling with tomato based dip
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For the Momo
  1. Wonton Wraps
  2. 1 kg (2.2 lbs) meat (turkey or chicken or pork) or a mixture
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 tbsp cumin powder
  5. 1 chopped onion
  6. 2 tsp olive oil
For the sauce
  1. 2 tsp olive oil
  2. 3 tomatoes
  3. 1/2 jalapeños or green chilies
  4. 1 onion
  5. 3 garlic cloves
  6. cilantro (as desired)
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
  9. 2 tsp cumin powder/ garam masala
  10. Sriracha (If you want to add more spiciness)
For the Momo
  1. Mix ground meat together in a bowl with the olive oil
  2. Add salt (just a little bit you don't want the meat to be too salty), cumin powder and chopped onion.
  3. After you have mixed everything together, start wrapping the meat in the wonton wraps by wetting the edges of the wonton wraps with water and pressing firmly in order for the both ends to stick together.
  4. Steam them or fry them if you'd like.
For the Sauce
  1. Heat the pan and add olive oil.
  2. Add chopped garlic, then jalapeños and onion.
  3. Fry until it is light brown then add chopped tomatoes.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and cumin powder/garam masala.
  5. Cook it for about 2- 3 mins then add cilantro.
  6. After a minute or two you can just put everything in a blender and blend it.
  7. Put the sauce in the fridge to cool it down.
  1. If you would like the flavors to be stronger, adjust spice ratio as desired.

This is such an easy recipe, and we know that we made you want to try it! Once you do, take a picture and send it to us. However, if you don’t want to go through the hassle, our Private Chefs are happy to do it for you. 

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