What to Eat in Nepal: 5 Best Meals You Must Try

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Nepal offers diverse variety of foods from traditional cuisine to popular international dishes. In this Nepal Food guide we're throwing our list of 5 most delicious and favorite Nepalese food at you that we had while trekking Annapurna Circuit and visiting Kathmandu and Pokhara.


Traditional Nepalese food is affected by a blend of Tibetan and Indian cuisine.

You should try at least once Dal Bhat, Momo Dumplings, Thukpa soup, Aloo Gobi, or Pakora while traveling around Nepal.

This article will give you an idea what to eat in Nepal.


Food and Dishes in Nepal

We are extremely fond of Asian food and Indian flavors, and the visit of Nepal gave us new ideas and inspiration for our home cooking experiments.

Food stalls where locals eat and small Nepalese and Indian eateries are topnotch, just wander around and find your favorite one!


#1 Dal Bhat

One of the most traditional meals in Nepal consisting of steamed rice, cooked lentil soup, herbs and several other ingredients such as coriander, onion, ginger, spices, and served with seasonal vegetables.

You can have Dal Bhat every day, and each serving will be slightly different, the taste and ingredients will vary from place to place.

At higher altitudes, servings of this meal are more rustic as vegetables do not grow well there.

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#2 Momos

Steamed white-flour dumplings which come with different varieties of filling, either vegetarian or filled with meat, and served with dipping sauce.

We had momos after our arrival on the first day in Kathmandu in a small street restaurant overcrowded with only locals. For 80 rupees (less than a dollar) we got a plateful of delicious dumplings with green chili sauce and pork filling.

It was only time we did not have a vegetarian option, and after we saw the state of the kitchen, which was extremely dark and wet, we were surprised that we didn't end up in the hospital and for the rest of the stay, only sticked with vegetarian meals or filling.

If you tried momos and fell in love with them as much as we did, you can take cooking class in Kathmandu to learn how you can prepare the meal at home.

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#3 Pakora

A traditional deep-fried snack prepared from vegetables such as onion, eggplant, spinach or cauliflower, and often used as an appetizer.

Preparation of this bite couldn't be easier, starts with mixing ingredients, dipping them in the gram flour sauce and quickly stir-frying the mixture.

We had this meal from a stall on the side of the road, when traveling by bus to Besisahar, to stave off our hunger until next stop.

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#4 Thukpa

A spicy soup with a rich taste which warms you up on your travels through Nepal.

Originally from Tibet, but expanded to neighboring countries through time, this is primarily broth mixed with locally grown veggies and noodles and widely varies throughout regions.

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#5 Aloo Gobi

Simple vegan curry dish consists of potatoes and cauliflower as main ingredients. A handful of tomatoes is added later to make this somewhat dry dish easier to cook.

Seasoned with turmeric powder, which gives this meal a typical yellow color, garam masala, and fresh herbs.

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WHERE TO STAY IN KATHMANDU

Nepal is still a developing country, and services, for example, accommodation to be specific, is quite cheap. In Nepal, you can afford to sleep in a nice place for a bargain price.

To make your hotel reservation in Nepal before your arrival, click on the links below.

Budget | Kathmandu Mantra Home - Nice, spacious, and air-conditioned rooms, excellent location in a safe area. Overall - great bang for the buck.

Mid-range | Oasis Kathmandu Hotel - Spotless modern rooms, quiet location so you will get a good sleep at night, and walking distance from Thamel.

Luxury | Baber Mahal Vilas - A beautiful boutique hotel set in a lovely quiet place where you will find exceptional service, thematic rooms, and warm-hearted staff.


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