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Creative Nepali Recipes

The Nepali cuisine, also known as the cuisine of the Himalayas, bears its uniqueness by incorporating the two great culinary traditions of the region, Indian and Tibetan, into a mainstream culinary culture of its own, which reflects the geographic and demographic diversity of the Himalayas. Nepal, a tiny country by any geographic measurements, stretches from the lowlands of the sub-tropical Terai plains in the south to the highlands of the Himalayas, as dominated by the majestic reign of Mt. Everest, in the north.  Hence, Nepal has resurrected its own unique cultural identity into a harmonious culture, combining different traditions of different indigenous cultures rooting on all corners of the country.

The Nepali staple consists primarily of rice, wheat, corn, lentils coupled with fresh vegetables and meats. A typical Nepali every-day meal can be characterized by Dal (lentil soups), Bhat (steamed rice) and Tarkari (vegetable preparations), also known as "The Trinity", supplemented by some meat preparations. Typical Himalayan dishes include Dals (lentils preparations), Tarkaris (curried vegetables or meats), Bhutuwas (stir-fried meats or vegetables), Sekuwas (grilled meats or vegetables), Choylas (grilled meats marinated in seasoned musturd oil), rotis (bread preparations), MOMO's (stuffed dumplings), Thukpas and Chow-Chows (Himalayan stewed and stir-fried noodles), Sukutis (smoked barbeques), Quantees (meat or vegetable stews with sprouted beans), Achars (chutney preparations), Chiya (spiced or regular tea), and many others. Many Nepali dishes are derived from the great culinary tradition of the indigenous Newari culture, native to the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepali cooking involves basic culinary techniques, such as currying (stewing), stir-frying ("Bhuteko"), grilling ("Sekeko" or "Poleko"),  smoking ("Sukaeko"), deep-frying ("Tareko"), braising ("Usineko"), marinating ("Sadheko"), tempering ("Jhaneko"),  and steaming ("Baphaeko").

Nepali food, which is simple and subtle in flavor, is prepared by using unique blend of common ingredients and spices. Commonly used flavoring ingredients are garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, nutmeg, bay leaves, black pepper, chilies, onions, cilantro, and scallions. Also, distinct Himalayan flavors are derived from the use of such unique spices asTimur (Szechwan pepper, commonly used in marinades and achars) and Jimbu (Himalayan herb, used fresh or dry), found only in the Himalayas.  In addition, most dishes are flavored with mustard oil, clarified butter (ghee), and sometimes Yak butter. Because of harsh conditions prevailing in the highlands of the Himalayas, foods are preserved by dehydrating or fermenting staple ingredients during their growing season. Examples include Sukuti (dehydrated meat) and Gundruk (fermented vegetables). A typical full-course Nepali meal would include an appetizer, a vegetable or lentil soup, two or more vegetable and meat preparations, and an achar or chutney, served with roti (flat wheat bread), steamed rice or rice pilaf, supplemented with a local beverage, such as yogurt drink (lassi), beer or liquor, and followed by a dessert and tea.

Author: Dr. Tulsi Regmi, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada

Creative Nepali Recipes


- Chili Achar
- Cucumber Achar
- Garlic Chili Achar
- Ginger Chili Achar
- Gundruk Sadheko
- Himalayan Chutney
- Mango Chutney
- Momo Achar
- Potato Achar
- Radish Achar
- Spiced Gundruk
- Tomato Achar
- Tomato Shrimp Achar


- Bandel Bhutuwa
- Chicken Chilli Rolls
- Chicken Phuraula
- Chicken Satay
- Chili Papad
- Kathmandu Spring Rolls
- Lamb Kothey
- Lamb Tareko
- Nepali Chicken Wings
- Potato Chop
- Samosa
- Stuffed Chatamari
- Stuffed Phuraula
- Wild Boar Choyla


- Himalayan Salty Butter Tea
- Lassi
- Mango Lassi
- Nepali Chiya
- Nepali Specied Chiya
- Papaya Lassi


- Anarasa
- Arsa
- Carrot Barfi
- Cheese Barfi
- Dudhbari
- Khir
- Khuwa Barfi
- Nepali Chiya
- Nepali Mango Ice Cream
- Nepali Pistachio Ice Cream
- Rasbari
- Selroti
- Sikarni


- Chicken Sekuwa Marinade
- Lamb Sekuwa Marinade
- Nepali Chicken Masala
- Nepali Garam Masala
- Nepali Meat Masala
- Nepali Seafood Masala
- Nepali Vegetable Masala
- Seafood Sekuwa Marinade
- Sukuti Marinade


- Gorkhali Lamb Chili
- Gorkhali Lamb Cutlets
- Keema Bhutuwa
- Keema Sekuwa
- Lamb Bhutuwa
- Lamb Cauliflower Tarkari
- Lamb Chili Bhutuwa
- Lamb Chili Meatballs
- Lamb Chili Sekuwa
- Lamb Choyla
- Lamb Daikon Tarkari
- Lamb Pakuwa
- Lamb Poleko
- Lamb Pumpkin Tarkari
- Lamb Saag Tarkari
- Lamb Sekuwa
- Lamb Spinach Tarkari
- Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Lamb Sukuti
- Lamb Sukuti Chili
- Lamb Tarkari
- Lamb Thukpa
- Lamb Tomato Tarkari


- Chicken Momo
- Classic Momo Achar
- Classic Nepali Momo
- Classic Sherpa Momo
- Gorkhali Sweet Momo
- Kathmandu Delight Momo
- Masala Momo
- Nepali Shrimp Momo
- Nepali Vegetable Momo
- Paneer Momo
- Sekuwa Momo
- Sherpa Momo Achar
- Sweet Momo Achar
- Tibetan Momo


- Chicken Bhutuwa
- Chicken Chow Chow
- Chicken Eggplant Bhutuwa
- Chicken Momo
- Chicken Poleko
- Chicken Sekuwa
- Chicken Sukuti
- Chicken Sukuti Chili
- Chicken Tareko
- Chicken Tarkari
- Chicken Tomato Tarkari
- Chicken Zucchini Bhutuwa
- Duck Poleko
- Duck Sukuti
- Duck Tareko
- Duck Tarkari
- Gorkhali Chicken Chili
- Gorkhali Chicken Chop
- Himalayan Sekuwa
- Jwanu Chicken Tarkari
- Mango Chicken Tarkari
- Mushroom Chicken Tarkari
- Royal Chicken Tarkari

Rice & Rotis

- Gorkhali Naan
- Gorkhali Stuffed Naan
- Himalayan Rice Pilaf
- Nepali Steamed Rice
- Rice Bhuteko
- Roti
- Stuffed Roti


- Fish Chilli Bhutuwa
- Fish Poleko
- Fish Sekuwa
- Fish Sukuti
- Fish Tareko
- Fish Tarkari
- Gorkhali Shrimp Chili
- Himalayan Mango Shrimp
- Himalayan Sesame Shrimp
- Lapsi Shrimp Tarkari
- Shrimp Bhutuwa
- Shrimp Choyla
- Shrimp Sekuwa


- Chickpea Suruwa
- Gundruk Suruwa
- Lamb Barley Soup
- Lamb Quantee
- Nepali Dal
- Spinach & Lentil Suruwa
- Vegeterian Quantee


- Asparagus Bhutuwa
- Beans & Bamboo Shoots Tarkari
- Bitter Melon Tarkari
- Cauliflower & Potato
- Cheese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Chickpea Tarkari
- Eggplant Bhutuwa
- Masaura & Potato Tarkari
- Mixed Vegetable Tarkari
- Mustard Green Bhutuwa
- Paneer Bhutuwa
- Pumpkin Vine Tips Tarkari
- Vegetable Thukpa
Nepal Standard Time
May 6, 2016, 8:35 PM