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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


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

Rice & Rotis

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


- Paneer Bhutuwa
- Mixed Vegetable Tarkari
- Bitter Melon Tarkari
- Cauliflower & Potato
- Vegetable Thukpa
- Eggplant Bhutuwa
- Masaura & Potato Tarkari
- Mustard Green Bhutuwa
- Asparagus Bhutuwa
- Cheese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Beans & Bamboo Shoots Tarkari
- Chickpea Tarkari
- Pumpkin Vine Tips Tarkari


- Sekuwa Momo
- Nepali Vegetable Momo
- Tibetan Momo
- Sherpa Momo Achar
- Classic Momo Achar
- Classic Nepali Momo
- Kathmandu Delight Momo
- Nepali Shrimp Momo
- Masala Momo
- Chicken Momo
- Paneer Momo
- Classic Sherpa Momo
- Sweet Momo Achar
- Gorkhali Sweet Momo
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October 21, 2016, 2:59 AM