8 Must Try Nepali Foods

1. Momo

Momo comes in several varieties. Momo is a dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. There are chicken, lamb, pork, and Buff momo which is minced buffalo meat. Buff momo is the most popular momo in Nepal and can found at most restaurants. Momo is prepared either steamed or fried and served with a  spicy chatni.

2. Aalu Tama

Aalu Tama is a traditional dish from the hilly region. Aalu (potatoes) blended with Tama (bamboo shoots). Depending on who is making this dish it could be served with black eyed beans and/or yogurt. 

3. Dal Bhat Tarkari

Dal Bhat Tarkari is one of the most popular foods in Nepal. This dish is made with steamed or boiled bhat (rice) and is served with dahl (lentils) and tarkari (curry). Achar (pickle) and yogurt can also be included. 

4. Gundruk Dhido

Gundruk Dhido is a sugar-free corn porridge served with dried and fermented vegetables. At hotels, you can order this dish with Ledo masu, a gravy made with chicken, goat, or pork and spices. 

5. Sel Roti

Sel Roti is an ancient dish cooked especially during Tihar (the festival of lights). See Roti is made from semi-liquid rice flour with spices (cardamom and cinnamon), butter, cream, banana, and sugar. A ring of semi-liquid rice flour mixture is added to oil and fried until golden. 

6. Chatamari

Chatamari is the Nepali version of pizza. A pancake made from rice flour and eaten plain or with eggs, meat, or vegetables. Chatamari is made for festive occasions like Dewali or Degudeopuja. 

7. Yomari

Yomari or Yamari is a Newar dish and is prepared by filling a dumpling with rice flour and then shaped into the form of a fig with a mixture of molasses and sesame seeds. The dumplings are steamed in a pot called pots and served hot. Yomari is traditionally prepared in Yamori Punhi (the full moon night of Poush month of the Nepali calendar) but can be found in all Newari hotels in Kathmandu. 

8. Masu Ledo

Masu Ledo is spicy meat in gravy served with rice.