Food and Cuisines

Although Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style, there are plenty of distinct dishes found across the country. Food habits differ depending on the region and local influences, most notably Indian and Tibetan influences in the south and north. Typically, across Nepal, people eat with their right hand instead of using cutlery.

Authentically Nepali flavours are found in Newari and Thakai cuisines, in the hills region of Nepal.

The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalese. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make regular meals in some homes.