Eating and drinking Nepali

Amos, this one is for you.

Love the food here. Great for vegetarians. Again, the influence of both India and Tibet but independently Nepali. Nepalis have a very light breakfast: a cup of tea perhaps and maybe a piece of fruit or something very small to go with it. Loads of types of tea. The classic is Masala milk tea. I don’t like it much. Also lots of plain back tea (usually sweetened) (Drinking some now as I write, of course). Also, jasmine tea, mint tea and lots more. I love hot lemon with honey… basic and good. Around 10:30 or 11, the Nepalis break for brunch, which is Dal Bhat, litereally a plate of lentil soup and rice, but can be so much more, with added curries and vegetables and chutneys and maybe meat and even yogurt. Then, early afternoon, time for a snack. This “roti” could be a bit of anything but that’s when I have my small cup of bean soup with a piping hot chapti or two. A unique Nepali snack is momos: vegetable or meat dumpings, steamed or fried with a spicey dipping sauce. Dinner is…. Dal Bhat again…. and while this sounds boringly repetetive, dal bhat does have a lot of variation to it. Pretty healthy way to live. And for me, tasty too. Indian options are lots of curries and tandoori, while Tibet has its own cuisine with heavy breads and soups such as Thukpa. Then to add a bit of interest, many ethnic groups in Nepal have their own cuisines. Newaris have some widely eaten dishes. The only one I have taseted is the “pizza” called chatamari.

Dal Bhatt, fancy version as brought to the table

Dal Bhatt, fancy version: lentila soup, veggie curry, garlic spinach

Dal Bhat fancy version mixxing it up
Dal Bhat fancy version mixxing it up with yogurt

"Roti" bean soup with chapati from the dive next to the birth center

“Roti” bean soup with chapati from the dive next to the birth center. Note puffy chapti hot off the fire.

Tibetan vegetable thupka
Tibetan vegetable thupka. Note chilis!

Newari chatamari ("pizza") made of rice flower
Newari chatamari (“pizza”) made of rice flower

Indian vegetable Biryani

Indian Vegetable Biryani

vegetable momos, also bought next to the birth center

vegetable momos, also bought next to the birth center

Indian sweets (half eaten) served on a takeaway plate made of leaves

Indian sweets (half eaten) served on a takeaway plate made of leaves

Mint tea... just mint leaves and water

Mint tea… just mint leaves and water

rakshi: millet vodka!

rakshi: millet vodka!

Toomba, millet beer

Toomba, millet beer

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