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The most distinctive characteristic of Nepali cuisine is its spiciness. Chilies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Nepali people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.


Rice forms the main body of most Nepalese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Mutton, chicken and fish are the meats that are eaten most often. Vegetables commonly eaten include spinach, pumpkins, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, onions and green beans. Grains such as rice, buckwheat and barley are also cultivated in various regions of the country depending on the local climate. 

Daal Bhat:

This is the National Dish of Nepal. A spicy mix of chilies and the seasonal vegetables as curry, called as Tarkari (vegetable). With rice, this dish is a staple of nearly every meal and can be found throughout the country. Variations on Tarkari include adding green beans, ferns, potatoes, mushrooms.

Gundruk: It is almost like fermented spinach soup. Very much popular in the rural areas of Nepal. It is cooked out of fermented spinach and its vibrant aroma is much liked. It also acts as an appetizer.

Lintel (Dal): This is eaten with the rice and curry. In Nepali it is known as DAAL. There are varieties of daal and prepared with oil or butter, onion, ginger etc.

Dhendo: This is considered to be the most energetic food taken instead of rice. It is mostly taken with gravy meat or vegetable curry. Very popular among the people of the rural areas who does hard work. Now a days, it has become an attractive item in the menu of many luxurious hotels and restaurants of the town also. It is made out of buck wheat, millet or flour.

Newari cuisine: This is very popular among Newaries community. Mostly the dishes are non vegetarian and soya beans are mostly cooked in varieties. There are many traditional Newari food serving restaurants also in the town.

Momos: These Tibetan-style dumplings are stuffed with chicken, buff or cabbages and cheese. It is traditional food of Tibetans and usually eaten during special occasions, day snacks, these tasty treats are available in many local restaurants of Pokhara.

Other foods: Pokhara is also the place where varieties of cuisines are made available in many restaurants and hotels of Pokhara. From local dishes to Chinese, Continental, and Indian are available in most of the restaurants of Pokhara. Most of the restaurants display their menu as Special of the Day. It’s always your choice