Posts in category Ethnic Cuisine

Bhakka- Eastern Tharu Delicacy

Steaming bhakka
Bhakka, simple fluffy rice flour steamed cake, is a traditional delicacy of Tharu community living in eastern plains of Nepal especially of Rajbansi community. It is typically eaten as breakfast or as a snack with freshly prepared tomato pickle. Although it looks very simple, the process of making it amazingly soft and fluffy is very creative [...]

Best Thakali Restaurants in Kathmandu

Thakali Khana at Thakali Bhanchha Ghar
In recent years, Thakali Khana is becoming popular in Kathmandu, and many Thakali restaurants are mushrooming in the city. If you are wondering where to go, here is the list of best restaurants serving delicious authentic Thakali taste. One easy way to find whether the Thakali Khana they serve is authentic or not is by checking the daal, whic [...]

Making Baji or Chiura (Beaten Rice) i...

Making baji or chiura (beaten rice) in traditional way
Baji (in Newari) or Chiura (in Nepali) or Beaten Rice holds special place in Newari food culture. It is not just eaten but also offered to gods. One can’t think of any Newari festivals and celebrations without Baji. Traditionally, it is prepared by steaming newly harvested rice grains, then roasting and beating using large wooden made tools l [...]

Pork Sekuwa, Sargemba, Aalu Nimki… Fo...

vegetable market
Dharan, one of the largest cities of Nepal, resides on the foothills in eastern Nepal. As the city lies just at transitional zone between the northern hilly districts and the southern plains, it is also somewhat a melting pot of cultural diversity of cuisines. Rai and Limbu from the nearby hilly districts are one of the major ethnicities now [...]

Know more about Rich Thakali Cuisines...

Kanchemba, a Thakali snack, is buckwheat fries fried in butter/ghee, and served with garlic-chilli sauce.
Happy Toran La! Toran La, the biggest festival of Thakali community, is celebrated at the same time of Fagu Purnima or Holi, and falls on first month of New Year of the Thakali calendar. The significance of the festival is worshipping or paying homage to ancestors or forefathers, and celebrated by families by getting together, merry-making wi [...]

Ghinti-Dhopra Daal: Thakali Cuisine

ghinti dhopra soup
Probably all of us know and love Thakali Khana (Daal Bhat Tarkari), but many of us are unaware about other Thakali cuisines and delicacies. Buckwheat, wheat, millet, barley, varieties of beans, seasonal green vegetables, potatoes, meat, milk-based products as well as rice, maize, lentils were the key traditional food items grown and consumed [...]

Fried Tarul (Yam) with Spices- Delica...

fried yam
Maghe Sakranti is one of the biggest festivals of Magar communities. Growing up in the community, I remember having Batuk roti and boiled then fried Tarul (yam) with spices when kid. These are the popular ethnic delicacies of Magar communities eaten during the festival. It is very easy to make, and a little different way of eating Tarul than [...]

Maghe Sakranti: Ghee, Chaku, Ginger a...

tarul ghee chaku
Maghe Sakranti or Makar Sakranti is the first day of the month Magh of Bikram Sambat Calendar. In Tharu and Maithali communities, the day is known as Maghi and celebrated as New Year. In Newar communities, it is known as Ghya Chaku Sanhlu named after the foods eaten during the day ghee and hardened molasses. Every communities and ethnic group [...]

Eat in Boudha II- Tibetan and Sherpa ...

Shyaphale
There is another reason to visit Boudha beside Sherpa and Tibetan foods. Boudha Stupa destroyed during 2015 earthquake has been fully restored now, and it looks better than ever. In the earlier article, Eat in Boudha- Tibetan and Sherpa Cuisine, I have listed some of the Sherpa and Tibetan foods and places to eat that you shouldn’t miss [...]

Stir-fried Pork and Mustard Greens (R...

stir-fried pork with rayo ko saag
The dish is inspired from a comfort food of many Nepali pork eating communities, especially Rai and Limbu, prepared by cooking fatty pork with mustard greens (Rayo ko Saag in Nepali), and use of ‘Kinema’ (traditional ethnic food of Rai and Limbu prepared by fermenting soybean) for flavoring, as in Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines where fe [...]
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