Tharu are the ethnic indigenous communities from southern foothills and inner terai of Nepal. They have rich and diverse food culture. Food is characterized by the fertile flooded plains they live in, such as rice (anadi- a sticky rice variety is a delicacy), fishes, crabs, snails, mussels, mouse from paddy fields etc. Other food items include: pig, wild boar, chicken, wild rabbit, pigeon meat; taro, yam and wild root vegetables; legumes- kaalo maas, masyang; wild mushrooms etc… Cuisine of Tharu communities varies according to the regions they live, which makes it more rich and diverse.
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Photos by: Khashing Chadra Rai/Prashata Khanal (Pictures were taken during the Maghi festival in Kathmandu on Jan 15)