everyday Nepali food is very healthy, nourishing , practical and surprisingly
tasty. However, during many festivals foods can contain an elaborate
assortment gourmet delights. The typical daily food for most people
consist of "Dal Bhat" which consists rice (Bhat), lentil soup
(dal) and vegetables in curry (Tarkari) and/or meat (Masu) and a small
amount of pickle /sauce (Achar).
Main Meal: In most part of country, especially rice-growing
areas, Dal Bhat is eaten twice a day. Generally, the first meal of the
day is eaten from about 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and the second shortly after
sunset around 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. During weekends (Saturday), the first
meal is obviously eaten little bit late.
Snacking: Snack such as bread, chuira (beaten rice), roti (flat bread), curried
vegetables, milked tea and other snacks are also generally eaten in
between the two big meals.
Diversity: Nepal’s food is as diverse as the country itself. Many ethnic
groups have their own specialties which might or might not be widely
eaten. Some examples are Chatamari, Daar, Phapar Ko roti (Bukwheat Bread),
Salted Tea etc.
Eating Method & Culture
More or less all Nepalese eat with their right hand, though urban eateries
and some young urban youth have already embraced silverware. Food may
be served in a metal plate divided into separate compartments called
"Thal" or simple plate. Nepali food is eaten in a typical
way. For example: Dal Bhat is eaten in following way. At first, Dal
is poured over the rice if the Dal came in a separate bowl. They are
separated in chunks with your fingers. Then a bit of Tarkari and/or
Achar is added for each chunks. Everything is eaten together in a chunk
with the right hand.