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Famous Foods of Nepal

Nepal is a diverse country with multi-ethnic and multi-cultural communities. Each ethnic tribes have their own distinct traditions, culture, language and of course food habits. Still many others have their unique taste because of  the locally produced spices and ingredients. Nepalese food possesses the most delicious and unique style of taste. Famous Foods of Nepal is not only rich in its taste but reflects the wide variety of culture and traditions.

One of the reasons behind diversity of food in Nepal is its geographical condition. Famous foods of Nepal are not only rich in taste but they also possess higher nutritional value. Nepali People use more of herbs and spices over oil and fat.  Commonly Nepali people use spices like garlic, red chillies, cumin, fenugreek,  ginger, turmeric and coriander. Mustard oil is used to prepare most of the famous foods of Nepal.


Mo Mo

Momo is a type of dumpling which is made from dough usually filled with minced meat either of buffalo, chicken and pork-and ssometimes also with vegetables. It is usually steamed or fried found in almost every restaurant, hotel and motel of Nepal. People eat Momo mainly as an appetizer. This dish is very popular in almost every corner of Nepal. It is served with spicy chatni and is served hot. Momo is a must-try food item of Nepalese cuisine once you are here.



Chatamari is a Newari food item which is also a type of an appetizer. It resembles pizza. Chatamari  is prepared fromrice flour by making flat bread cooked over heat. It has toppings such as minced meat, eggs, some vegetables like tomato, onions, green chilly, etc.

Aloo Tama

Aloo Tama

Aloo Tama is a type of unique curry very famous in Nepalese dish which is a must-try. Tama means the “Bamboo Shoots” and Aloo means “Potato” and. It possesses the unique type of sour taste due to different ingredients. Adding of beans and buff meat gives the extra taste to it. This curry is very famous especially in Newari culture and you can taste the best Aloo Tama in Newari restaurants.

Dal Bhat Tarkari/Masu

Dal Bhat Tarkari Famous Foods In Nepal

All the Nepalese throughout the country eat Daal Bhat Tarkari as a daily meal. Daal is a soup that consists of lentils and spices. People eat it with the boiled grains called Bhat. Tarkari is curry-a mash up of different vegetables along with with spices and curry powder. It is the main staple diet of most Nepali people and people eat it two times a day.

Dheedo Famous Foods of Nepal


Dheedo is a sugar-free dish. Either wheat or maize is the main ingredient. The food is high on nutrition level and satisfies the taste buds as well. It is tasty with Gundrook soup. Dheedo is very healthy especially for diabetic people. Dheedo is also the national food of Nepal. You can find it in typical Nepalese cuisine restaurants and the local homes of the villages.

Sel Roti

Sel Roti

Selroti is the ancient dish of hilly region. Hilly people cook it especially in Tihar- the festival of lights. Sel Roti is prepared out of semi liquid rice flour to which spices like cardamom and cinnamon and butter, cream, banana and sugar is added. A ring of semi liquid rice flour mixture is added to the oil that is under high temperature. Sel Roti is ready when both sides get its golden brown color.



Kheer or rice pudding is a sweet dish. In Kheer, we add rice, dried fruits, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder to the boiling milk and leave it on the neat for about an hour. It is the customary practise since ancient times to eat Kheer on Srawan15.



Yomari is the special dish of Newars. It is prepared by filling the dumpling of rice flour which is shaped in the form of fig with mixture of molasses and sesame seeds. Although yamori was traditionally available especially in Yamori Punhi (the full moon night of Poush month of Nepali calendar), these days, you can find yamori in all Newari hotels in Kathmandu. It is the Newari sweet dish that is best when you eat it hot. In Potasi (special pt), Newari people steam Yomari. Lentil paste or milk solids called Khuwa substitute the molasses.



Samyebaji is the traditional newari recipe. Generation to generation love this dish. It is the major dish during religious occasions while people also prepare in ordinary days due to its simplicity. Samyebaji consists of beaten rice, black soyabean, smoked meat, boiled and marinated potato, roasted meat, boiled and spicy beans, boiled egg, lentil pancake, garlic, ginger, pickle, green vegetables and aila (Newari homemade rice liquor).

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