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Most Popular Local Foods in Nepal

Most Popular Local Foods in Nepal

If you want to learn about the most popular local foods in Nepal, then you have come to the right place.

One of the top attractions of Nepal is its delicious cuisine, which represents the vastly diversified ethnic group, cultures, and traditions in the country.

Influenced by the diverse culture and traditions, the food palate of the country is simply exquisite.

From the main dishes to snacks, desserts, drinks and fruits, the exploration is just limitless.

The diverse food range of this beautiful cultural and traditional country makes it a haven for food enthusiasts.

Let’s check out some of the most popular local food in Nepal that you should definitely try during your visit.

Most Popular Local Foods in Nepal

Meals and Snacks

Dal Bhat

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

When starting the most popular local food in Nepal- list, it would be an offense not to start with the most popular dish in the entire country and also a national dish.

This is the traditional household dish daal bhaat tarkari (steamed rice, lentils soup and vegetables) is served with side dishes like pickles, curd, salads, and several meat options.

This national dish is available throughout the country and has nutritious values like carbohydrates, protein and fiber for a balanced diet to keep the energy level optimum throughout the day.

Dal Bhat Nepal for kids

Kwati

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Kwati is a traditional and nourishing dish in Nepal that is prepared with a mixture of nine different types of sprouted beans found in the country.

In the Newari language, ‘Kwa’ can be translated as ‘hot,’ and ‘Ti’ stands for ‘soup’, so this ‘Kwati’ dish represents the hot soup.

It consists of grain ingredients like soya beans (bhatmas), red kidney beans (rajma), black-eyed peas (bodi), field peas (kerau), mung bean (mung), chickpeas (chana), fava beans (bakulla) black gram beans (mas) and white beans.

This dish is specially prepared during the Hindu festival known as ‘Gun Punhi’ in the Newari culture or ‘Janai Purnima’ on the full moon day of Gunla.

Maseura

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Maseura/Masyura is a sun-dried vegetable ball or Nepali soya chunk that is quite popular in Nepal.

Except the soya chunks maseura that come packed, the homemade masuera that are dried in the sun are quite remarkable; they are prepared with several ingredients like black lentils, pidalu, potato, brown beans, kuvindo, alungo, etc.

Thus, depending on what’s it is made of, the taste of maseura significantly varies.

Maseura are usually cooked with other vegetables, served independently as curry, or just fried to dip in the sauce as an easy and healthy crunchy snack.

Gundruk

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Gundruk is another popular traditional local food in Nepal (even considered a national food) that fills the slot of pickle dishes in Nepali meals.

Prepared from fermented green leaf vegetables, usually mustard, cauliflower, and radish leaves, it is usually mixed with the traditional spices in Nepal, like green chilies, garlic, ginger, mustard oil, and tomato.

When it’s not on the side dish as a spice item, Gundruk is also prepared as a soup dish with fried soya beans (bhatmas) that gives a crunchy spark to this tasty traditional dish.

Dhedo

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

If you are on a trip to Nepal, you can’t simply miss this cultural dish which is popular as the second national dish after ‘Daal Bhaat Tarkari.’

Prepared from different types of flour like millet, wheat, maize, or buckwheat, it is a healthy local delicacy that is served with meat, vegetables, and pickles.

Pani Roti

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Pani Roti is another popular local food in Nepal which is also known as ‘one-pot-dish’ as it can be served as a full course meal to the entire family.

Prepared with healthy nutrients like wheat flour (or atta), taro, pumpkin shoots, potatoes, chayote, radish, green pumpkin, capsicum, and ginger mixed well with the traditional spices, it is a completely nourishing weeknight dish.

MoMo

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Although you will find its Tibetan variant, which is also known as ‘Dumpling,’ MoMo is an entirely different cuisine that offers a savoring taste of Nepali spices and herbs.

Especially its sauce (spice or soup option) makes the dish really exquisite, and the interesting thing about this popular local food in Nepal is the taste of MoMos, and its sauce is not universal.

You will be able to enjoy the variation of this amazing delicacy depending upon the region and eatery facilities.

ChowMein

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

If you love spaghetti, you definitely got to try this; this popular local food in Nepal is served in almost every restaurant and is a popular street food dish in the country.

It is prepared by stir-frying the chow mein noodles with vegetables and meat ingredients.

Due to its inexpensiveness and instantaneous feature, this is the second most popular lunch dish in Nepal after MoMo.

Thukpa

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Thukpa is another popular noodle dish in Nepal that is influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its nutritious value and exquisite taste; it is one of the most loved and popular local food in Nepal.

Prepared with ingredients like homemade noodles, green vegetables, and traditional spices, this dish is especially popular during the winter season due to the warmth it provides and can be enjoyed in several meat options as well as vegetarian options.

Samay Baji ( Newari Khaja Set)

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

During your stay in Kathmandu, the ethnic food of the Newari culture, ‘Samay Baji’ is something you don’t want to miss during your food-tasting expedition.

This traditional tasty Newari delicacy comprises dishes like baji (pounded rice), chhoyela (marinated smoked meat), bara (lentil patty), soya beans, eggs, chhyang (alcohol made from rice), pickles, spinach, boiled and fried potato, bamboo shoot soup, etc.

Shaya Bhale

Shaya Bhale, also known as the ‘meat bread,’ is a very popular local food in Nepal, it is a street food star, and you can find it in almost every restaurant.

Influenced by Tibetan culture, this tasty delicacy represents the bigger-sized MoMo with several meat options for stuffing.

This deep-fried bread with meat stuffing inside tastes really out of the world with the perfect sauce (achar) made with traditional spices.

Sel Roti

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

You could call this dish a mixture of donuts and bagels with the traditional Nepal taste.

Sel Roti is a festive item prepared for special occasions.

It is prepared in Nepali households during any special ritual occasion and during the major Hindu festival ‘Tihar.’

Prepared with rice flour, this traditional dish is deep-fried in mustard oil for a crispy and crunchy crust.

The sweet taste of this rice dish goes really well with vegetable dishes and sauce (achar); however, many people prefer to take this sweet treat as breakfast with warm tea.

Anarasa

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Ansarasa is another sweet treat and popular local food in Nepal that is made from soaked rice flour, ghee, nuts (almond, cashew), sugar, and white sesame seed.

Specially prepared for festivals like Tihar and Jatra, this is a ‘mithai’ item (sweet) that is also available in sweet shops across the country.

This festive sweet dish is deep-fired in oil until it turns golden brown and is super crunchy and is best a quick snack or breakfast item that goes well with tea.

Kasaar

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Kasaar is a special sweet item that is prepared during wedding ceremonies in Nepal; it is one of the most integral parts of the ceremony, and a whole day is dedicated to the preparation of this traditional dish.

Prepared using rice flour, brown sugar, ghee, and milk, including other traditional herbs in the country, if you get the chance to taste this rare delicacy, don’t miss the opportunity.

Jhilaye

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Jhilaye is a special food from Nepal that people really like, especially during festivals.

It’s very crunchy and loved by people of different ages and backgrounds, like Gurungs, Newars, Magars, and Brahmins.

People in Nepal’s villages and towns still really like Jhilaye.

People enjoy it during festivals, weddings, and important events.

It’s also connected to traditions and is a way of showing kindness.

People have been giving Jhilaye as a gift for a long time, and it’s something that’s really valuable to their culture.

Kheer

Catering to all vegetarian  food eaters.

Kheer (Rice Pudding) is one of the most popular local foods in Nepal; it is prepared during special celebrations and festivals.

This sweet dish is prepared by boiling rice in milk and adding ingredients like raisin, ghee, cashew, cardamom, cloves, coconut, and sugar.

As this sweet and warm delicacy helps to fight the cold, it is popular among the locals as a dish to counter the cold weather in winter.

It is also considered an auspicious dish in the Hindu religion, and you will find it being served at almost every festival.

Dai Chiura

Catering to all vegetarian  food eaters.

Dai Chuura, a literal translation into curd and beat rice, is a famous lunch dish in Nepal.

Although Dai Chiura is the main dish it is usually served with side dishes like vegetables, pickles, fruit, and meat items.

There is also a special day dedicated to enjoying this tasty treat in the Nepali culture; it is served as lunch during the harvest season, precisely on Ashadh 15 (June 29), as a gesture of a successful harvest season.

Khircho

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Khircho is one of the most popular local foods in Nepal, made from rice and lentils with various spices.

Khircho is a highly popular dish across Nepal, especially in the middle hill range areas like Dhading, Gorkha, and Lamjung.

In addition to rice and lentils, Khircho can also include vegetables such as cauliflower and beans.

Mostly, babies start with Khircho as their first solid food.

Fulaura

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Fularua is another traditional dish in Nepal that is prepared during special occasions and festivals like Maghe Sankranti.

Prepared with the main ingredient of black lentils, including spices like ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder, etc., it is deep-fried in the traditional mustard oil that gives it a golden brown finesse.

As it is prepared using black lentils, it is a nourishing dish that even helps to cope with the cold.

Yomari

Catering to all vegetarian food eaters.

If you have traveled to Nepal, you might have heard about this popular local cuisine that is famous among the tourist.

This traditional Newari dish is a sweet delicacy and very popular local food in Nepal.

Prepared in a larger dumping shape with point ends, this dish has an outer rice flour coating and a sweet treat hidden in the core (chaku or khuwa).

The right way to eat this exquisite delicacy is by biting the lower end with a thinner point part, and as you move along the center, the mixed sweetness flavor just creates a surgery explosion in your mouth.

Bara

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Commonly known as ‘Wo,’ this is a popular Newari snack and lunch dish and is also a good luck charm during festivals, weddings, and birthday celebrations.

It is in pancake shape and packs several nutritious values as it is prepared from black and yellow lentils, ginger, garlic, and turmeric powder.

Among other deep-fried cuisines in the other, this lunch dish is prepared with less amount of oil, making it a perfectly healthy and nourishing food source; even if you get bored with the simple bara dish, you can enjoy the egg and meat variants as per your taste.

Choila

Tired of sweet-savory dishes and wanna explore the spicy palate the country has to offer?

Choila, the traditional Newar lunch and festive dish, is typically prepared using smoked buff meat and mixed well with several spices to give that tasty- flavourful peppery taste.

Typically it is served in the Samay Baji as a side dish alongside beaten rice, a boiled potato dish, pickles, and other traditional Newari dishes.

This most popular local food in Nepal can also be used as a main snack dish or side dish in larger meals; just be prepared for the spicy aftertaste that this traditional Newari dish is famous for.

Kachila

This is an interesting traditional Newari dish that is prepared with raw minced buff meat mixed well with flavourful herbs and spices.

Although you might be hesitant to try this raw minced meat dish, it is one of the most popular local food in Nepal that is on par with Choila.

Although many modern restaurants have started blanching the meat before preparing the dish, if you want to have the authentic taste of this dish made in the traditional way, you could try the local eatery facilities in Kathmandu Valley.

Sekuwa

This is another prominent traditional meat dish in Nepal that is prepared by roasting the meat on a wood fire or charcoal.

It is one of the most trendy and popular local food in Nepal, which also happens to be a star menu with street food vendors.

Sekuwa is prepared by roasting the well-marinated meat piece (mostly buff chicken, pork, and mutton) on grills garnished with flavourful species and herbs.

This delicious meat dish is served with onions, lemons, sauce (pudina chutney) or in salad and as a side dish for rice.

Ghungi

Ghungi is a popular dish that originated from the indigenous Tharu community of Nepal; this Nepali food which is kind of like seafood, is a popular delicacy in the southern part of Terai.

This traditional Tharu dish is quite similar to the French dish known as ‘Escargot,’ which is served as a delicacy as well.

Generally prepared by cooking a water snail or apple snail with the local ingredients and spice, you have to suck the snail meat out of the shell to enjoy this savory dish.

Sadheko (Chicken, Mutton, Duck, Nuts, Potato)

Options available for veg and vegetarian food eaters.

Sadheko masu or any other items, which can be translated into ‘marinated items’, is a popular local food in Nepal and is available throughout the country.

Although its typical translation represents the raw state of marinated meat, rest assured, it is actually a well-smoked meat dish that is marinated in spice and herbs later.

Popular as both lunch and snack menus, you can enjoy the various version of Sahdeko masu like chicken, buff, mutton, pork, and duck, whichever suits your palate.

And, of course, there are vegan and vegetarian options available for the sashiko dish as well; you can enjoy the marinated nuts, mushroom, and potato variants mixed well with traditional herbs and spices.

Aaloo Tama

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Aaloo Tama is a popular bamboo shoot delicacy in Nepal that is popular as a soup and curry dish in the country.

It is also a star dish that vegans and vegetarians shouldn’t miss out on during their adventure in the country.

Prepared with bamboo shoots, root ginger, black-eyed beans, and boiled potatoes, this is considered a healthy, nutritious, ferociously hot dish that is a favorite in the Nepali community as a winter dish.

Samosa

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Crunchy crust and savory stuffing can be the actual translation of this popular local food in Nepal.

Especially popular as the lunch dish, this crunchy delightful dish is prepared with maida flour crust and vegetable or meat stuffing inside.

It is deep-fried in mustard oil for an authentic taste and is usually served with sauce (spicy, sweet, and sour).

Biryani

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Biryani is a popular rice dish in the country that is prepared with meat and vegetable items.

Known for its heavy aroma and vibrant color, Biryani is prepared with layers of meat or vegetable, spices, and herbs with the rice at the bottom layer, which absorbs all the juices of the mixed layers giving an exquisite taste.

Tandoori

Tandoori is one of the traditional ways to prepare roasted meat; in this cooking method, the meat is prepared in a traditional oven made out of brick and mud with the help of charcoals and wood logs.

Big chunks of meats are marinated overnight before roasting in tandoor, and several spices and herbs are used to enhance the taste.

The crispiness and tenderness of the meat can be altered depending on the preference, and is usually served with garnishes like lemons, corianders, or salads.

Sidra Macchha

Sidra Machha (Dried anchovies) is a popular local food in Nepal prepared from the local species of fish.

Although anchovies are the most commonly used fish for this dish, there are also a lot more variants and sizes of dried fish to suit everyone’s palate.

This typical dry fish dish is generally served as a pickled dish peppering up the fish, as a fried dish deep frying it, or just a curry and soup variant that is both nutritious and nourishing.

Pani Puri

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

It is pretty common for you to come across the Pani Puri stall while traveling in Nepal; it is a popular Nepali street snack that you can find almost everywhere throughout the country.

The round-shaped crust is prepared using plain flour, deep-fried in the oil, and after breaking on the top, is stuffed with various ingredients like potato, chickpeas, and onions, then dipped into flavourful water (usually mint flavored).

It is a mouthful dish that you have to eat in one bite, and the explosion of the flavors is something extraordinary.

Chatpate

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

After talking about Pani Puri, you can’t simply miss the spicy street food king, Chatpate.

Both Chatpate and Pani Puri are popular local food in Nepal that are kind of literal street food kings as they are available in almost every corner of the country.

Prepared with puffed rice, various ingredients like onions, green peas, boiled potatoes, chilies, and traditional species are used to create this sizzling zesty dish.

Chatamari

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Chatamari is another popular local food in Nepal that is made out of rice flour and is a traditional Newari household dish.

Although it is in the shape of a pizza and is traditionally enjoyed with varieties of toppings, this sweet sugary treat is something more exquisite that you must try at least once.

Generally, this Newari dish is garnished and served with eggs, minced meat, beans, boiled potato spicy dish, etc.

For an authentic taste, you should definitely try this delicacy with other traditional Newari dishes.

Gwaramari

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Gwaramari, which can be translated into ‘round bread,’ is a traditional Newari breakfast dish that is served tea.

Made with flour and baking powder, this dish is deep-fried in mustard oil for a crunchier exterior crust; as both sugar and salt are used to prepare this dish, the blend of both salt and sugar gives a superb elegant treat to your taste bud.

For the authentic taste, you should try this in Kathmandu at local Newari shops; it goes really well with a boiled potato vegetable dish.

And don’t forget to ask for ‘haluwa’ (sweet dessert dish) and spread it on Gwaramari like butter; that is the perfect way to enjoy this breakfast dish.

Deserts

Kurauni aka Khuwa

Catering to all vegetarian  food eaters.

Khuwa or Kurauni is a popular dessert and sweet item in Nepal; this tasty delicacy is prepared by slowly simmering thick milk in a hot iron vessel until all of its moisture evaporates, and all that is left is a sweet tasty solid form of the milk.

It is a star dish among the sweet and dessert menus in the country, and you don’t want to miss tasting this during your food tour in the country.

Laddo

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Laddoo is another love dessert dish and one of the popular local food in Nepal; there are several variants of this dessert delicacy in the country that are prepared from ingredients like condensed milk, flour, melted ghee, sugar, nuts, and traditional species.

You can also choose from several, like Besan Laddo, Coconut Laddo, Murmura Laddo, Motichur Laddo, Peanut Jaggery Laddo, etc, so pick the one that suits your palate.

Jeri

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Jeri is one of the most popular sweet delicacies and a sugary heartwarming treat for people with a sweet tooth.

Prepared with rice flour and baking powder mixed with curd, sugar, ghee, and rose water, this dish is fried in oil before getting dipped in a sugar gravy to enhance the sweetness.

Jeri is quite popular as the breakfast sweet among the natives of the country and tastes really extraordinary when it’s hot and fresh.

Swari

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

There are generally two variants of Swari, crunchy hard and soft fluffy, both of which live up to their reputation as a tasty delight.

Although Swarmi can be eaten as a single dish, they go really with other dishes like Jeri, Khuwa or Kurani, Haluwa, or simply with tasty vegetable dishes.

You should definitely try Swari’s combo with Haluwa, which is also most commonly known as ‘Haluwaswari,’ it’s a famous breakfast dish among the natives.

Rasbari

Catering to all vegetarian  food eaters.

Rasbari is a traditional dessert dish that is typically served with curd; this dish is also known as ‘Rasgulla’ in India.

This milk-based dessert is prepared by adding vinegar or lemon to the simmering milk to form curdled milk, which is then shaped into milk balls, then it is dipped in sugar solution to add extra sweetness to the dish.

Most popular local foods in Nepal

Haluwa

Catering to all vegetarian food eaters.

There are actually several Haluwa dishes in Nepal; among them, both Gajar Haluwa and Suji Haluwa take the top spot.

Prepared by frying suji flour or carrot in ghee, adding milk, almond cashew, raising, and other traditional species, this sweet dish is a famous dessert and festive snack prepared for celebrations.

These dishes also mix well with Swari, and you should try both of these sweet treats if you got a sugary palate.

Lalmohon

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Lalmohon (known as Gulab Jamun in India) is a popular local food in Nepal and the king of dessert dishes.

Usually prepared to celebrate special occasions, this sweet delicacy is made from Khuwa or carnation milk powder mixed with flour, baking powder, ghee, and other traditional spices.

After deep frying these milk duds, they are served with sugar syrup, whereas during the ceremonies, they are served with curd as a dessert dish.

Juju Dhau

Catering to all vegetarian food eaters.

‘Juju Dhau’ can be translated into ‘King of the Curds,’ lives up to its reputation, and if you have traveled to Nepal, you might have been recommended to try this at least once.

Originating from Bhaktapur, this sweet treat is a traditional Newari dish that is used in almost every ritual and celebration.

As it is prepared with the finest quality milk to give extra thickness to curd, this famous dessert item is considered a lavishing dish.

Drinks

Mohi

Catering to all vegetarian food eaters.

Mohi is a famous drink in Nepal that is prepared by churning the curd (dahi); this light and tasty dish is usually served cold and is a very popular drink during the summer.

Traditionally prepared using ‘Madani,’ now in the modern day, it is prepared using mixtures; they are usually served with fruits to refine the texture.

You can request to make the dish sweeter to your taste and add the fruits that you prefer.

Sharbat

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Shartbat, a.k.a Nepali lemonade, is a popular summer drink in the country prepared from freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice with sweet syrup.

For a more refined taste, this drink is usually prepared by adding traditional herbs and spices like mint, ginger, cardamom, and lemongrass, mixing well with the honey syrup.

Jhoi Khatte – Alcoholic

Catering to all vegetarian food eaters.

Jhoi Khatte is a traditional alcoholic drink of Nepal that is prepared using rice grain and hot ghee.

Ideal for the winter to keep the body warm, this drink is quite popular, especially in the Himalayan region, and is usually served with honey.

This drink goes really well with snacks like spicy peanuts, potato pickles, dried meats, and popcorn.

Local Raksi – Alcoholic

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Local raksi (aila) is a traditional Newari dish that is prepared from the distillation of fermented ingredients like rice, millet, and grains.

These grains are stored in a copper and brass pot before they are fermented, which results in a strong taste; this alcoholic beverage is generally mixed with other cocktails or separately with spicy snacks.

Mustang Coffee – Alcoholic

Catering to all vegetarian  food eaters.

Mustang coffee is a unique mixture of drinks consisting of coffee, butter, honey or sugar, and alcohol (raksi).

This warm sweet drink is available both in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions,  and its name has been derived from the Nepali district Mustang, which is a cold upper Himalayan region.

Thus, this drink aims to provide comfort in the cold environment keeping the body warm with a tasty, unique mixture of fine ingredients.

Chyang – Alcoholic

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Chyang ‘Thown’ is another traditional Newari beverage that is served at every festival and special occasion.

This mild-alcoholic beverage has a unique sweet and sour taste and is considered to be an energy that used to traditionally consumed by the farmers doing heavy physical work during lunch.

You could say it is a Newari variant of beer and is prepared with fermented rice and grains.

Tongba – Alcoholic

Catering to all vegetarian and vegan food eaters.

Tonga is a special traditional drink of the Limbu community originating from eastern Nepal; this alcoholic beverage is now available throughout the country.

Tonga is prepared with fermented millet they are mixed with hot water until a thick and milky solution with a pleasant aroma is formed.

In comparison to other drinks, Tonga has a lower alcoholic content, so it is enjoyed mainly during the winter as a soothing and warm drink.

Fruits

Aiselu

Aiselu ‘Rubus Ellipticus’ is also known as the Himalayan raspberry and is usually ripe around springtime.

Although these nature’s sweet treats are delights, it can be challenging to pick them up as you will have to overcome the thorny parts of the bush to pick them up.

Although these are high Himalayan fruits, they are also found in the hilly regions, and during the springtime, you will find local fruit shops selling these vibrant small berries.

Kaafal

Kaafal is another popular berry that grows in the central Himlayas; this red-colored berry is quite tricky to eat; it has a sweet and sour outer crust but quite a hard seed core.

So, unless you have teeth strong enough to crush the seed, you might want to spit out the seed.

Kaafal ripens during the months of May and June, and you can find this tasty fruit among the street food vendors; it tastes best with salt and chilly seasoning.

Katahar

Katahar (Jackfruit), often referred to as the ‘vegetarian chicken, is one of the most popular tree-borne fruit in Nepal.

This delicious fruit delight can be eaten raw as well as by cooking; the fruit variant of Katahar is usually served with watermelon by fruit shops and street vendors during the summer.

As for the cooking Katahar variant, it is prepared in a traditional vegetable cooking method using spices and herbs to enhance the taste; regardless, both variants taste really exquisite.

Amala

Amala (Phyllanthus Emblica) is also known as the ‘wild berry’ in Nepal that is found in the subtropical regions of the country.

This bitter-sour translucent berry fruit is a household dish in Nepal that is generally consumed after a meal or for freshness throughout the day and is rich in Vitamin C.

It can be either eaten raw fresh for a spikey sour taste or in the sweet-tangly pickle form (titaura or paun), where this wildberry is dried and spiced up with flavors for a more savory taste.

Paani Amala

Paani Amala (Himalayan Ground Gooseberry) is a berry fruit in Nepal that is quite similar to the wildberry, but instead of tree-grown berries, this unique fruit is dug from underground.

It is also quite similar to the wildberry in taste; Paani Amala tastes sour and sweet and is considered to be the best remedy for Jaundice patients, including for other conditions like diabetes and digestion issues.

Ukhu

Ukhu (sugarcane) is a very popular summer fruit that is served either in raw form or as juice scratching the juice out of the cane.

This drink is a specialty among the fruit shops and street vendors in Nepal as it is the most formidable ally to beat the summer heat.

If you dont want to try it raw for the natural taste, you can enjoy Ukhu juice that is prepared by adding spices, herbs, or a mixture of other fruits for a more enhanced taste.

Mewa

Mewa (Papaya) is a pretty common and popular fruit in Nepal that also happens to be a summer specialty.

Due to its rich nutrients and several health benefits, it is a common delicacy in Nepali households.

This delicious and healthy fruit goes really well in a mixed fruit dish alongside pineapple and watermelon, easily available in fruit shops and local vendors.

Aaap

Aaap (Mango) is another popular fruit delight that is eaten in several forms, i.e., cooked alongside vegetable ingredients, eaten raw in the fruit form, or by extracting juice in pickled form.

Regardless, it is delightful fruit tastes exquisite in any form, and you can easily enjoy its recipe at the local restaurants and fruit or juice at the fruit shops.

Naspati

Naspati (Pear) is a juicy sweet fruit that resembles apples to some extent; this round-shaped fruit is rich in fiber and vitamins and is ripe during July and October.

Although it resembles the shape of an apple, due to its rough-grunge outer surface, it is usually peeled before eating.

Aaru

Aaru (Peach) is another popular fruit in Nepal that starts ripening in the month of May and is at its peak by July and August.

This unique fruit of the region has a sweet and sour aftertaste that just explodes in the mouth after every bite.

It has a little furry outer layer and a dark red inner crust with a seed; it is a popular summer delight that can be found throughout the country.

Aalobakhara

Aalobakhara (Plum) is a common winter fruit in Nepal that tastes both sweet and tart.

This tasty, colorful plum fruit has several health benefits and has nutrient values of Vitamic A, C, and K.

During its ripening season; you will find this tasty delight at the local vendors throughout the country.

Although it tastes exquisite in its raw-natural form, it is also seasoned with spices and used to make pickles for a savory taste.

Amba

Amba (Guava) green-yellowish tropical fruit in Nepal that tastes almost like a mixed combination of strawberry and pear.

It has both sweet and sour aftertaste; some variants have a dark red inner core with sweet, savory filling; meanwhile, other variants have a tingly sour taste with a yellowish core.

In summary,

Nepal has a variety of delicious local foods, fruits, and drinks.

This article talked about the yummy tastes and the importance of these things in Nepalese culture.

Foods like momos and dal bhat are well-known, while others like Khircho are special too.

Fruits like rasbari and drinks like lassi show the different parts of Nepal in their flavors.

These special foods are not just for eating, but they also show Nepal’s traditions and happy times.

People in villages and towns can enjoy these foods, and they tell us about Nepal’s history, flavors and traditions.

Did you find any items missing above that you encountered and ate while traveling in Nepal?

If so, please comment below, and I will add them in my next update.

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