vast geographic and cultural diversity, it is difficult to generalize
about what constitutes Nepali cuisine. It is however, characterized by
its simplicity, lightness, and healthfulness. A typical meal uses only
the freshest local ingredients, minimal fat, and an artful combination
of herbs and spices.|
Nepali cuisine varies by region, from the tropical Terai region to the arctic Himalayas, but most meals consist of some form of rice or other grain accompanied by dried beans, lentils, or peas, and fresh vegetables. A common meal in many areas is daal-bhaat-tarkaari, (lentil-rice-vegetable) combination. Rice is usually boiled and accompanied by a lentil soup. The daal is prepared from a variety of dried beans, lentils and peas. There are at least a dozen varieties of daal dishes and each has different tastes and flavor. This also provides a liquid that go along with the rice. Vegetables are the third component of this staple meal. A variety of fresh vegetables and many leafy greens predominates Nepali meals, which is cooked according to regions and seasons. Many of the vegetables are cultivated, but also gathered in the wild such as young fern tips, bamboo shoots, even nettle greens. Nepali meals are often accompanied by a side dish of spicy pickles, which are either freshly made or preserved to enhance the flavor of the entire meal.
In this chapter I have uploaded several pictures of Nepali meals of daal-bhaat-tarkaari for you to view at this time. I will be adding more pictures when available.
From Jyoti's kitchen -- complete Nepali evening meal served in khande-thaal
Simple everyday daal-bhaat-tarkaari served at lunch time at Pratima's farm house - Plain steamed rice, cauliflower and peas tarkaari, soupy chicken, buttered spinach and a fiery tomato chutney....and a generous serving of rice....
Dashain ko Bhoj 2011 - Serving Vijaya Dashami Feast. Dashain is the longest and most celebrated religious festival in Nepal
|Assorted authentic Nepali food served in thaal with multiple compartments|
|From the kitchen of my good friend, Hema...wide range of flavors and textures. A typical traditional vegetarian home-made dinner!|
|Another favorite daal-bhaat-tarkaari!|
|Absolutely love this combination!|
|The perfect combination of simple, light and healthy Nepali meal from Rehana's kitchen.|
|In this Nepali daal-bhaat-tarkaari combination, a variety of breads are served in a separate dish.|
A warm hearty meal!
Serving Nepali meal in a plate that is lined with Saal tree leaf (saal ko paat). It gives a beautiful background and adds an exotic touch.
|From the kitchen of Meenakshi - A well balanced combination of rice, daal, three different vegetables, salad and a delicious flaky bread.|
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