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A Guide to Nepalese Dining

Regular 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).

Eating Habit
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.

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