Nepal – A small landlocked country in South East Asia with people from different ethnic backgrounds is also home to a variety of delicious Nepalese street food dishes that remain unexplored to the larger world. The streets of Nepal, with an air of Buddhist purity in them, also have a plethora of dishes to offer apart from their iconic momos, and it’s time to explore a few.
12 Best Street Food You Must Try Out in Nepal
Tracing its origin from the Newari cuisine of Nepal, Chatamari is also known as ‘Newari pizza’ or ‘Nepali pizza.’ It is essentially a rice crepe that can be topped with vegetables of your choice. This spicy dish has to top your list of Nepali street food if you are a pizza lover.
It is another typical Newari dish from Nepal. It is prepared with spiced, grilled buffalo meat and sometimes also with mutton, chicken, duck meat, or mushrooms. This Nepalese street food dish is hot and spicy and is usually served with rice flakes (chiura).
These aromatic Nepali style kebabs are often made with pork, lamb, goat, mutton, chicken, or a mixture of any of those meats. Added with some natural herbs and spices, Sekwa is often served with beaten rice (chiura) and tomato pickle.
Catering to your sweet tooth, this Nepalese street food dish Lakhamari is here to satisfy. It is a Newari sweet that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is made up of butter, sugar, flour, etc. It is a popular dish made during festivals or weddings.
5. Sel Roti
This Nepalese street food dish is a sweet rice bread resembling a thin doughnut that is crispy in texture and reddish-brown in colour. It is a ring-shaped delight prepared with rice. It s a common sweet in Nepal for special occasions or otherwise.
Thukpa is a noodle soup of Tibetian origin, but it is a very popular Nepalese street food dish as well. This hot soup with vegetables and noodles is a must-have during the winter. This healthy food dish has all ingredients to satisfy your hunger, i.e., noodles, chilli powder, garam masala, carrots, etc.
7. Aloo Chop
To talk about any street food without including a potato dish is justice not done. This deep-fried potato cutlet is often served with puffed rice, green chillies, and maybe a sauce or a salad. It’s a perfect alternative to the popular Aloo Tikki.
Laphing is a famous street food dish in Nepal that finds its origin in Tibetan cuisine. This spicy cold mung bean noodle dish is served with red pepper, green onion sauce, and coriander in a soy sauce gravy – a must-try among all Nepalese street food dishes.
9. Bara [Wo]
Also referred to as the Newari pancake, Bara [Wo] is made with lentils. This healthy dish with a flavor of ginger and garlic is an absolute go-to food. These patties can be served with chutney or pickle. The Bara is an easy Nepalese food item to try making at home and a must-try when in Nepal.
This traditional porridge from Nepal is prepared from ground millet or cornmeal flour. This flour is added to the boiling water and stirred continuously. This delicious street food porridge is served with pickles, yogurt, curried vegetables, or homemade butter.
A famous delicacy and a quite artistic Nepalese street food dish of the Newari community, Yomari is a steamed dumpling prepared with rice flour and filling of sweet substances such as chaku, molasses, and sesame seeds. It is an important food dish made during the festival of Yomari Punhi.
12. Juju Dhau
Also famous as ‘king yogurt,’ Juju Dhau is prepared from buffalo’s milk. This healthy and flavorful Nepalese street food dish is a must-try with the flavor of spices such as cardamom, coconut shavings, and cloves. It is considered an important dish in Nepalese food culture.