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Dal Bhat Guide

Nepal, Nepal

Food Guide

Nepalese dal bhat (dal bat or dhal bhat) is composed of white rice (bhat) and lentils (dal) and it is typically accompanied by a vegetable curry (tarkari), a mixture of spicy vegetables (pickles) and greens (sak). It is eaten with papadums in a large metal tray.

Dal Bhat is a staple food of Nepal

Rice grows only at lower altitudes, and the parts of Nepal above 6000 feet in elevation swap out rice for millet or barley or buckwheat. In addition to the dal and the bhat, it is traditional to serve an unleavened round bread called roti, or mixed vegetables called tarkari.

It’s eaten everywhere, usually twice a day

AIt is considered to be the national dish of Nepal. One can see how this comforting combination of flavors and heat, would be perfect on a cold day. Nepalese eat this dish at least once a day. It is considered to be a well-balanced meal. Lentils come in different colors and have good health benefits. You'll eat plenty of dal bhat, so it's a good thing it's such a delicious and nutritious staple meal!

Though just rice and lentil soup is the most basic form, most of the time you'll also be served whatever vegetable is on hand, a dish referred to as tarkari.; it's really up to the vendor and the season what kind of vegetable is served. Traditionally, meals are eaten with your fingers, but if you ask for a spoon and fork, they'll probably find one for you. Step into many holes in the wall restaurants in Nepal and you'll be greeted by smiling faces and have an opportunity to ask for a plate of dal bhat. The vendor will be happy to serve you and reward you with a piping hot and satisfying meal. Yet another great thing about eating dal bhat is that the vendor will normally serve you as many helpings of extra rice and vegetarian dishes as you can handle.

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