Nepal breakfast food is a dish that consists of rice and lentils (dal) and can be served with either vegetables or meat.
The dish is eaten as part of the traditional Nepali breakfast, which also includes Chura (chickpea curry), Asakawa (tandoor-style grilled mutton), and sabzi (curry). It can also be eaten as a side for other dishes such as aloo gobi.
The Nepali style of eating rice and lentils for breakfast differs from other countries in South Asia, where plain rice (Chawla) is served.
Nepalis add vegetables such as potato (aloo or batata), beans (Simba or simi), spinach (agouti), and wild greens to the dish. The Nepali word for vegetables is time Jal ko sag, which means boiled water and vegetables.
What are popular Nepalese breakfast recipes?
Some popular Nepalese breakfast recipes consist of dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup), served with vegetable curries, chicken masala, egg curry, etc. Popular dishes include aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower dish), chow mein (noodles), or chiura (beaten rice). Nepalese people also eat bread made from wheat flour toasted and eaten with curried vegetables, such as butternut squash (aloo bhujia) and potato (aloo).
Different types of Nepal breakfast Food:
Nepali families usually spend the mornings together. They eat breakfast outside the house, whereas on weekday mornings, they eat at home. Breakfast is usually served between 6:30 and 9:00 in the morning, with dinner often eaten around 7:00 in the evening.
Basic breakfast foods include roti (bread made from wheat flour), paratha (flatbread cooked with ghee and sometimes onions), and pure (deep-fried bread often stuffed with boiled egg, vegetables, lentil, or meat). Other foods may be added to this basic menu, such as curried potatoes or scrambled eggs.
21 Delicious Dishes eat for breakfast in Nepal:
1. Dal Bhat:
Dal Bhat is one of the most traditional dishes in Nepal. It is a staple food eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dal-Bhat consists of steamed rice served with two side dishes made from lentils called Bhata (soup) or Tarkari (curried vegetables).
Goûter is a French word meaning ‘snack.’ Nepal refers to a mid-morning snack usually eaten in the winter when people take a break from work or school. The Nepalese version of goûter includes momo (dumplings), chow mein (fried noodles), and sel roti (fried dough bread), as well as tea made from butter and spices.
3. Gur Puran:
Gur or ghee is a type of clarified butter used in South Asian cooking. In Nepal, Gur-Puran refers to a dish containing roasted grains such as millet seeds, maize, sesame seeds, etc. It is served in a small pot or pan along with salt, sugar, and butter.
4. Aloo Chop or Alu chop:
Alu Chop is a popular Nepalese dish made from pan-fried potato patty chopped with onion, coriander leaves, and green chilies. The meal is served with tomato sauce which provides an extra delicious taste to the dish.
Thukpa is Tibetan noodle soup prepared by adding vegetables, meat, and spices into a boiling pan. The soup is highly nutritious, delicious, and can be prepared within no time.
6. Fried chicken:
Fried Chicken is one of the most preferred snacks for Nepalis. Usually, fried chicken is served with bread or steamed rice, green chutney (coriander-mint sauce), and red chili sauce.
7. Chow mein:
Chow Mein is a popular Chinese dish consisting of stir-fried noodles and vegetables, meat, and spices. The Nepali version of chow mein includes bamboo shoots, carrots, onions, etc., making it healthier than the original Chinese recipe.
Chiura is a traditional Nepali meal prepared by roasting flattened rice (chira) and grinding it to make flour. Chiura meal is usually served with roasted vegetables such as potato, brinjal (eggplant), tomato, etc. This type of meal contains carbohydrates which give enough energy for the whole day.
Momo is a popular Nepalese dish prepared with steaming flour and water dough stuffed with vegetables or meat. They can be served in different ways with green chutney (coriander-mint sauce) and red chili sauce.
10. Aloo Pohora:
Aloo Pohora is a spicy snack prepared by stuffing boiled potatoes with spices and then pan-frying them. This dish can be served as a breakfast, appetizer, or evening snack.
11. Sehlabadi Dal Bhat:
Sehlabadi Dal Bhat is a type of steamed rice cooked with lentil soup called – Sehlabadi Dal. The dish is often prepared on special occasions and festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, etc.
Pedas are a delicious sweet made by kneading thickened milk with sugar and clarified butter. In Nepal, peda is eaten as a dessert and other popular sweets such as ras malai, rasgulla, chum, etc.
13. Bhatmas chiura:
Bahamas chiura is a special type of chiura meal cooked with spices and herbs. In Nepal, Bahamas chiura can be found in many restaurants and households prepared during winters to provide warmth from inside to the body.
14. Samay Baji:
Samay baji is a traditional meal consisting of steamed spinach mixed with fried spicy mashed vegetables prepared in oil. It can be served as an appetizer or main course along with rice.
15. Poha/ Khiribhat:
Poha is flattened rice (Chura) cooked with spices and potato, onion, and green chili. This dish is very popular in Nepal, especially among youngsters.
16. Daal Bhat/Khabee Bhat:
Khabar Bhat is a traditional dish from Nepal which is consumed as breakfast. This dish consists of rice and dal – a Nepalese soup made from lentils. Unlike other dishes, this one does not require vegetables or meat. The word “Khabee” means “plain.”
17. Thakali Thuk:
Thakali thuk is a traditional Nepalese soup made by boiling yellow split peas with spices and herbs. This type of soup is very popular among the Newar community in Nepal.
Choyla is a Nepali dish made by frying mutton with spices and herbs. The dish can be served as an appetizer with other popular snacks of Nepal, fried meat, or even cheese.
Kadhi is a traditional soup prepared by curdling boiled chickpea flour with spices and spaces. This soup can be served as a main course with steamed rice or chapati.
Khaja is a traditional sweet biscuit made from maida flour, ghee, sugar, cardamom powder, and other spices. In Nepal, this sweet is usually served during Dashain or Teej festival.
21. Egg Sandwich, Bread Omelet & Fried Egg:
Egg Sandwich is a popular bread-based snack of Nepal, prepared by stuffing scrambled eggs with spices and vegetables. A similar dish called “Bread omelet” can be found in India and Bangladesh, consisting of using the same ingredients but served as it is, without being stuffed inside bread. This type of meal can also be found in many restaurants and fried egg – a dish prepared by boiling or frying eggs.
What does Nepali eat for breakfast?
Nepali people eat dal-bhat for breakfast. Bhat means rice, whereas dal refers to lentil soup. The soupy type dal is called tarkari. It consists of lentil soup usually cooked with other vegetables such as spinach, green beans, or potatoes. Main dishes may include a vegetable curry, a meat dish, and roti, also known as chapati. The non-soupy dal is called kwaito, which refers to a thicker version of the soup. It consists of lentils boiled with spices such as ginger and garlic. This type of dal is very popular when the stomach is upset.
The Bottom Line
When we first arrived in Nepal, one of the things I was most excited about was trying some new food. One morning, my friend and I decided to go out for breakfast at a local restaurant that served traditional Nepalese dishes. We ordered what turned out to be an amazing savory pancake made with vegetables and spices. It tasted just like Indian dosa but had a thinner texture than any dosas I’ve tried before! If you have a question, please leave a comment and subscribe and share.