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Recipes from Nepal, Food, Cuisine

Nepal is a land of spices. The food has a tantalizing aroma and rich flavoring. Desserts are simply sumptuous. We are certain you will enjoy these recipes from Nepal. For those with sensitive mouths, reduce the chili content in these Nepalese recipes.

Chicken Bhutua

This grilled chicken dish will impress your dinner guests.

  • 1.5lb Chicken – cut into pieces
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • minced ginger
  • 3 minced red chilies
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 cup cut green onions
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper (ground)
  • Half tsp cinnamon powder
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • Salt

Mix together the chicken, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp mustard oil. Heat the 4 tbsp mustard oil in a pan. Place fenugreek in pan until dark. Then add cloves to fry. Place chicken in pan and allow to brown. Next add the chilies, ginger and garlic. Continue to stir-fry chicken until completely cooked adding water if it catches on. Now mix in onions and cinnamon, cooking for a further 2 minutes. Serve with vegetables.

Bara/Badha

These black lentil deep fried patties will whet your appetite.

  • 1 cup black lentils
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • Half tsp asafetida/hing
  • Half tsp cumin powder
  • oil
  • salt

Soak the lentils overnight in water. Remove the black coverings with water. Grind the lentils into a paste with just a little bit of water. Add the spices and stir. Heat the oil. Flatten the lentil mixture into a patty and make a hole in the middle (like a donut). Deep fry until golden brown. Serve when still hot.

Burfi

Delectable milk cakes for dessert or a tasty treat.

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Half cup ghee
  • Half tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup sugar

Combine ricotta, cardamom and sugar. Fry mixture in the ghee until golden brown. OR Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in 300F oven. Pour onto a greased tray and cut into diamond shapes. Allow to cool.

Lassi

A delicious, creamy yogurt shake.

  • 2 cups full-cream yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tbsp sugar (or to your taste)

Combine water with the yogurt. Add the sugar. Beat mixture until frothy and smooth. Served with ice.