What’s Cooking Today?

-Anubhuti Poudyal

How different are our kitchens? Want to know how diverse our cultures actually are? Take a trip to this part of the house.

In cities, we seldom realize our cultural diversity. We have friends who belong to different sects and cultures but we barely notice it. However, if you want to see the differences, then join us in the kitchens of some of the popular ethnic groups in the country. These kitchens can mostly be termed “non-traditional” but they have a heavy influence of their own cultures. They might look similar in appearance but what they offer everyday is different in more ways than one. We bring to you cultures and their kitchens.

Newari Kitchen
We all enjoy Newari food. The good ol’ choila and chatamari, momo and sephalay, everything is enjoyed by almost everyone in the city. Newari people are known for their elaborate celebrations and bhoj. But what does an everyday Newari kitchen look like?

  • Food most frequently cooked in the kitchen
  • Daal-bhaat, tarkari, masu, achar
  • Noodles and french fries
  • Curry (potatoes mostly)
  • Tea/coffee
  • Most regularly used ingredients in the kitchen
  • Garlic
  • Soya sauce
  • Onion
  • Food that is popular during festivals
  • Chicken curry
  • Choila
  • Brownies
  • Freshly made pickles
  • Traditional festivals in which food is in abundance
  • Dashain
  • Tihar
  • Janai Purnima
  • Maghe Sankranti

Rai Kitchen
I asked a Rai friend about her kitchen and then started comparing it with mine. We have similar taste when it comes to continental or even non-Nepali food, but the basic cultural cuisine, or even day to day food items, are much different.

  • Food most frequently cooked in the kitchen
  • Daal, bhaat, vegetables
  • Pork
  • Saag
  • Most regularly used ingredients in the kitchen
  • Garlic
  • Methi
  • Food that is popular during festivals
  • Sel roti
  • Aalu dum
  • Pork
  • Traditional festivals in which food is in abundance
  • Tihar
  • Maghe Sankranti

Brahmin Kitchen
Traditionally, Brahmin kitchen is known for being vegetarian. Not even onions or garlic could enter their kitchen once. But that is an old tale. Today we mostly don’t see that way of living among Brahmins. But there still are reminiscent of a time that went by but left a few shreds in our daily lives.

Food most frequently cooked in the kitchen

  • Daal, bhaat, vegetables
  • Aalu tama bodi
  • Aalu ko achar
  • Kauli
  • Most regularly used ingredients in the kitchen
  • Sunflower oil
  • Methi
  • Zeera
  • Food that is popular during festivals
  • Sel
  • Anarsa
  • Paneer
  • Khajur
  • Fini
  • Traditional festivals in which food is in abundance
  • Dashain
  • Krishn Asthami
  • Tihar
  • Maghe Sankranti


Tharu Kitchen
Tharu people have delicacies that are brilliant, to say the least. They enjoy their festivals and their foods are quite peculiar from other cultures’. They reside predominantly in southern part of the country.

Most cooked food in the kitchen

  • Dhikari
  • Ghonghi
  • Khariya

Most regularly used ingredients in the kitchen

  • Lasun
  • Chilies
  • Coriander
  • Food that is popular during festivals
  • Khichari
  • Andik roti
  • Khariya
  • Traditional festivals in which food is cooked in abundance
  • Dasiya
  • Maghe
  • Dhurehri

Thakali Kitchen
Thakali kitchens are popular throughout the country for their hearty portions and impeccable tastes. Thakali people are respected for their pleasant demeanor as hostesses and are known to keep their homes immaculate. Here are a few things that a Thakali kitchen has that you might find interesting.

Food most frequently cooked in the kitchen

  • Potato
  • Sukuti
  • Cauliflower and simi

Most regularly used ingredients in the kitchen

  • Jimbu
  • Lasoon
  • Lots of oil

Traditional festivals in which food is in abundance

  • Toranla (same time as Fagu Purnima)
  • Dashain
  • Tihar

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