What better way to share special moments with your host family than to learn to cook local dishes? The main diet in Nepal consists of a hefty portion of rice and lentil soup, called “Dal Bhat.” Dal Bhat is often served with pickled vegetables. This simple dish is healthy and filling, and tasty! Another famous dish is “momos”, dumplings filled with vegetables or chicken.
There are also many specialties that vary by region. Nepal’s geographic diversity allows for gastronomic diversity based on what types of food grows in each area. Near the Tibetan border, for example, you can find Thukpa, a Tibetan vegetable and noodle soup, and Gurung bread, fried Tibetan bread.
Home stays are a wonderful way to watch the local people cook and learn how authentic Nepalese food is made. Make sure you take the time to create some fond memories with your host family in the kitchen!