Newari Kingdom of Nepal Mandala once ruled in Kathmandu Valley. They are known for their contributions to culture, arts and traditions, trade, agriculture, and also cuisine. Newari cuisine is one of the famous food in Nepal and most of the people loved it. There are over 100 varieties of cuisines served on different occasions, Festivals rituals of Newari Culture. Whereas rice, lentils, veggies, curries, and pickles (dal, bhat, tarkari, and achar) are consumed on a daily basis. According to the season and availability, varieties of cuisines are prepared in different festivals. Cuisines prepared in different festivals have a special significance. Here is a list of the best Newari food in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Samay Baji commonly known as Newari Khaja set is an authentic traditional food of Newari Community. In recent years this food has been one of the main attractions of Nepal. This food has been pass down from many generations and is still loved by the peoples and is one of the best Newari Food in Kathmandu and in the newari community. It consists of many dishes on a single plate. There is Chiura (Beaten Rice) with lots of sub dishes like fried black soybeans, fried eggs, spicy potato, Chhwela (barbeque buff meat), fresh garlic and ginger, peeled and cut in half with a little salt added (Lava-Palu) and many more. It can be served with “Ayla”. Samay Baji is especially taken as a starter in every festival in the Newari community. Nowadays this food can also be found in any traditional Newari Restaurants as a Newari Khaja Set.
It is definitely one of the BEST Newari Food in Kathmandu Nepal which is available anywhere.
Bhatti Restro: Bhatti Special Baji set: Rs.180
Price range: Rs.100-Rs.250
ChataMari also is known as the Nepali Pizza is one of the wonderful dishes of Newari traditional cuisines. It somehow resembles pizza, but the ingredients used here are different than a pizza. It is famous among the Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, and Lalitpur. ChataMari is similar to the pizza but the test is completely different. The base of ChataMari is made with a thin layer of rice flour, the topping is grounded buff/chicken meat with other fresh spices and egg. This Dish can found in every Newari restaurant. The most famous place for ChataMari is Gopal dai Ko ChataMari where you can get buff ChatMari at Rs. 90.
Price range: Rs.90-Rs.200.
Yomari is one of the delicious Newari Food that you must try once. It is one of the delicacies of the Newari community. The name Yomari comes from two Newari Language words, “ya” which means “to like” and “Mari” means “delicacy”. Yomari plays an important role in the Newari community. Myth has it that Suchandra and Krita, a married couple, first experimented with a fresh yield of rice from their field and new delicacy was distributed among the villagers. They all like the new food and call as a Yamari, which means ‘tasty bread’. The outer layer of Yomari is a thick layer of rice flour and inner consists of either sweet substances like “Chaku” or “Khuwa”.
Price range: Rs.50-Rs.90 (Also Depends upon places and inner fillings)
It is a typical Newari Food which is delicious and hot. Choila is prepaid with the meat of muttons, chickens, ducks, and water buffalo. To prepare Choila first buff meat is lightly steamed, marinated with fresh spices, and grilled with special mustard oil. It is a mouth-watering dish that is served with Chiura (bitten rice) and also “Ayla”. It is also one of the important ingredients of Samaya Baji. The spices are what make this dish really delicious. The Choila is one of the most important part of any dish and is definitely one of the best Newari Food in Kathmandu and Nepal.
Price range: Rs.90-Rs.250.
JUJU Dhau is one of the traditional Newari Deserts. In Newari Language JUJU means “King” and Dhau means “Curd” which means king of curds. JUJU Dhau is one of the main attractions of Bhaktapur. It has ritual significance in the Newari community Dhau denotes purity, and it is a compulsory item during auspicious ceremonies, local festivals, marriage rituals, religious occasions, and family gatherings. For good fortune, before traveling, Newari people also give Juju Dhau in the pot to travelers. The thick cream melts inside the mouth as soon as you put it in the mouth. The taste of this curd is quite different from the other curds found around the valley. It is served in a special clay bowel and is specially served as a sweet dessert at the end of the feast.
Price range: Rs.70-Rs.500 (Depends upon the size of the pot)
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