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MINT CHUTNEY – पुदिना को अचार

Mint leaves are not used for making chutney in Kathmandu Valley where they grow wild, but they are generally used in the Terai region of Nepal.

1 cup of green mint leaves
2 small garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoonful of chili powder or 1/2 green chili
1 teaspoonful of salt
2 tablespoons of mustard oil
1/2 teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoonful of turmeric
Juice of one or two lemons

Grind mint leaves and garlic in a mortar.  Add salt and chilis.  Squeeze one or two lemons for juice.   Heat the mustard oil in a small frying pan and fry the fenugreek seed till they become black.  Add the turmeric and turn with a spoon.  Now add the mint and garlic mixture.

Time required 10- 15 minutes

Mixed Vegetable Pulao – Nepali: तरकारीको पुलाउ – नेपाली


This type of mixed vegetable pulao is occasionally prepared, especially for feasts and in picnics.  It is a very rich dish.

1 1/2 cups of rice (basmati or masino/fine)
3 tablespoons of ghiu (clarified butter)
1 cup of cauliflower pieces
1/2 a cup of peas
1 carrot thinly sliced
1 onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 green cardamoms  or 2 black cardamoms
6 black peppers
2 cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 a green chili
1 or 2 bay leaves
3 cups of hot, boiled water
small quantity of chopped coriander leaves

Soak the rice in water for five minutes.
Wash and drain the water from the rice.
Heat the ghiu and fry the onions till they are brown.
Add all the spices.
Add all the vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
Add the rice, salt and green chili.
Fry the rice till it is dried and looks brownish in colour.
Pour three cups of hot water (2.5 centimeters above the level of the rice).
Cover and boil gently till the rice grains become tender and the vegetables are cooked.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

bon appetit

Mushroom Curry च्याउको कढी


Mushroom or chyau, Agaricus conpestris, family Solanaceae, is a summer vegetable grown in Nepal, especially in the high mountains.

1 cup of mushrooms

4 teaspoons of mustard oil
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
2.5 cm of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of chilli (optional)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
salt to taste.

(The following method is used to detect poisonous mushrooms in Nepal)

Wash the mushrooms with boiled water two or three times.  Beak them into small pieces by hand.  Mix turmeric by consistently rubbing with the hands and allow them to stand for at least 10 minutes.  If they turn black, the mushrooms may be poisonous.  If the colour does not change, then they are edible.

The second method of detecting poisonous mushrooms from non-poisonous mushrooms is to use a silver spoon.  If the spoon with which the mushrooms gets a black coating on it, then the mushroom is poisonous.

Heat oil an fry fenugreek seeds till they jump and become brown.  Squeeze out the turmeric and add the mushrooms.  Add salt and fry again.  Add the ground spices and some water so as to let it become a paste.  Cook them with a little more water if needed.  Serve hot and dry.


SPINACH PAKORA पालुङ पाकोरा




2 cupfuls of spinach leaves

1 cup of gram flour (besan/chickpea flour)

2 green chilies chopped or 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)

1 big onion finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder

pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of water or as required

oil for deep frying


Use a karahi  कराही or wok.  Wash and clean the spinach leaves well.  Cut thickly or use as it is.  Mix all the ingredients in gram flour and beat well.  It will become a thick paste.  Mix cut spinach leaves also. beat again.  Add more water if needed.

Heat oil in the karahi.  When smoke starts to come, place small balls in the oil.

To make the pakoda crispy, mix a tablespoon of heated oil in the gram flour.  Fry the small ball in the oil till they become light brown.  Adjust the heat accordingly.  Serve hot with sauce.



Sourced from Joys of Nepalese Cooking by Indra Majapuria