Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country between  India (in south, east and west) and China (in the north) with the inhabitants of over 30 million population. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth standing at 8848m above the sea level. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest city. It is a multiethnic nation with nepali as the official language.

 

Nepal is a country with rich culture and heritage. There are over 30 castes (kind of tribes) of people living in Nepal with almost every castes having their own languages and cultures. In Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions. The two have co-existed down the ages and many Hindu temples share the same complex as, Buddhist shrines. Hindu and Buddhist worshippers may regard the same god with different names while performing religious rites. Moreover Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in southern Nepal. Though Nepal is the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, many other religions like Islam, Christianity, and Bon are practised here.

 

The national cuisine of Nepal is Dhindo and Gundruk.The staple nepali meal is dal bhat. Dal is a lentil soup, and is served over bhat (boiled rice), with tarkari (curried vegetables) together with Achar. It consists of non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian items. Mustard oil is a common cooking medium and a host of spices, including cumin, coriander, black pepper, sesame seeds, turmeric, garlic, ginger, methi (fenugreek), bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, chilies and mustard seeds are used in cooking. Momo is a type of steamed dumpling with meat or vegetable fillings, and is a popular fast food in many regions of Nepal.

Achar


Achar (which happened to be name of the restaurant) is one of the important part of the nepalese cuisine. Achar often called as pickles or chutni is a spicy condiment made from fresh ingredients. Talking about the nepalese cuisine, the first thing that comes in people’s mind is that it might be similar to the indian cuisine which is a misconception. Over the years nepalese cuisine might have got lot of influence from the indian and tibetan cuisine but nepalese cuisine is unlike indian cuisine.