22 responses

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    April 26, 2012

    Yuuuuuuum!

  2. Mandy
    April 26, 2012

    I think I would enjoy it too as I’m the rice person, and I like to have rice accompanied with soup & gravy :)

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      I’m not a huge fan of plain rice, so mixing it with Dal or soup really works for me too :)

  3. Tim
    April 26, 2012

    We were in Nepal a few years back. Dal Bhat was what we ate everyday when we went trekking. There’s nothing better to fill you up as you say.

    We tried to recreate it back home and nearly got it as good. Maybe some of the spices were missing. A good reason to go back to Nepal though.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      Maybe it’s Masala that’s missing?

  4. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)
    April 26, 2012

    This looks delicious! I love Indial dal so I bet I would like the Nepalese version too :) This looks like a standard thali from an Indian lunch menu here in NYC. And very vegetarian friendly (minus the mutton of course).

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      Yep, it’s one of the best vegetarian dishes available. Although Nepal does offer quite a lot of filling vegetable dishes compared to a lot of other developing countries.

  5. Michael
    April 26, 2012

    Sounds like my kind of dish. I like my dhal hot!

  6. Nate @yomadic
    April 26, 2012

    I have to say, that looks absolutely perfect, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  7. Christine | Grrrl Traveler
    April 26, 2012

    Was about to say.. didn’t know it came with so many sides. But then you clarified. Daal bhat is my fave also.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      Yep that’s the tourist version that you get lots of dishes. In the local, local version it’s just rice and dal.

  8. CJ Cook
    April 27, 2012

    As you know I am already a big fan of your Blog and today I actually got a chance to read some of your past writings. The food served in Nepal really looks like a fest compared to the food you have experienced in some of your past travels such as Africa and the burger stand in Iran :) Stay safe and healthy I enjoy the reading!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      Wow, the burger stand in Iran … that’s going back a while. I still remember it. I’ll stick with Dal Bhat for now. Thanks!

  9. Jesse
    April 27, 2012

    In your sample photo of the dish, the rice looks undercooked. Somewhere in Indonesia, they said that undercooked rice can cause digestion problems.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      April 27, 2012

      Personally I prefer under cooked rice. Too much of what I ate in South East Asia was processed. In Nepal the rice mixed with Dal is very good. I’v never hear of anyone suffering from under cooked rice. I could imagine yes for non-cooked though.

  10. Kristina
    April 28, 2012

    When I was in Nepal we hardly ate dal bhat at all. I think we just found it too easy to eat more familiar food. I don’t even remember seeing anything that looked as good as your photo and in reading your description, I think I may have only seen the local version, as opposed to the “tourist” version with all the colorful sides.
    That was almost 14 years ago. Now, my tastes have changed and I’d probably eat that every day if I were to go back. In this case, I think I’d prefer the tourist version too.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 1, 2012

      Yes indeed, there’s a huge difference between the local and tourist versions of dal bhat. I’m slowly going to move down the ranks of taste bud delight. I found the local dal to be very watery.

  11. Solo Female Nomad
    April 30, 2012

    I was more of a “Momo” kind of girl – heck, I still am.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 1, 2012

      Momo’s will be on the way in all their glory.

  12. dixya
    October 3, 2012

    the good looks so good! I never realized the importance of dal-bhaaat until i moved to USA. Gosh I miss dal-bhat

  13. Bhupal Sapkota
    May 5, 2013

    Hi Dave, I am from Kathmandu. Thank you a lot for writing about Nepal in such a detail. Here’s a little suggestion for you to update this article. If you go to local restaurants or hotels and ask for “Tourist Dal Bhat” they will kick you in the ass.

    There is a name for this food you are calling “the tourist Dal Bhat”, it’s popular “Thakali Dal Bhat”. Thakali is caste in Nepal who are known for their version of Dal Bhat, and serving this food have been their family business since a long.

    Please don’t call the local food as “tourist version” without knowing more about it, if any of you reading this are visiting Nepal and want to taste similar Dal Bhat, go to any Thakhali Food Place / Restaurant (there are all around Nepal) and order Thakali Dal Bhat, they serve (even better at some places) as in Dave’s picture.

    You don’t need to call it “tourist dal bhat” to get it served. Know the local name and enjoy the food. The cost will be around 300NPR at max even in Lakeside. If you are eating the same Thakali “looking” food in star hotels you’ll billed around 800-1000 NPR but the food won’t taste as good as in Thakali Food Place.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      May 7, 2013

      Hi Bhupal,

      I don’t think anyone reading this would go into a restaurant and actually ask by definition for “tourist dal bhat”. As you might have noticed I’ve also written about trekkers dal bhat. Again, I would hope no one would actually ask for “Trekkers Dal Bhat” while in a tea house trekking. Likewise I don’t think anyone would kick someones ass for doing so. It’s by virtue a description.

      Much like Thakali Dal Bhat. Thakali come from the Mustang region of Nepal. If I went into a local restaurant in Kathmandu and asked for a Thakali Dal Bhat I may or may not get what you are describing. By virtue of asking for Thakali dal bhat and trying to save face a local cafe would probable do their best to put on a nice display. But it would indeed pale compared to the typical dal bhat served in a well established moderate restaurant.

      Likewise the Thakali are by definition an ethnic group and not a caste per se. Though they do prefer to have an upper caste association.

      Like many things in Nepal words get bent to suit a certain group. Newari Dal Bhat will one day don a tourist restaurants signage competing with a restaurant opposite it offering Thakali dal bhat … and so it will go on.

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