Local Dal Bhat is nothing to get excited about – except if you are hungry
In this series of the real Nepali food you will find when traveling in Nepal I’ve covered the Tourist version of Dal Bhat and the trekkers version of Dal Bhat. Finally we take a look at what the locals eat from this the most commonly found dish in all of Nepal.
Local Dal Bhat is for sustenance and no more
A plate of Dal Bhat hat’s more common to tourists or found in expensive restaurants – yes, there’s a difference!
If I were to show you the most basic of basic photos of dal baht it would simple be rice and a bowl of watery soup. That’s it. In villages, towns, cities and homes this type of dal bhat is eaten for lunch and at dinner. Everyday. Seven days a week. All year round. In remoter areas it’s only once a day. Yes in the big cities the typical Nepalese diet is becoming more varied. And yes when certain vegetables are available they will be added. Most however go to market to be sold or traded for other food stuffs. eg. you grow rice so you trade it for lentils.
What does local dal bhat taste like
It’s actually quite okay though bland and watery. Plain rice and a lentil soup that’s it. Now imagine that two or three times a day. Locals don’t mind, it’s a part of their culture. Volunteers in villages generally like dal baht too but the biggest complaint is that it’s just too plain to have two or three times a day every single day.
Local Dal Bhat fuels the country
This dish certainly won’t have tourist flocking to try it out. Do try the more tourist upscale version of dal bhat though as it’s utterly fantastic. Even the dal bhat you will find in most local cafes will be more substantial than the real local dal bhat. What I find incredible is that this nation with its huge environmental variety, choice and capability is basically fueled by plain rice and lentil soup!
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