Thakali Foods; What Is It Composed Of and Where To Find The Best Thakali Food?

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  • 30th Mar, 2021

As the name itself suggests, Thakali food is the food that originated from the Thakali culture of Nepal. Nepal is a country full of beautiful culture and adventure and the diverse culture gave birth to such delicacies. Since the country Nepal is between two big countries, India and Nepal, the culture and food habits influenced and they can find the combination of both cultures in the foods.

The foods around here being a more cultural thing than just something that tastes good or something to fulfill your hunger has their essence and history behind its emergence. Among such foods from the outcome of ethnic groups, Thakali food is one and it has been gaining a lot of popularity. Thakali food originated from the mountainous region of Nepal from the people of Thaki ethnicity.

These people and this food only found in the mid-elevations mountains but now since many people have got the taste of the food and demand for it, restaurants and hotels everywhere around Nepal have offered Thakali food. There are some restaurants and hotels which are dedicated specifically to offering only Thakali food. There are a lot of Thakali restaurants with famous tourist destinations in Nepal, like Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you are visiting Nepal or have not yet tried Thakali food, then it is a must-try. It is one of the most popular foods, so you would not want to miss it.

What Thakali food composed of?

When people hear Thakali food, they only think about dal, rice, curry, and pickle, but it is more than that. A complete Thakali meal comprises many food items that combine up to form a complete Thakali plate. It comprises locally grown buckwheat, millet, rice, maize, and dal. A unique dal, also made from ground and dried buckwheat leaves. Other foods like pickles, gundruk, and ghee also included. With different fried and gravy curry of vegetables and non-veg food that complements everything else. Along with all these, there are sausages, Thukpa, momo, chapatis, curry, and buckwheat finger chips that will also serve to you according to your choice.

Thakali food considers the best khana set that can be eaten either as lunch or dinner. The taste and aroma of the Thakali cuisine are wonderful which will make you crave it again and you are more likely to return to try it. While roaming around in the trekking sites in Nepal you might find some places where authentic Thakali food served. However, you would be fortunate to find Thakali food out in the wild. It is a special meal that might not have found everywhere but in the urban cities; it is prevalent and can be found in many places, in most places like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Best Thakali restaurants in the city of temples; Kathmandu

Since Thakali foods becoming popular, many Thakali restaurants mushrooming in the city. If you get confused about where to go to get the best experience, here are some of the best restaurants where you can find good Thakali food. There are Thakali restaurants everywhere in Kathmandu but you would be surprised to know that the best 3 ones are all in Tangal.

LeteThakali Kitchen, Tangal

(Rating 9/10)
Tangal, known as a growing food that is popular for its great Thakali restaurants. LeteThakali Kitchen is among the first to serve authentic Thakali cuisines in the Tangal area. The name of the restaurant kept after a small Thakali village in Mustang. The favorites in this place are their potato and vegetable curry cooked in Jimbu and Gundruk ko achar in the Thakalaikhana set. As a side relish, a minced radish pickle known as Mulathepeachaar is also served. The food and customer service are great there.

JimbuThakali Capital Grill and Panya, Tangal

(Rating 9/10)
Located just in front of another popular Thakalai restaurant, NilgiriThakali Delights is JimbuThakali Capital Grill and Panya. It gives careful attention to each item served which is what sets this place apart. Besides Thakalikhana, there are other delicacies like Kanchemba which you might fall in love with.

NilgiriThakali Delights, Tangal

(Rating 9.5/10)
We consider this the best Thakali restaurant in Kathmandu, if not the best, one of the top ones. One of the renowned chefs, Shambhu Basnet, operated it, until December 2017, who had over 15 years of experience in Thakali cuisine. He passed away suddenly in December 2017 but still; the restaurant is operating as well as in the old times. It has the best Daal which is perfectly balanced, creamy, thick, and flavorful. We dedicate this whole hotel to Thakali foods and you might find new Thakali foods that you might not have ever heard of before. It is comparatively more expensive than other Thakali restaurants, but the extra money that you pay will be worth it.