The 10 Nepalese Cookbooks that you definitely need in your kitchen! 🌿

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Nepalese Cookbooks

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through Nepalese Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

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Nepalese cuisine is one of the world’s most complex and exciting cuisines. It’s also one of the most unique, with a range of flavors and textures that can’t be found anywhere else. Nepalese cookbooks can help you to achieve that original flavor. 

Nepalese food reflects the diversity, like its culture and people. The dishes are just as varied as the people who make them. The cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbors. You’ll find that many of the spices used in Nepalese food are also used in India and Tibet, but there are some unique flavors as well. The most popular dishes in Nepal are dal bhat and momos. Dal bhat is a soup made from lentils and rice, while momos recipe is dumplings filled with meat or vegetables. There are many other dishes to choose from as well, like alu tama (potatoes cooked in a spicy sauce), safed chawal (rice cooked with herbs and spices), kabocha squash curry (cooked squash in a tomato sauce).

Here are 10 Nepalese Cookbooks that will guide you through learning how to cook Nepalese cuisine!

1. Ayla 

Why We Love It ❤️

This Nepalese cookbook features dishes from Nepal’s Terai region. The book is a testament to Nepal’s colorful food diversity, which is home to various ethnic groups. In addition to other recipes for traditional dishes like momos and thukpa, a noodle soup, this cookbook includes recipes for more modern fare, like sizzling samosas and dumplings stuffed with minced meat or vegetables.

Review 📖

The author’s notes at the end of each recipe are very informative about the ingredients used in each dish as well as their preparation methods. This helps readers make informed decisions about what ingredients they should use in their own home-cooked meals.

The recipes themselves are written clearly and concisely, with step-by-step directions that are easy to follow even if you’re not familiar with cooking full-course Nepali meals at home. The instructions also include pictures illustrating how they should be done so that you can get a better idea of what it will look like when completed. This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about Nepali cuisine!

About the Author ✍️

Santosh Shah is a Nepalese chef. He was a finalist at BBC MasterChef: The Professionals in 2020. This is his first cookbook.

2. The Best Selection of Nepal Recipes 

Review 📖

This cookbook is an excellent choice for anyone looking to try Nepali cuisine or even just get a taste of the flavors without having to go out and buy ingredients and equipment.

The recipes are simple to follow, and all the elements are easy to find at your local grocery store. The writing style is friendly and engaging, making this cookbook an easy read that doesn’t feel like it’s boring you with too much information.

The best Nepalese cookbook is broken down into sections based on the main ingredient in each dish, so you can find what you’re looking for quickly. This is especially helpful if you’re not familiar with Nepali special cooking methods or components; it will help you learn them fast!

About the Author ✍️

Valeria Ray is a chef. She has published a lot of cookbooks.

3. 50 Nepalese Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to learn more about their cuisine. It has 50 recipes, all from the different regions of Nepal. The recipes are easy to read and understand.

The best about this Nepalese cookbook is that it is an excellent resource for those who want to eat authentically Nepalese food. While there are plenty of options for people looking for “fast food” or convenience foods, there are also several recipes that take a little bit more time but are well worth the effort.

About the Author ✍️

Hailey Ward

4. The Rana Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

The Rana Cookbook is a fantastic reference for anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at cooking authentic Nepalese dishes.

The book is a guide to the best dishes from the Rana dynasty, and it also includes a few recipes that have been adapted to be suitable for modern kitchens. The author, Rohini Rana, has lived in Nepal for many years and knows her food intimately. She has also included plenty of information about preparing these dishes properly—from shopping and cooking ingredients to serving techniques and even some history!

You will enjoy this Nepalese cookbook’s emphasis on ingredients: there are dozens of different types of meat, fish, vegetables, and spices that can be used in Nepalese cuisine. It also includes tips on what kind of utensils are best suited for each dish. All the elements of this book make it easy for anyone interested in trying new foods (whether they’re a novice cook or someone who just wants to learn more about Nepalese thali) to find something delicious without having to spend hours researching recipes online.

About the Author ✍️

Rohini Rana is a homemaker who loves to cook. Years of cooking and researching old Rana (a dynasty in Nepal) recipes have resulted in this book.

5. The Nepal Cookbook 

Why We Love It ❤️

This Nepalese cookbook is a must-have for anyone who wants to try authentic Nepalese cuisine. The recipes are simple, delicious, and easy to make. The book is divided into sections based on the types of cuisine you’re most likely to find in Nepal. Still, you don’t need to be familiar with all of them to enjoy the book—there are plenty of recipes that can be used as stand-alone meals or as inspiration for your creations.

Review 📖

If you love Nepalese food but don’t know where to start when trying to cook something new, this book is perfect! You’ll feel like your cooking skills are getting stronger every time you try something new from this collection of recipes, so try out your first Nepalese thali with the help of this cookbook.

There are also some great tips throughout the book about how to make Nepali cooking accessible to people who aren’t as familiar with it (or even those who are!). For example, there’s a section on spices and herbs that explains what each one does and what it looks like. This will help people who have never tasted authentic Nepali cuisine before or don’t have access to fresh herbs or other ingredients necessary for authentic recipes.

About the Author ✍️

The Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA) is a large community organization in North America. The Americas promotes the preservation, always pending, of Nepali identity and culture in the Americas.

6. The Ultimate Nepalese Cookbook

Review 📖

The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book is an excellent cookbook for any Nepalese cuisine enthusiast. The recipes are written clearly and concisely, which makes them easy to follow.

The book covers a wide variety of different dishes such as salads, appetizers, soups and stews, main courses, snacks, desserts, and drinks, a great help for making your own delicious Nepalese thali.

This Nepalese cookbook is pretty great for beginners looking for guidance and experienced cooks who want to enhance their skills with more challenging recipes.

About the Author ✍️

Pemba Lama is a chef, culinary tutor, and ex-Gurkha soldier. This is his first cookbook.

7. Taste of Nepal

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook is well organized: everything is clearly laid out, with information about what each ingredient does and how it can be used in recipes.

You will enjoy learning about Nepalese foods and diverse cultures through this cookbook. It’s an excellent resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge about Nepalese cuisine or just looking to prepare something new recipes to try out at home!

Review 📖

This Nepalese cookbook offers a unique combination of traditional and modern recipes that make it easy to adapt your own cooking style. It’s also not just a book of classic dishes—it includes sections on ingredients, how to plan and serve Nepali meals, and kitchen tools.

The book is organized into sections such as Momos, wontons, or After Meal Refreshers, which provides a great jumping-off point for new cooks who want to try their hand at making some of the more complicated recipes in the book.

About the Author ✍️

Jyoti Pandey Pathak is a Gourmand award-winning cookbook author. She was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, and now resides in New York.

8. Nepali Home Cooking for Healthy Living

Why We Love It ❤️

This Nepalese cookbook does not only include recipes—it has a section about spices and herbs that have great medicinal value and use in this cuisine and a section with tips for food and spice combinations.

This cookbook is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn how to prepare healthy and delicious Nepali food.

Review 📖

This cookbook is full of delicious recipes that are sure to help you live a healthier, happier life. The recipes are both simple and easy to follow, and the ingredients are organic and fresh. The author describes her recipes in detail and ensures that readers understand exactly what they’re doing before they begin. She explains why certain ingredients or techniques are essential, which will help anyone understand why you should use them in your own cooking.

About the Author ✍️

Cibeleh Da Mata and Sharada Jnawali 

9. Lands of the Curry Leaf 

Why We Love It ❤️

The book is well-written, with clear images that help readers visualize what they’re reading about. It’s definitely an interesting read if you’re already familiar with the cuisine of the subcontinent, particularly from Sri Lankan to Nepal, but want some new ideas on how to incorporate more vegetables into your diet!

Review 📖

This Nepalese cookbook is an excellent read for anyone interested in exploring the diversity of cuisine in the subcontinent, especially Nepal. Kuruvita takes us on a journey through these countries’ cuisines, sharing his knowledge and experiences as he travels throughout them.

The book includes a section called ‘The Subcontinent Pantry’ where he details the practical recipes to have on hand when making any dish from the subcontinent. There is also a section about spices, where the author describes the different types of spices and spice mixes.

About the Author ✍️

Peter Kuruvita is a chef, television presenter, restaurateur, and author. He has a lot of TV series and this is not his first and only book has already written two cookbooks.

10. Himalayan Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about Nepalese cuisine. The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and they are full of flavor. The book also includes information about health-related things like metabolism, diabetes, properties of common ingredients such as meat, beans, vegetables (among others), and calories. This cookbook does not only contain recipes but also helpful information we can use. So if you’re looking for a Nepalese cookbook with real Nepalese recipes that is more than just a cookbook, this is a good choice!

About the Author ✍️

Makar Jang Rai

Final Thoughts

Nepalese cooking is a fascinating and varied cuisine. It has been influenced by both Indian subcontinent types of food and Chinese cuisines, with some dishes being similar to those in both countries.

The cuisine is known for using spices, so many curries, and herbs such as ginger, garlic, and cumin. The cuisine is also known for its use of dal or lentil dishes, which are often served with rice. Nepal boasts some of the world’s most diverse and delicious foods, and it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

If you’ve been looking for a way to recreate the Nepalese dishes you’ve tried before, or if you want to cook their dishes in your kitchen, the 10 Nepalese cookbooks above will surely help you make your way through authentic Nepalese dishes.

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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