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Preserved & Fermented Nepali Food

Air getting colder, days shorter and the nights come early, are the telltale signs of winter season in Nepal. Every season has its significance and its own set of excitement. Winter season brings beauty in the surrounding. People take pleasure in basking under the warm winter sun together with sweet oranges and peanuts and in numerous houses people leave heaps of veggies exposed sun, on rooftops and lawns.

Dehydrating food has been practiced in Nepal given that time immemorial, and is still typical. You can state that any place a Nepali individual resides, you can discover healthy and tasty fermented dishes. The custom that earlier began due to the need of preserving food, mainly for the time of cold winter, now has ended up being an option and lifestyle.

Though food fermentation and conservation is practiced all over the world, Nepali culture includes a wide range of ranges of these, some of which are enjoyed in winters include Gundruk (pickled/feremented leafy vegetebles), Masyaura (dried black lentils combined with various vegetable leaves), Mulako Achaar (fermented raddish), Biriya (fermented mustard leaves) and Kinema (fermented soyabeans).

According to the old tales of the Newar community, the history of Gundruk and Mulako Achaar originates from Kirtipur. When the then King Prithvi Narayan Shah damaged all the fields in process of recording their kingdom. The deficiency of vegetables led the Newar neighborhood to start drying raddish and mustard leaves and additional explore them resulting to such scrumptious delicacies.

Gundruk is one of the most common and extremely taken pleasure in variations of fermented vegetables from the oldest time in Nepal. It is found in almost all parts of the nation and is made up of Raayo Saag (mustard leaves), Mulako Saag (raddish leaves) and others. This special is so enjoyed that Nepali's living in foreign countries make certain to load a handful in their travel suitcases at the end of the home check out.

Making Gundruk begins with drying the cleaned vegetables in the sun for couple of days. After wilting in the sun, they are crushed, taken in hot water for a while and kept in airtight container for a week. It is believed that the longer it is kept in the container, the much better taste it is. There are a few traditional tools used in crushing the dried veggies such as Dhiki (rice/millet beater) or Silauto-Lohoro (pair of stone grinders). Even the fermentation is made with standard pots like Kasaudi (a round, narrow-mouthed rice cooker made from thick brass or aluminum), Dekchi (a deep sauce pan) or other containers. Later on, the fermented leaves are left in sun to dry prior to being saved. After the Gundruk dries out entirely, they are safe to store for as long as one desires. Gundruk can be prepared and consumed in various methods, like Gundruk ko Achar, Gundruk Sadheko, Gundruk Bhatmas Sadheko and Gundruk ko Jhol, to name simply a couple of. Gundruk curry is typically served with a Thakali meal.

Masyaura is another popular dried and fermented vegetable, generally made of Maas ko Daal (black lentils) and Karkalo (taro leaves). In the process of making Masyaura, the lentils are soaked and ground and after that combined with well-minced vegetables and churned till the batter is a sticky paste. The paste is developed into little nuggets which are hand shaped and dried for a couple of days under the sun. As the nuggets dry out entirely, they are kept away. Masyaura is thought about to have high nutritional worths and is abundant in carb, proteins and minerals. It is mainly discovered in the eastern sloping area of Nepal and tastes best when prepared with potato curry.

Mulako Achaar
Found throughout the country, Mulako Achaar is finest enjoyed in winter. Well cleaned and cut pieces of radishes are dried in the sun for couple of days. Dried radishes are well seasoned, made by blending it with various spices such as turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and boiling oil. The pickle can be stored for a long time and is consumed primarily with our staple rice meals.

Biriya popular in the Terai is primarily preserved in rainy season than in winter season due to flood risks as green veggies end up being challenging to find in the market. Biriya is practically comparable to Gundruk. Biriya is somewhat wilted green veggie, Raayo or mustard leaves are generally covered with black gram paste. They are then left to dry for some days, after which they can be maintained like Gundruk. Biriya is mainly consumed in a kind of curry along with potatoes. It is thought about to be really healthy and its health benefits including helping in food digestion, weight management, and enhancing the body immune system.

Kinema is a famous delicacy in the Kirat neighborhood from the eastern Himalayan regions of Nepal and likewise in Darjeeling, Sikkim and other parts of India and Bhutan where Nepalis live. It is a sticky fermented soybean. To make kinema, the soybeans are taken in water overnight and after that boiled 2-3 long hours. The excess water is eliminated and smashed to become a paste. A percentage of fire wood ash is added to the soybean and after that they are covered with cloth. Later on, they are put into a jute bag or a bamboo basket and hung above the cooking area oven for about three days. Kinema is typically taken in within a few days of preparation as curry combined with green vegetables.