Going to Nepal? That small country with the highest mountain on earth, the venerable Mount Everest; that spiritual abode of the gods, the birthplace of Lord Buddha? Well, happy journey. We know you’re going to have an exciting time, what with all that trekking through deep valleys and high mountain passes, and along swinging suspension bridges over torrential mountain rivers. But, hold on, when in Nepal, do take some time out to learn some Nepali cooking so that you can conjure up some delicious and unique Nepali dishes.
What’s so special about Nepali cuisine, you say? Plenty, seeing as to how this small country is wedged between two of the world’s greatest cultures, China and India—you know that there’s nothing quite like Chinese cuisine as far as variety is concerned, and similarly, there’s nothing quite like Indian cuisine, what with all those exotic spices they use. Well, now you might agree that there could be something special about Nepali cuisine as well, influenced as it is by these two ancient cultures. However, know that Nepal does have its own unique identity, and yes, its own unique Nepali cuisine as well. So then, let’s see where you can learn Nepali cooking when in Nepal, specifically in its capital, Kathmandu.
One great place is located slam bang in the middle of Thamel, that place where most tourists make a beeline for when in the capital. It’s called, simply, “Nepal Cooking Course”. They have three different packages, all of which provides you with a complimentary one-hour course in Nepali language in addition to the cooking class that begins at 7:00 a.m. and continues till you are finished (usually by noon). The first package gives you a day’s worth of Nepali cooking lessons; the second is a three-day course; and the third goes on for five days. You get to learn how to prepare bread, curries, and pickles if you opt for the first one; these, and other typical mountain cuisine as well as puddings if you opt for the second; and all this plus special dishes that are made during festivals, weddings, etc. if the third package is what you have gone for. As for costs, it’s Rs. 1500, Rs. 4000, and Rs. 6500, respectively. All the packages have a common beginning in that, you go to the local farmer’s market to buy all your ingredients for the day, and a common ending as well, in that, you get to eat and share your own-cooked food with friends after everything is over and done with.