Nepal is a spot for the adventurous kind of traveler. Of course, there is the Mount Everest and the Annapurna’s to climb for the true diehard athletes, fortunately, there is plenty to do for those who are less sporty like me. (Hey I’m a chef, I like cooking and eating that’s what I do) There are temples to be worshipped, jungles with tigers you can explore, and medieval cities and sacred sites to be admired. In short, Nepal is Nirvana for backpackers.
Even though 90% percent of the population is Hindu and only about 10 % is Buddhist. Buddhism is still taken very very seriously. Which makes sense because Buddha was born in Lumbini Nepal. Beautiful Buddhist temples can be found all over the country!
There are over 120 etnolinguistic groups in Nepal. It’s The population consists of 30 million people with over 120 ethnolinguistic groups. (How do you manage a country with soooo many languages?). The first language is Nepali which is very similar to the Hindi language which is natively spoken by about 45% of the population. To simplify things English is commonly spoken in government buildings, offices, and businesses.
Things you didn’t know about Nepal:
- The abominable snowman, also known as the Yeti, is a legendary apelike creature that is believed to frequent the high valleys of Nepal.
- Namaste the greeting that begins of ends your yogaclass is the standard “Hello” in Nepal.
- Nepal does not celebrate an independence day because they had never been under any foreign occupation. The nation is the oldest country in South Asia. Nepal became a federal democratic republic in 2008 after having a monarchical form of government until then.
- Unlike the common quadrilateral flags, Nepal is the only country where the flag is of two triangles. The upper triangle has an image of the moon while the lower triangle has that of the sun representing the two major religions of Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism. Although the current flag was incepted in 1962, the design is said to be 2000 years old. It is also said to represent the Himalayas.
- Ever worshipped a little girl as a goddess? Yes, you heard it right. If you are in Nepal, you shall witness the living goddess. Also known as ‘Kumari’, literally meaning virgin, pre-pubescent girls are believed to be the earthly manifestations of divine female energy or the incarnations of goddess Taleju, otherwise known as ‘Durga’ in India. They lived in temples and worshipped and driven in chariots during festivals. However, the goddesses retire on puberty or if they fall prey to illness or accidents.
- Sherpas are the ethnic community in the eastern part of Nepalese Himalayan Mountains, who are employed as porters. They are known to be immune to the effects of altitude due to their upbringing and genetics.
The dish is tasty and quick just soak your beans the night before!
- 1 can of bamboo shoots
- 2 potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup black-eyed peas
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon chilipowder
- 1 teaspoon fenugreek
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 red chillies minced
- 1 teaspoon of cuminpowder
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- 250 ml of vegetable stock
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- Salt to taste
- Spring onion
- Crispy fried onion
- Naan bread
- Soak the black-eyed peas overnight
- Heat oil in a cooking pot
- Add the onion, garlic chili and spices to the pan.
- When the onion is golden brown, add black eyed beans and tomato.
- Add Potato and fry it for five more minutes.
- Stir in the bamboo shoots and heat for few more minutes
- Pour in the veggiestock.
- Let it simmer till the potatoes are cooked.
- Enjoy with some springonions as garnish and nice naanbread!