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The students will be able to make up a menu for one
day that a typical Nepalese might eat.
1. Have the students come up with a menu for one day
that a typical American might eat. Write the menu on
the chalkboard as the meals are mentioned.
2. Either read the paragraphs on Nepalese food orally
or have the students read it silently to themselves.
3. Review with the class the main food that Nepalese
1. Read the paragraphs on Nepalese food and answer the
2. Create a menu for a day that a typical Nepalese
person might eat.
The students will research what a typical Nepalese
meal might be like, including all the courses. Have
the students prepare the meal at home and bring in
samples for the class.
Just like Americans, the Nepalese eat three meals a
day. Breakfast is eaten early and usually consists of
hot, sweetened tea and biscuits. Around 10:00 a.m.,
the Nepalese eat a hot, full meal for lunch. Dinner is
usually eaten around 9:00 p.m.
The food that a person might eat depends on their
religion, where they live, and their social status.
The consumption of beef is banned for those of the
Hindu religion. Rice is the staple of all Nepalese
food. People who live in the hill country eat quite a
bit of potatoes and barley. Potatoes might be boiled
or baked and dipped in salt and chiles. Potato
pancakes with fresh cheese are another favorite of the
Most households serve a rice-and-lentils mixture
called dhal bhaat. This might be served with
vegetables, eggs, spices, and occasional meat.
Chicken, lamb, goat, yak, and buffalo are some of the
typical meats. Meat is mainly served on special
occasions or celebrations. The people of the Terai
make a flat bread called Chapati. Chiura is ground
rice that is common among the Newars. One favorite
dish of the Nepalese is called achar, which is chutney
made from large radishes that grow in Nepal.
1. Prepare a menu for one day that a typical Nepalese
2. What are some differences in the eating habits of
Nepalese and Americans?
3. Does religion, location, or social status affect
what people eat in the United States?
bread made of flour. Another staple sometimes used in
place of rice.
rice or more traditionally barley beer. Chang is
traditionally drunk by the participants during the
puja before the climb of Everest.
soup with rice. This is a staple of the Nepalese
steamed or fried pork dumplings
spirit distilled from rice, potato or grain
often served in soup
barley flour, a staple food of Tibetans
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