I used to be a pretty terrible cook.
I was really never taught how to cook when I was younger and I guess it set the pattern for most of my early adult years.
But when I met Rabindra, I started learning more about herbs, spices and a whole heap of weird and wonderful vegetables I’d never heard of before.
The first Nepalese food I learnt to make was dhal bhat comprising lentils (dhal), meat, usually chicken, and bhat (rice).
It didn’t take me long to realise that being able to cook good food was important for our relationship.
It may be old-fashioned but in countries like Nepal, nearly 99% of women do all the cooking and cleaning.
However it’s very different for us. We share the cooking and cleaning pretty evenly and because I work full-time, I can’t always be home early enough to cook dinner.
I set Rabindra’s world of fire when he realised I could actually cook decent Nepalese food.
I guess it’s true when people say that the way to a man’s happiness is through his stomach. Haha
When I cook for Rabindra’s friends they are shocked that I can cook momos and dhal bhat!
I actually really love Nepalese food. It’s very tasty and because he is so far away from home, and missing his mum and her cooking, it’s great that we can connect through learning and creating different Nepalese foods.
We both take turns cooking although I am beginning to enjoy it more and more. It’s become a bit of a hobby of mine and I prefer to cook.
Rabindra is getting used to other foods I make including pastas, salads and roast and now he quite enjoys it.
I must admit, I can still not stomach goat (the absolute favourite meat in Nepal). Rabindra looooovess goat. But alas, I do not like it.
I have made a few major changes though-
*I never used to coriander and now I put it on everything!
*I used to eat meat every day and now we eat vegetarian once or twice a week which would be a shock to anyone who knows me!
*The biggest change of all though, is that this steak-loving Aussie barely eats beef at home anymore. Because Rabindra doesn’t eat beef, it’s too hard to cook beef for myself and something else for him.
Here is a list of Nepali food I cook:
-Roti (more of an Indian food but still!)
-Dhal Bhat (using a variety of vegetable, chicken, pork, lamb)
-Chicken sande ko
I also love cooking Indian curries but I haven’t perfected these yet.
I’m still on the hunt to learn more Nepalese/Indian food so I’d love it if you can share some recipes and I’d be happy to share my recipes as well!