Nepali Dal Bhat or Dahl Bhat, is a dish made of lentils and rice. It is considered to be the national dish of Nepal. One can see how this comforting combination of flavors and heat, would be perfect on a cold day.
The rice or bhat is either boiled or steamed. It is often served in the middle of the dish and surrounded by the dal/lentils and perhaps some other curries, achar’s or chutney’s.
Nepalese eat this dish at least once a day. It is considered to be a well balanced meal. Lentils come in different colors and have good health benefits. This one was made with red lentils but you could use any color that you like or have on hand.
This is easy to make and the dal has all the flavors of Nepalese cuisine. Some of the flavors are garlic, onion, ginger, coriander, turmeric and some heat from red chili pepper. When you trek in the Himalayas you will eat this everyday. Depending on how tough the trek will be determines how many bhats you should eat. It is always vegetarian and contains plenty of carbs, protein, fluid, vitamins and minerals. Nepali Dal Bhat is exactly what the body needs for energy while trekking.
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