In Nepal, there are two main meals a day. Almost every ethnic group has its own set of recipes. The main staple foods of most
Nepalese are Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari, which is lentils, rice, and curry of some kind. Nepalese food is very similar to Indian
food, but with less spices. It also has been influenced by China.
People always eat with their right hand in a metal plate divided into compartments. Once a (non-Hindu) foreigner has touched
food, that food becomes 'jutho' or polluted. After food is polluted, a (Hindu) local cannot touch it.
The status and wealth of someone in Nepal can often be determined by how they eat. The poor often dine on only rice and
lentils with only a dribble of curry sauce, while the wealthy have much curry, of all different varieties and flavors.