Although Chitwan is a modern city, many parts of it are still in rural areas. Most of the part of chitwan is covered with dense forest. When you visit Chitwan, you are in Rural Tourism arena, for you have a direct affect on the lives of many villagers and rural folks. The food served there, consist of their own traditional taste. Dal bhat is the staple food of the area.
The food served in most of resort and hotels of Chitwan, geared toward the Chitwan wildlife viewers, is mix of local and western food. You would get Nepalese, Continental, Indian, Thai, himalayan Chinese etc cuisine. you probably won’t belive that the chefs are able to satisfy your taste, since it is a rural area. But it is incredible to learn that the chefs are 100% ready to experience with every dishes listed. Momo, Sukuti Khaja Set and other Newa Cuisine also available here. Indian and traditional dishes are super tasty.
Chitwan itself an amazing district of Nepal with lots of diversity and culture from every part of Nepal, anything you want you can grab there at Chitwan, hance called 76th district of Nepal. Beside of this here are the some best local food served and special at Chitwan.
1. Local Nepalease Terai/Tharu Style food
There is a whole range of river side restaurant in sauraha which serve local Nepalese terai style food. Tharu, one of the largest group of people lived in terai, are ready to serve you their mouth watering traditional food with a great hospitality.
2. Ghonghi , Delicacy of Snail
One of the most common foods in the Tharu community of Nepal, Ghonghi is often catered as delicacy, just the way others serve chicken or mutton. Known as escargot in France, where it is served as a delicacy too, this species of snail is served with the ground linseed soup. Usually, this dish is eaten by sucking the snail from its shell and is available all over the market place in Terai where the Tharu community resides.
3. TAAS ( Spicy fried goat-meat lunch dish served with Bhujia or Cheura)
“Tass” a well known dish in the Nepalese Restaurant industry and a great compliment snack for the drink. It is the spicy fried goat-meat dish. It has been our favorite snacks since ages. Chitwan is known for the tasty, fresh “Taas” they served. You would never forget the taste of spicy “Tass”, served with Bhuja or Cheura, you tasted there.
4. Nepali Thali Set
Mixed Taste of Bhatmas sadeko( roasted soya bean), alu tareko(potato fried), suruwa(soup) ets are starter with Nepali Thali set. sada bhuja(rice), kala dal(lentils), gravy chicken, roasted wild boar, Saag(seasonal fresh leaves), vegetables, and achar(homemade pickle) are main course and in desert, sikarni(Thick yogurt, shipped and mixed with dry nuts and cinnamon powder).Thali, according to me is the best way to relish Nepali traditional meals as you get to taste a variety of dishes in one go and the added advantage of this is you pay less and taste more.
5. Tandoori Chicken
As a lover of Indian food, I searched and experimented for a long time before finally coming up with this recipe for genuine Indian restaurant-style tandoori chicken that you can make in your own home oven. Combination of roasted chicken with yogurt and spices adds the taste of the era and will be the unforgettable for you.