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Nepalese waa

The blessed ‘waa’ pancake

Nepalese are foodies. Especially the Newar community among the Nepalese – like me. Living away from home, I specially miss mum’s cooking – the spices, the chillies, the curries … So any chance I get, I jump on to making Newari dishes. And one fine day, the blessed“waa” (pronounced as the wa of water) was made in my kitchen. Waa is basically black lentil pancake made with or without minced meat. Back in Nepal, Waa is a delicacy served as a snack or an entree. Its not really a very fancy dish, so that often makes me wonder why its only reserved for special occasion. Anyways, as a reminder to myself and to anyone wanting to attempt it, here is the recipe: Make sure you have these: 1.5 cup split black lentils / urad daal This made about 20 waa 250 gm chicken mince 1 tbsp  each of finely minced ginger and garlic 1 tsp each of coriander and cumin powder 2 – 3 finely chopped green chillies – this really depends on your taste 1/4 cup  finely chopped green coriander 5 – 6 stalks of spring …

Nepali Dhaka

Bringing some life to our hallway with Nepalese ‘dhaka’

In the hilly regions of Eastern Nepal, women weave this gorgeous fabric called “Dhaka”, using traditional handlooms. I love the fabric for its uniqueness and beautiful patterns. While this is mainly used for making traditional clothing in Nepal, I thought I would frame it up (it deserves to be framed) and bring some life & charm to our otherwise boring hallway 😉  I had this piece of fabric specially ordered from Nepal and have carefully framed it. I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait to hang it up.

The Nepalese tradition of Bhai Tika

Did you know there is a “Brother’s Day”?

Nepalese have a very lovely tradition called Bhai Tika where we celebrate the brother – sister relationship. It’s like a Brother’s Day celebrated by the sisters – if that makes sense? Many of you probably now know Diwali (thanks to Obama for wishing all the Hindus on this festive occasion). Its generally known as the “Festival of Lights” celebrated in India. But you probably would not know that this festival is also celebrated in neighbouring countries like Nepal. We of course, call it Tihar its celebrated for 5days – each day having its own significance – the first day to the crows – yes the black bird. I don’t really know the reasoning behind this. The second day to the dogs. I unfortunately (and shamefully) don’t know the reasoning behind this either. But it’s a good day to celebrate man’s most faithful friend. And then the third is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi – the goddess of wealth. I certainly know why I want to please this goddess 😀  Then the fourth is dedicated to ones own health & …