Krishnarpan: Preserving Nepal’s culinary culture

Photo Apr 19, 8 52 32 PMEditor’s note: Camels Fire is constantly on the move, exploring Abu Dhabi and beyond to discover the best spices and cheap, local eats. The following is a special report from Kathmandu, Nepal.

In Nepal, it can be surprisingly difficult to find restaurants that serve good, authentic Nepalese food.

Tourist guidebooks tend to highlight French, Italian, Middle Eastern or even Chinese options – but less often local food. When you do happen to locate a restaurant offering Nepalese cuisine, it will probably be a small place and will most likely specialize in one or two local dishes, like buffalo momos or chow mein.

Enter Krishnarpan, a fine-dining restaurant in Kathmandu that not only has delicious Nepalese food – it also serves a wide range of national cuisine that encompasses every part of Nepal’s culinary history, culture and geography, from Himalayan to Newari to the Thauru fare of the country’s lowlands.

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How to make a spicy cocktail with chili peppers

20140429-221300.jpgEditor’s note: Camels Fire is constantly on the move, exploring Abu Dhabi and beyond to discover the best spices and cheap, local eats. The following is a special report from Pokhara, Nepal.

In a country where hot peppers are a frequent ingredient in the cuisine, it’s only a matter of time before the beverages start becoming fiery too. And if you like a little kick in liquid form, there’s a bar in central Nepal that serves up a unique whiskey drink with fresh watermelon juice blended with spicy green chilis.

Darshan Lama, a 24-year-old Nepalese bartender, invented the fruit juice and pepper concoction a couple of years ago with his brother while sitting around waiting for customers.

“We were bored and just messed around with it,” said Lama, who serves drinks in a hotel bar in Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city best known for its mountain lake and hordes of trekking tourists.

The drink is refreshing while adding a little bit of burn that a spice-lover will thoroughly enjoy. Plus it’s good ice-breaker for your next party – and a way to impress guests with your mixing creativity and fearlessness in the face of this spicy concoction.

Here’s a step-by-step illustrated recipe so you too can make the drink:

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