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Thakali Restaurants in Pokhara

Thakali Food is popular for its delicacy, selection of cuisine and incredible spices from the mountains.

Monika Khatiwada
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The tempting and healthy diets of Nepalese authentic food cultures is widespread. Among such tasty as well as healthy meals is Thakali Khana, which includes various authentic flavours of Nepal and serves a complete package of proper taste and diet. 

This blog is directed towards the convenience of people looking for what to eat in Pokhara that would give true flavours of Nepali culture, will be convincing to the taste buds and healthy. Thakali food, most popularly called Thakali Khana set, is popular all over Nepal, and most of the people have given the best rating to the food. 

Here, you will be acquainted with the top most restaurants in Pokhara, serving healthy, clean and delicious Thakali foods that will make your trip in Pokhara more awesome and memorable. 

Thakali food is known to have originated from the people of Thak Khola region( Thakalis; an ethnic group in Nepal) residing in Mustang district. Thakali food comprises mainly Dal, Bhaat, Tarkari, Masu, (lentils, rice, vegetables, meat)  but the recipes for the preparation of each item are unique. Being in Himalayan region and not very productive in terms of agriculture, Thakali food serves the dishes in dried form also. Also, this cuisine is less popular for vegetarians as the significance of  meat in Thakali food is quite popular. 

The food is made with spices like Timur that would help to keep your body warm in the shivering weather of mustang and himalayan region. This is the reason for Thakali food to have originated and become popular in Himalayan region. 

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    Thakali food

    Thakali food typically is a Khana set that comprises the following ingredients served as appetisers and main course and dessert. The buckwheat finger chips called Kanchhemba (Buckwheat finger chips), a dish made by boiling buckwheat flour in water with little bit of ghee and salt to taste until the mixture turns with thick consistency, this particular food is called Dhedo in Nepal; an authentic Nepali food. But for finger chips after this dough cools down it is rolled in the shape of finger chips and deep fried in hot oil. It is served with fresh Tomato pickle. 

    The main course is Dal, Bhat, Masu, Tarkari, (Lentils, Rice, Meat, Vegetables) and for vegetarians Masu(meat) is not served. Rice is usually long grain, served fluffy with a generous amount of ghee from the top. Lentil is made by adding a little bit of ghee and turmeric, ginger in it and later aromati Jimbu(herb belonging to the onion family)  is added at last. The main spice included in Thakali food is Timur (Szechuan Pepper), that gives a tempting taste and produces heat in the body. Meat is usually chicken or mutton, mostly cooked in mustard oil. The chicken meat also includes a little bit of ginger, while the mutton meat consists of garlic. The timing of adding ginger and garlic should be perfect else, the taste won't be as good as expected. 

    The dessert is sweet curd or fermented rice called Phopke, which is delicious and is made slightly intoxicating by adding some local alcohols like Marcha. Alcohol keeps the body warm.

    Thakali Khana also includes spicy fried potato, Gundruk (fermented leafy green vegetables) usually served as a pickle called Gundruk Sadheko, some spinach, white radish pickle, fresh tomato pickle and salads.

    Diet in Thakali food

    Thakali food is well popular for the complete package of diet and taste it consists of. There is a saying in Nepal, Dal, Bhaat power, 24 hour, emphasising the energised feeling one receives after consuming Dal, Bhaat. Thakali food along with Dal, Bhaat consists of various ingredients as mentioned above prepared in a healthy way and provides enough energy for an average person to sustain the entire day. The ghee added on the top makes the diet even more filling. Thakali food consists of spice like Timur, that produces enough heat in the body. 

    Thakali food and Ethnicity

    Thakali food originated from the community living in the Mustang district since the very beginning. They are known to have been residing in the Thak Khola region of the Mustang district.  The Thak-Khola region used to be a route for trade in the high Himalayas. And Thakali people used to import and export vegetables throughout the trade. 

    One of the most beautiful aspects of Nepalese is despite the country being full of different cultures and ethnic groups, each of us have respect towards others culture and lifestyle. Other people than the Thakali community love Thakali food and the food is on demand in most of the top restaurants in Nepal as well. 

    Reason behind the popularity of Thakali food

    Thakali food is widely popular inside the country today. Even the articles about Thakali food are seen beyond the borders; like in Indian websites. The main reason behind Thakali cuisine to gain much popularity is the diet it consists of and its taste. A food attracts the consumer when it is a complete bundle of taste and diet. Similar is the Thakali food. Inside Nepal also many of the big restaurants too, have demand for Thakali food. Thakali food is now served in most of the big or small restaurants. But for the authentic taste, restaurants must be chosen wisely. 

    List of Top Thakali Restaurants in Pokhara

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    Name of the Restaurant

    Location

    1

    Pokhara Thakali Kitchen 

    Gauri Marg, Pokhara

    2

    Mantra Thakali

    Pragati Marg, Pokhara

    3

    Maili Thakali Bhansa Ghar

    Lake side, Pokhara

    4

    Jetho Budo Bhansa Ghar

    Lake side, Pokhara

    5

    Airport Thakali

    Airport, Pokhara

    6

    Cheli Thakali

    Lake side, Pokhara

    7

    Fewa Thakali 

    Lake side, Pokhara

    8

    Thakali Bhanchha

    New road, Pokhara

    9

    Monalisa Thakali Restaurant

    Lake side, Pokhara

    10

    Mustang Thakali Kitchen Pokhara

    Mahendrapool, Pokhara

    Pokhara Thakali Kitchen

    This is the Thakali Kitchen located at Gauri Marg, Pokhara. The place is calm, peaceful with a vintage Thakali look inside. They usually serve Thakali Chicken Khana set, Thakali veg thali, Mutton curry, Kanchemwa, Mutton Sukuti, Chyangra ko Sukuti and other delicious Thakali foods. The ambience of the place is top rated with a good environment and atmosphere. It is a good place to catch up with your friends and for family dinner. 

    Mantra Thakali

    Mantra Thakali is located in Pragati Marg, Pokhara. It is known to serve the best thakali foods in pokhara. And the taste of mutton curry is praiseworthy. Along with the taste, the service and hospitality of the staff is also great. This place is calm and peaceful too. But gets busy between 11-2 as this is the time to have lunch. They serve Thakali Khana Chicken set, Pork chop, Mutton sukuti, Chicken Thali, Veg thali and other drooling stuff.

    Maili Thakali Bhansa Ghar

    The Maili Bhansa Ghar is also one of the popular places serving Thakali food located in Lakeside, Pokhara. This place serves the most authentic taste of Thakali food and is well known for the taste in Thakali Khana set. The service is also commendable. Their most famous menu includes Nepali Chicken Thali, Thali set Mutton, Veg, Dhido set Mutton, Veg, Chicken, Pangra fry, Pangra gravy, Mutton fry, Mutton gravy, chilly sausages and others.

    Jetho Budo Bhansa Ghar

    Jetho Budo Bhansa Ghar is another popular place in Pokhara serving delicious Thakali food. It is located in Lakeside, Pokhara. The food is delicious, and the service is also good. The ambience of the place is pleasing and the decoration is also authentic and beautiful. The menu, in spite of being limited, serves authentic Nepali and Thakali foods including dhido and sekuwa. The vibe of the place itself reflects Nepali culture. They serve Chicken Thali set, Chicken Sekuwa, Mutton Thali, Mutton sukuti, Thakali Mutton THaal, Kodo Dhido Set and other delicious stuff with reasonable prices.

    Airport Thakali

    This place is located near the Pokhara Airport, serving to satisfy the hunger of their customers with delicious meals and proper service. The place is clean, food served is tasty and fresh. Place is quite small but the flow of customers in the place is huge. They serve Nepali Khana set, Chicken Thakali set, Mutton Thakali set, Veg Thakali set . The mutton thali set of this place is very popular. 

    Cheli Thakali

    This place is located in Lakeside, Pokhara. It is a family restaurant serving the best Thakali food in the town. The place is clean and tidy and the staff are friendly too. The vibe of the place is cosy and comforting. They serve Thakali Mutton Thali, Chicken Thali set, Thakali Veg Thali, Thakali Pork Thali, Mutton Dhedo set, Fish Dhedo set, Veg Dhedo set, nuggets and fries. They serve a special Cheli Jwai Thali which is basically a Thakali Khana set served with steamed rice, Dal, mutton/chicken curry, chicken fry, fish fry, Bhutuwa (2 types of vegetables), Saag, Tomato Chaatne, Mula Aachar, Timur Alu, Karela Fry, Salad, Paapad and Gulab Jamun Dahi.

    Fewa Thakali

    Fewa Thakali is also located in Lakeside, Pokhara. The place is very clean and well managed. The Staff are also kind and friendly. They serve the Thakali food with authentic taste. The price is quite more comparatively. The service, ambience and taste altogether is excellent. They serve Chicken Thakali Set, Kunchhemba (Buckwheat Fries), Dameko Aloo, Pollo Tandori, Kichumba, Pollo Con Guarnicion and other delicious stuff. 

    Thakali Bhanchha

    This place is located in Chipledhunga, Pokhara, serving delicious Thakali meals. They are one of the best restaurants to serve the best traditional Thakali food. The quality, taste and freshness of the meals of this place cannot be competed. They serve Local Jhawai Kattye, Egg Thali, Chicken Chilly, Mutton set, Chicken set, Veg set, Also Dhedo set (Veg, Egg, Mutton and Chicken). Their reviews are also top rated. They serve the best Thakali food at a reasonable price. 

    Monalisa Thakali Restaurant

    Monalisa Thakali Restaurant is one of the oldest Thakali restaurants in Nepal. It has expanded in the entire country and one of the branches is near Basundhara Park, Pokhara. They serve authentic thakali meals with the best taste. The ghee they serve with the meal is very popular. One can enjoy the food with the spectacular view of Mt. Annapurna and Machhapuchre if the weather favours. They serve Mustang Aloo, Veg Thakali Khana Set, Chicken Thakali Khana set,  Sukuti Popcorn, Peri Peri Hammus, Kanchamba, Timur Chicken, Sukuti Gravy, Chicken Kedul, Kanzuri Chicken and other excotic dishes. 

    Mustang Thakali Kitchen Pokhara

    This Restaurant is located in Mahendrapool, Pokhara serving delicious Nepali/Thakali Thali. It is one of the oldest restaurants serving Thakali food with authentic taste. The hospitality of staff can also be also well rated. They claim to serve typical Thakali Dishes straight from Thak Khola Valley. This place is popular all over the country for its Thakali serving. 

    This article is expected to be a help for the ones being unable to choose the proper Thakali restaurants to dine on while visiting Pokhara. Hope you have a great meal and a great stay!

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