Nepali generally cook food at home. Nepali kitchen is very important part of the house. It is the place where all the nourishment and life-giving food is prepared for the members of the house. In a typical house, the kitchen is on the top floor. Kitchen is always kept clean and shoes are not allowed inside. People generally take bath before entering kitchen first time in the morning.
Nepali use their hands and all the fingures to eat food. As tasty the food, people lick their fingers much. Eating with fingers, give complete eating experience of Nepali food. Eating with spoons, knife and forks may miss the real taste of Nepali cuisine.
Traditionally Nepali foods involve a lot of preparation and cooking time. Foods are cooked siting on the floor. Most of the typical cooking fire place which use wood-logs are build on the floor.
One can see bunch of corns, onions and other items hanging from the top of the ceiling or the wall of Nepali kitchen.
People generally sit on the floor while eating. People sit on a rectangular wooden plank called Pirka and the food plate is kept on the floor while eating. Some prefer keeping plate on low-table made of wood too. All cutting, blending, mixing, cleaning and complete preparation of food takes place in the kitchen. Therefore, the sitting area is generally adjustable, in other words all the Pirkas are taken off after eating washed and kept in separate place after it get dried in sun.
Various types of vessels are used to cook. Not only the shapes but the type of metal may also differ for cooking pots. Iron, aluminium, copper and other metals are used for making different utensils. Different types of utensils are used to keep spices, achars and home made preserved foods. Wooden and clay-mud vessels are generally used to keep preserved foods.
Nepali use vegetable oil, spices, garlics and other items which produce strong smell while. One can smell food from outside home and find out what is cooking inside.
There are so many Nepali words for which it is not possible to get the exact and proper meaning. Few of them are below.