Newa cuisine is a subset of Nepalese cuisine that has developed over centuries among the Newars of Kathmandu, Nepal. Newa cuisine is the most celebrated food variety in the country that consists of over 200 dishes. It is more elaborate than most Nepalese cuisines because the Kathmandu Valley has exceptionally fertile alluvial soil and enough wealthy households to make growing produce more profitable than cultivating rice and other staples.
Food is the integral part of Newar culture. Different kind of foods are prepared for different occasions, considering the climate and nutritional needs for body. Newars are renowned for their sumptuous feasting. Dishes served during feasts and festivals have symbolic significance.
Sapu Mhichā (Newari language: सपू म्हिचा, "tripe bag") is a special dish consisting of buffalo leaf tripe stuffed with bone marrow. It is boiled and fried. Sapu Mhichā is a specialty of the Newari cuisine of the Kathmandu Valley and is prepared during special occasions.
Kwāti (Nepal Bhasa: क्वाँटी (where क्वाँ= hot and टी = soup); Nepali: क्वाँटी) is a mixed soup of nine types of sprouted beans. It is a traditional Nepalese dish consumed on the festival of Gun Punhi, the full moon day of Gunlā which is the tenth month in the Nepal Era lunar calendar. The feast day coincides with Shravan Poornima of the month of Shravan in the Hindu lunisolar calendar which is celebrated as Janāi Purnimā (Raksha Bandhan), the festival of the sacred thread.
Chhwela (Nepali: छ्वेला) is a typical Newari dish that consists of spiced grilled buffalo meat. Though the dish is traditionally popular with water buffalo meat, nowadays mutton, chicken & duck meat are also being used. Usually eaten with rice flakes (Chiura), this dish is typically very spicy, hot & mouth watering. It is considered a necessary part of the diet in festivals among the Newar community along with several other ingredients. It is also an important ingredient of Samay Baji.
Chatānmari (Nepali: चतांमरि, romanized: catā̃mari, Nepal Bhasa: चतांमरि) is a kind of rice crepe. It is a traditional specialty of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal and is eaten during festivals and other special occasions. Chatānmari is now widely eaten as a snack and has become popular among other cultures, too.
Samay Baji (Nepal Bhasa: समय् बजि) is an authentic traditional dish of Newar community in Nepal. In recent years this food has become one of the main attractions of Nepal. It is considered as a typical dish of the Nepalese people. This dish has been passed down from many generations and is still much appreciated by the people. There are no specific seasons for this dish to be served but, mostly served during auspicious occasion, in family get-together and Newari Festivals. Samay Baji consists of many items on a single plate. Among them are chatamari, beaten rice ("Chyura"), bara, barbecued and marinated buffalo meat ("Chhwela"), fried boiled egg, black soybeans("Bhatmaas"), spicy potato salad("Aalu-Wala"), finely cut ginger(known as "Palu"), boiled beans mixed with spices("Bodi ko Achar"), green leaves("Saag") and alcohol specific to the "Newar Community" called ""Ayla".
Juju Dhau is a sweetened custard-like yogurt that comes from Bhaktapur, Nepal, and is an important component of all feasts and celebrations. Juju Dhau literally means "king of yogurt" in the Newari language. While cow's milk is used to make regular yogurt, fresh buffalo milk (bhaisi) is traditionally used for Juju Dhau, resulting in a richer taste and texture. To make Juju Dhau, the milk is boiled, sweetened, mixed with culture, and poured into decorative, natural red clay pot called maato ko kataaro. It is then placed in a warm area, on a bed of paddy husks (the papery covering of rice grains), covered with another kataaro on top, and wrapped in several thick cotton blankets to maintain a warm temperature while the yogurt sets.
Yomari, also called Yamari, is a delicacy of the Newar community in Nepal. It is a steamed dumpling that consists of an external covering of rice flour and an inner content of sweet substances such as chaku. The delicacy plays a very important role in Newaa society, and is a key part of the festival of Yomari punhi. According to some, the triangular shape of the yamari is a symbolical representation of one half of the shadkona, the symbol of Saraswati and wisdom.
Bara is a traditional Newari snack which is more like a pancake made of black lentil. It is healthy as well as hygienic food and is one of the popular foods in Nepal.
Gwaramari literally means "a round loaf of bread". Gwaramari consists of two words, Gwara and Mari. “Gwara” means round shaped and “Mari” means bread. It is very easy and interesting newari food recipe (sub category of Nepalese Cuisine). Gwaramari is generally eaten as breakfast in Newar Community.
Lākhāmari (Nepalese: लाखामरि) is a type of sweet of Newars. It is made of flour, sugar, butter and other ingredients. It can be made in different shapes and are named differently depending upon the shapes. It is customarily given to guests of marriage ceremony in some Newar subculture. Prior to marriage, the groom has to provide 'lakhamari's to the bride's family, which they will send along with the invitation card for marriage. However, lakhamaris will only be sent to close relatives. Lakhamari can be stored in dry for many days.