Delicious Bara Recipe: A Taste of Nepali Tradition

Bara, also known as ‘Wo’ in the Newari language, is a traditional Newari snack that holds a special place in Nepali culture. This savory delight is often served during festivals, birthdays, weddings, and various other occasions, symbolizing good luck. Resembling a rice-flour pancake, bara is a flavorful treat that pairs perfectly with Newari drinks like ‘Aila’ and ‘Chayang.’ It’s made from a base of petite yellow lentils, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and salt, resulting in a delectable and aromatic dish.


  • 2 cups petite yellow lentils (split moong lentils)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 cup oil (for cooking)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Soak the lentils in water overnight.
  2. Grind the lentils finely the next day, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed to create a smooth batter.
  3. Add salt, turmeric, garlic, and ginger paste to the batter and whisk it thoroughly.
  4. Heat 1/2 tbsp. of oil in a non-stick or cast-iron pan.
  5. Pour the paste into the pan, spreading it with a spatula to form a circle.
  6. When one side turns slightly brown, flip it to cook the other side.
  7. Once both sides are brown, the bara is ready to serve.

Serving: Serve the bara hot with your favorite beverage.

Recipe Notes:

  • Refrigerating the lentil mixture for a few hours enhances the flavors.
  • You can customize Bara by adding an egg topping or minced meat with an egg topping.
  • For a traditional touch, use mustard oil.
  • For extra flavor, consider adding asafoetida and cumin powder.

Bara is not just a snack; it’s a taste of Nepali tradition and culture. With its rich flavors and versatility, this Newari delight is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Try making bara at home and savor the authentic flavors of Nepal.

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