Tonight's dinner is from Nepal. The inspiration for this simple meal came from a book called Little Princes by Conor Grennan. The book is an account of his life while volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. He said that their typical meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week was rice (bhat) and lentils (dhal). This filling and simple dish is great comfort food. I am not sure if I could eat it every meal for the rest of my life, but it was delicious for dinner in between church, homework, and catching up with friends.
Known for being the home of Mount Everest, Nepal is small but not forgotten. They just finished a civil war where the Maoists overthrew the previous Kingdom of Nepal. The weather can be stifling hot in some areas and bitter cold in others. If you like the heat, I don't suggest climbing Mount Everest.
Nepali cuisine gets a lot of influence from neighboring India. Basmati rice, curries, and flavorful spices come to play in many of their dishes. Other things are uniquely Nepali like momo dumplings. I chose to stick with the every day peasant food that most of the population survives on. I understand why it is a go-to meal. It's cheap, filling, and would be a great combat to the bitter Nepalese winters.