Choila - Traditional Newari food from Nepal

Choila

Choila is a traditional Newari Nepali dish that is made by marinating meat, typically buffalo or chicken, in a mixture of spices and then grilling it over an open flame. The marinade usually includes ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and turmeric, which gives the dish a bold and spicy flavor. Some variations also include mustard oil, yogurt, and lemon juice which enhance the taste.

Traditionally, choila is served with chiura (flattened rice), bhatmas (roasted soybeans), and achar (pickle). The dish is typically served as a main course and is often accompanied by rice, dal, and curries.


Choila is a popular dish in Nepal and is often served at festivals, special occasions, and as street food. In many festivals or special occasions, it is served as a part of a traditional feast called Bhoj. It is considered a delicacy in Nepal and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Choila can also be found in Nepalese restaurants around the world and is becoming increasingly popular among people who are looking for unique and delicious foods. The dish can be made with different types of meat and can be adjusted to suit individual preferences for spiciness. Overall, Choila is a flavorful and delicious dish that is a must-try for anyone visiting Nepal or looking to try traditional Nepali cuisine.

How to make Choila?

Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make Choila will vary depending on the recipe, but generally, you will need the following:

  • Meat (Buffalo or Chicken)
  • Ginger-garlic paste
  • Cumin powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Chili powder
  • Mustard oil
  • Salt
  • Green garlic leaves 
  • Yogurt (optional)
  • Lemon Juice (optional)

For the grilling: 

  • Grill the meat on a charcoal grill or gas grill until cooked through.
  • After well cooked, chop it into small pieces. 

For the marinade: 

  • Mix ginger-garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, mustard oil, salt, chopped garlic leaves, yogurt, and lemon juice in a bowl. 
  • Add the grilled meat (Buffalo or Chicken) to the marinade and coat well. 
  • Marinate the meat and leave for an hour.
  • Serve it with Chiura, Bhatmas, and Achar.

Note: You can adjust the quantity of the spices and other ingredients according to your taste preferences. It's also possible to add some other ingredients like Sesame oil, coriander powder, cilantro, etc. Some people also add chopped onions and tomatoes to the marinade to enhance the flavor.

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