London: Nepal Foods, in collaboration with BBC Masterchef Second Runner-Up Santosh Shah, has introduced a range of authentic and exotic Nepali foods in the United Kingdom.
Launching the products at a ceremony organized at the House of Lords on Monday, the second runner-up in the BBC MasterChef: The Professionals in 2020, Shah said he was happy to launch ready-to-eat authentic Nepali foods in the UK.
“All you need to do is boil the water, drop the whole packet in the warm water, and wait for a few minutes. Now you can eat it with bread, rice, or as a soup,” Shah said. He said the shelf life of these products was 18 months and they could be kept at room temperature. “This is another addition of Nepali food to the world,” he said.
“My mission has always been to put Nepalese cuisine on the world map and to show the world how amazing Nepalese cuisines are,” said Shah.
The products launched on Monday include Aloo Bodi Tama (potatoes with bamboo shoots), Mustang Dal (lentils from Himalayan district of Mustang, Nepal), Qwanti (mixed beans sprout curry), Chana ko dal (split chickpeas lentil) and Maas ko dal (black lentil).
Brand director of Nepal Foods and CEO of Market Direct, Bikash Nepal, said that each product has been overlooked by MasterChef Santosh Shah to make sure the texture and taste are authentic. “To ensure the flavor, taste and texture of these products are as traditional as you would find it in Nepalese home, Santosh had to personally make visits to the factory and taste them himself,” he added.
Nepal Foods also announced that they have launched the Nepal Foods Foundation charity and have joined hands with PHASE Worldwide, a British charity. “We want to give back to the community, especially to those farmers who they buy their products from,” said Nepal.
“We are very proud of our partnership with Nepal Foods,” said Billy Curryer, Director of PHASE Worldwide. “With our partner, PHASE Nepal, we focus on health, education, and livelihoods,” he added.
Ambassador of Nepal to the UK, Gyan Chandra Acharya, said that this was a very good example of food, trade and culture – a composite whole. “Nepal-UK bilateral trade is very limited and we want to improve it,” said Acharya, adding that quality and branding are very important. “It’s no less an achievement to make your products available in a very competitive market like the UK. Make Nepal known to the culinary world in the UK and abroad,” he added.
Nepal Foods said that their products will be available in Nepalese stores across the UK and some large Indian stores later this week. Those living in the UK can also order online at www.nepalfoodonline.co.uk, it said.