A staple food, sometimes simply referred to as a staple, is a food that is eaten routinely and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet in a given population, supplying a large fraction of the needs for energy-rich materials and generally a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. Most people live on a diet based on just a small number of staples.
In Nepal, Dal-bhat-tarkari (Nepali: दाल भात तरकारी) is eaten throughout the country. Dal is a soup made of lentils and spices. This is served over steamed rice bhat with seasonal vegetable curry, and tarkari. Condiments are usually small amounts of extremely spicy pickle known as achaar (अचार) which can be fresh or fermented. There may also be yogurt or curry made of chicken, goat meat or fish.