By Food E Fare

Mainsa is a traditional Newari dish from Nepal, particularly popular in the Kathmandu Valley. It is a type of fermented buffalo meat curry, typically enjoyed during festivals, celebrations, and special occasions. Here's a basic recipe for making Mainsa:


  • 500 grams buffalo meat, preferably lean and without bones
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 2 tablespoons mustard paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)


  • Start by cutting the buffalo meat into bite-sized pieces and thoroughly washing them under cold water. Drain excess water and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mustard paste, ginger-garlic paste, ground turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, chili powder, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.
  • Add the buffalo meat pieces to the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl and let the meat marinate for at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight, in the refrigerator.
  • After marinating, heat the mustard oil in a heavy-bottomed pan or pressure cooker over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the marinated buffalo meat to the pan and sauté for a few minutes until it starts to brown slightly.
  • Add enough water to cover the meat, reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan. Let the meat simmer gently until it is tender, stirring occasionally. If using a pressure cooker, cook the meat for about 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • Once the meat is cooked and tender, check the seasoning and adjust salt and spices if necessary.
  • Garnish the Mainh with fresh cilantro leaves if desired, and serve hot with steamed rice or traditional Newari bread like bara or sel roti.


Enjoy the rich and flavorful taste of Mainh, a classic Newari delicacy that celebrates the culinary heritage of Nepal! Adjust the spice levels according to your preference, and feel free to customize the recipe with additional herbs and spices for extra flavor.

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