Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry

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Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry dinner for 2 will remind you of the Himalayan outback with a taste of your own hometown mountains.
You can't go wrong with Lentils, brown rice, potatoes, peas, carrots, and curry seasoning in a vegetarian and spicy main meal.
Serving Size: 15 oz.
Dry Weight: 6.62 oz.


  • Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents
  • Vegan-friendly product
  • 3) Stir and serve
  • Just mix contents with boiling water in the pouch provided—let stand, and serve
  • 2) Seal and let sit for 13 minutes
  • May contain traces of peanuts and/or tree nuts
  • 1) Add 2-3/4 cups of boiling water and stir well

Enjoy vegetarian curry rice with lentils and potatoes with the Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry freeze-dried meal.

Ingredients: lentils, precooked parboiled long grain brown rice, potatoes, carrots, peas, sauce (salt, garlic, turmeric, coriander seed, cumin seed, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, dill weed, fennel seed). Allergens: peas.

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Conjure images of the Himalayas just by making dinner with Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry - vegetarian-friendly blend of lentils, rice, and vegetables with a hint of curry spice. (Spring 2014)
The Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry offers a vegan-friendly option for spicing up your evening meal. Simply boil, seal, stir, and serve—dinner's ready in about 15 minutes.
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Calories from fat:15
Calories per serving:340
Carbohydrates:64 grams
Cholesterol:0 milligrams
Country of Origin:USA
Dietary fiber:32 grams
Dry Weight:6.62 oz.
Food Features:Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Type:No Meat
Gluten free:Yes
Preparation Time:13 Minutes
Protein:18 grams
Saturated fat:0 grams
Serving Size:Two 14 oz Servings
Servings:2 Servings
Servings per container:2
Shelf Life:0-3 Years
Sodium:1,220 milligrams
Sugars:9 grams
Total fat:1.5 grams
Trans fat:0 grams
Upc, Ean, Isbn:048143023098
Weight:6.6 oz / 187 g

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Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Rather than write a small review for each individual item I recently purchased I thought I would share it all in one concise review. (Note with most Mountain House I add 2-3 oz less than it recommends)
Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Blueberries and Milk – Favorite :) (serve warm)
AlpineAire Strawberry Honey Granola With Milk – healthy and good! (serve warm)
Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet (needs pan) – best quick eggs I have tried.
Mountain House Chicken Ala King – Favorite :)
Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry - Yum
Mountain House Macaroni And Cheese – Oh to be a kid again!
AlpineAire Chicken Gumbo – Delicious
Mountain House Potatoes And Cheddar With Broccoli – Favorite :)
Mary Janes Farm Organic Garlic Pesto Fry Bread – I love bread! (bring oil)
Mountain House Peas – Eat your veggies! Add 1-2 oz less water
Mountain House Corn – Favorite, Add 1-2 oz less water :)
Mountain House Green Beans – Add 1-2 oz less water
Mary Janes Farm Organic Brownies – Yes really good!
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich – Don’t get the Neapolitan, this is much better.
Mountain House Blueberry Cheesecake – Nice size berries, make in a bowl NOT the package. (Note it will NOT keep
Backpacker's Pantry Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes – The Mountain House Potatoes and Cheddar with Broccoli are MUCH
better even the resident mouse in our cave didn’t like it.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Bacon - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Ham - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a pan.
Mary Janes Farm Organic Couscous And Lentil Curry – Not bad but I like my curry with more curry!
Mary Janes Farm Organic Black Bean Corn Bread – Not bad but NOT cornbread just a bread with some cornmeal in it.
Mountain House Noodles And Chicken – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Pasta Primavera – Yet to try will update
Mountain House Mexican Chicken With Rice – Yet to try will update
Mary Janes Farm Organic Alfredo Pasta – Yet to try will update
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala – Yet to try will update

Sam Furner at on 05/18/2012

One of the best vegetarian freeze-dried

This is one of the few Backpacker's Pantry meals I really enjoy and don't mind eating whenever, wherever. A good vegetarian option (and there aren't many).

The curry is tasty and generally easy to prepare. My general observation with Backpacker's Pantry meals is that the rice does not reconstitute well. The water has to be really boiling and I give it extra time to sit. If you're at altitude, this may be difficult to do (so I wouldn't recommend actually taking this to Katmandu, elevation 1400m). The rest of the ingredients are all right. The other important trick is to stir well after adding the water, as the spices tend to aggregate in clumps if you do not.

The other downside is the saltiness (58% USRDA/serving). It's OK if you've been sweating on a trail all day, but less desirable when you're using this for a quick lunch at work.

As with most freeze-dried meals, if you're an adult male who's been hiking all day, you'll easily finish off the two servings by yourself. I prefer splitting two meals with my partner for variety (with the second meal typically being a lower sodium choice).
topchem at REI on 11/11/2008

Great Meal

I'm also surprised at how contrary the reviews for this meal have been. Personally, I love it!

Being a recently converted vegetarian, I'm always looking for nutritious meals, especially those high in protein. This meal was filing and tasty in my opinion and a definite purchase for my next trip.

I can't say the meal is particularly salty or overly spicy, as others have mentioned. I particularly like curry dishes for the taste, but also the health benefits from turmeric, which is the primary spice in curry. Google it! In fact, I add turmeric to many dishes I eat, including this one.

I tend to make most of my freeze-dried meals in a medium pot from my cook kit versus in the bag. I put in less water than is called for most every freeze-dried meal, and then add more if needed. I then let the meal stand for longer than recommended. By taking the aforementioned steps; it generally makes for better reconstituting and easier mixing of the ingredients.

As far as high sodium content, that seems to be an unfortunate component of most freeze-dried meals from my experience.
Marko Solo at REI on 08/08/2013

An outback favorite

Whoa! I've never seen such a divergence of opinion. But then nothing is more subjective than what tastes good. For me, this a go-to meal when I'm out in the bush. I'm a vegan and a low fat dieter, both of which make it tough to find suitable freeze-dried fare. Katmandu Curry is tasty, nutritious and calorie dense. I eat the entire pouch which contains lentils, brown rice, carrots, peas, potatoes and spices. Those who called it unhealthy might benefit from reading up on nutrition in the 21st Century. As for the comments regarding too much fiber - I have a sensitive gut on top of everything else and Katmandu Curry passes through perfectly. If you like lentils and brown rice; and you like spicy, you will probably like this item. Thanks, Backpacker's Pantry. Give us some more fare like this!
Boxerjockey at REI on 06/06/2013

A day of long miles rewarded

This was a fine meal at the end of day with some long mileage in the Sierra's and I really felt like I was being rewarded for the effort. Just as the guy at REI stated, the Katmandu Curry "has a curry flavor" (thanks for the insight man!). But seriously, it's a touch on the spicy side but tasty and filling. I cooked it for myself and as it's two servings, could not even finish it. I've had far worse meals for [$] at home. The only complaint I have is that it does take a while to stew (20+ minutes and more at altitude) which is a long time when your stomach is growling.
Kapelmuur at REI on 12/12/2009

Pretty Yummy!

I did not notice the gas problem that the other revewer commented on. For backpacking curry it really isn't that bad... sure, its not perfect, but its backpacking food. I've taken it on numerous backpacking adventures, and even just day trips with my little backpacking stove, and everyone who has tried it has loved it.... If its a cold day out and you've been on the trail a long time its great to have something with flavor and something warm... sure beats ramen!
jenmur at REI on 02/02/2008


Definitely one of the better freeze dried "dishes". I take this one every time I go on extended hikes or quick weekenders. Flavor, to me, is great and flavorful (for a freeze dried meal). I am not a big fan of salt and don't notice that it is oversalted like others report. I do like that it has a little kick of spice. Overall a great meal and one of the cheaper ones too. I will be buying this one again.
MountainMike at REI on 09/09/2011


It is easy to cook, just add boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes while you do something else. I thought the flavor was good and that there was a good amount of spice. It was a little too salty, but I am fine with that. It will come with us on every trip we take for at least one meal as it is the best vegetarian meal we have found so far.
nmoe at REI on 07/07/2009

Spicy, Filling and Delicious

I love curry, so I thought I'd give this one a try and I'm glad I did. Perfect kick to it, and super filling. I love all of the vegetables - peas, carrots and potatoes that you can actually see and taste with every bite. And, all of the lentils are an awesome source of protein. I'm vegetarian, so this dish is definitely a regular go-to for me.
Mitch17 at REI on 03/03/2013

Great option for vegetarians

Just got done eating this last night after hiking 10mi on Hood. I think there are only about three dinner veggi options from Backpackers and this one, along with the Pad Thai, are really tasty. It's spicy and has good texture. I add more water to make it soupy, then use a bagel to soak up the juices and nudge me into the full zone. I like it.
GottaGo at REI on 09/09/2011

Negative Reviews:

Tree Bark has Less Fiber + Tastes Better

I love curry, and when I saw this my first thought was, 'WOAW, this looks so awesome!' I looked at the nutrients and thought the numbers looked right so I got it. When I got home, a family member pointed out that this meal, with just one serving gave 120% of the fiber needed in one day. I am a big boy and had planned to eat this meal all by myself which consisted of two servings. About 240% of the fiber that I would need in one meal. That is scary when you are backpacking.

So when it came time prepare this meal, it looked like vomit. That was a turn off. When I started to eat this meal, it tasted like too many spices mixed into a bag of dry veggies and not at all like curry. That was another turn off. I powered my way through 2/3 of the bag before I just couldnt force myself to stomach any more of this wretched mess.Game over.

Please dont do this to yourself.
Big Ben at REI on 11/11/2011

By all means skip this one

I wish I could give this half a star, but REI only lets you rate it by full stars. Getting ready for the Atacama Crossing (a 250k self-supported foot race) I taste tested this beforehand. Wow talk about salty. But it was tolerable. And because I'm gluten intolerant and vegan, my options were few so I decided to include this as one of my dinners during the race week and particularly saved it for the long march when likely I would really want something salty. Long story short, the moment this touched my mouth I wanted to barf. It tasted like vomit. Granted my body had probably already shut down and was in shock from the beating I put it through so far, but this just goes to show that if you don't like it under normal conditions, you will HATE it when under difficult conditions. This meal is simply way too salty and intense for my liking.
mrestis at REI on 03/03/2011

Good for warmth...bad for friendships

I have experienced this product first hand...then gave a package away as a practical joke and got back the same will experience MAJOR flatulence. That's putting it mildly. Mediocre taste aside - you will enter your tent as friends and wake up sworn enemies after spending the night farting putrid odors into your nylon atmosphere. Dutch ovens, covered wagons...whatever you call them...they're horrible. Be warned.
Zachman at REI on 12/12/2007

I love Nepalise Dahl, but....

I was very excited about this when I saw it. However, on our recent trip in the Grand Canyon we found this dish had no flavor. Both my girlfriend and I agreed that this was nearly tasteless. Despite our starving state this was hard to put down.
GreatTreks[@] at REI on 10/10/2009

three thumbs down

I'm part of a backpacking group and this year three meal partnerships brought this meal- ALL of us could only call it dinner, and a over spiced and rather salty one at that. I'd pass this one up!
Susie HW at REI on 07/07/2010

Couldn't even eat it

I really could not even choke this down. I just didn't like the way it tasted and would not purchase again.
bklnbackpacker at REI on 01/01/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Serviceable enough

Let's face it, when you're going with light weight freeze-dried foods, if you expect them to be gourmet, you're in for a disappointment. So for its intended purpose, I think this item fits the bill pretty well. It isn't the best thing I ever ate, but it is one of the better freeze-dried backpacking meals I ate, especially considering that it doesn't require cooking and can be prepared in-pouch. I never had any problems with flatulance with it, so the comments regarding this, which already come across as the writings of an immature 6th grader, can be ignored.
Mark Myers at REI on 11/11/2008

I can see where people like this, but I personally did not love it. It had some kick, and usually I will eat one of these that is 2 servings with no problem. I was burnt out on this 1/4 of the way through. Keep in mind eating something spicy before bed while backpacking will make you drink a bunch of water which results in... If you're like me I don't like getting up in the middle of the night.

Michaelsoft_ at on 08/22/2013


People may think it's a juvenile humor thing but I'd have to agree w/ the might cause flatulence warning from the other reviewer. Read the label, this stuff has an outrageous amount of fiber, so much so that we started calling it "colon blow" in honor of the old SNL skit. consider yourselves forewarned. it's a bit boring too but tasty enough.
JpSLC at REI on 05/05/2009


The taste was strong, over seasoned a bit - and heavy on the sodium (salt side). My son could barely tolerate the amount of salt - its way up there! the meal was, OK... but would not eat again. Just too spicey and too much sodium to think about buying again.
grayindigo at REI on 05/05/2009