Bhat or Chawal means boiled rice in languages such as Assamese, Nepali, Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, Garhwali and Maithili. At higher elevations in Nepal, above 6500 feet, where rice does not grow well, other grain such as maize, buckwheat, barley or millet may be substituted in a cooked preparation called dhido or atho in Nepal. Bhat may be supplemented with roti in Nepal (rounds of unleavened bread).
Dal bhat is often served with vegetable tarkari or torkari (तरकारी in Nepali) – a mix of available seasonal vegetables. It is also called Dal Bhat Tarkari (दाल भात तरकारी) in Nepali. There may also be yogurt or curry made of chicken, goat meat or fish. A small portion of pickle (called achar) is sometimes included. There is saying in Nepali " Dal Bhat power 24 hour".