Catering Services

Upohar, which means gift in Bengali, is a “social impact” business and offers a gift of employment opportunity paying living wages to resettled refugees in Lancaster, Pa. We celebrate our employees’ culture and heritage by preparing authentic food from their home countries. Our food is primarily vegan and naturally gluten-free. Our affordable, international and healthy menu distinguishes us from other ethnic restaurants in the area.

See below for menus. Pricing and packages are listed at the bottom of this page. For a la carte pricing, please submit a request or call 717-569-2782.

Entrées (actually, they are ensembles)

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Cumin Rice (basmati rice flavored with cumin seeds)
Masoori Dal (lentil stew with onions and aromatic spices)
Tarkari (fresh seasonal vegetable sautéed with potatoes, tomatoes cooked with aromatic spices)

To eat in the traditional manner, serve all the food on the same plate, mix to blend the flavors, and enjoy! If you like spicy food, order a Nepali salad and serve it on the same plate with the rest of the food. It adds a nice accent to the meal.

Bengali Entrée

From the state of West Bengal, India, and the neighboring country Bangladesh:bengali-food

Pea Pulao (basmati rice cooked with green peas and aromatic garam masala)
Chholar Dal (Bengal gram stew cooked with coconut, ginger and cumin seeds)
Shaak Bhaja (kale and eggplant sautéed with Bengali five-spice mixture) -OR- Shaada Tarkari (cauliflower and potatoes flavored with nigella and green chilies)

Bengali food is aromatic and a touch sweet, and not spicy (hot). Typically, a Bengali meal is eaten in courses: rice and dal with something fried, followed by rice and vegetables, etc. This menu may be eaten concurrently: mix the rice and dal, and eat each mouthful of the rice-dal mixture with a bite of a vegetable dish.

Sub-Saharan EntréeSub-Sahara African Platter

Nigerian Fried Rice (rice and mixed vegetables cooked with coconut milk)
Central African Peanut Stew (eggplant, bell peppers and tomatoes cooked in a rich peanut sauce)
Congolese Kale (kale sautéed with onions and tomatoes)

The creamy peanut stew calls for a textured vegetable dish like kale to round it out! A mellow and earthy meal.

Indonesian Entrée

Butternut Squash and Kale (simmered in coconut milk with ginger, lime and spices)
Seasoned Tempeh (marinated with garlic and spices, and golden fried)
Basmati Rice

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Vegetable Tagine (a Moroccan stew with tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, artichoke hearts and olives)
Couscous (North African pasta cooked with onion and thyme)

Salads and Sides

Nepali Cabbage Salad (shredded cabbage with sliced tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and toasted ground spices)
Nepali Cucumber Aachar (spicy cucumber salad with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and spices)
Alu Aachar (Nepali potato salad with toasted sesame seeds, red onion and cilantro)
African Cucumber Salad (chopped cucumber with peanuts, ginger and green chilies)
Loubia (Egyptian-style black-eyed pea salad with parsley and spices)
Asparagus Salad (fresh asparagus and green peas with a light mixed herb dressing)
Oven-roasted Yams (lightly seasoned or spicy, with or without red onions)


2528_502020253188064_1269635183_nOur appetizers include selections from the Middle East (West Asia) and South Asia:

Sanbusa (Iraqi-style baked turnovers filled with lightly-spiced mixed vegetables)
Vegetable Vadai (crunchy and lightly-spiced corn and lentil fritters) served with chutney
Shijar bil Firin (Iraqi-style zucchini frittata with cheese and fresh herbs)
Hummus (Iraqi-style chickpea dip with sesame butter, garlic and lemon juice)
Beguni (Bengali-style chickpea batter-fried eggplant flavored with nigella)
Sabudana Vada (tapioca pearl and potato fritters) served with chutney
Savory Tartlets (filled with butternut squash and kale in a coconut-lime sauce)


10411339_714092685314152_8949300665686577788_nOur desserts include selections from India, North Africa and Europe:

Coconut Kheer (coconut-milk pudding sweetened with palm jaggery and flavored with cardamom and rosewater)
Tranches d’Orange au Sirop (candied orange slices served with tapioca pudding flavored with cinnamon and orange blossom water)
Kolar Bora (Bengali-style fennel-flavored banana fritters in syrup)
Pumpkin Coconut Pudding (pumpkin pudding made with coconut milk and spices)
Stroopies Waffle Cookies (Dutch cinnamon cookies filled with caramel) — plain or chocolate-dipped


Our beverage selection includes:Masala Chai

Masala Chai (black tea brewed with milk, sugar, ginger and spices)
Lebu Cha (Calcutta-style black tea with lemon and rock salt)
Sharab al-Leymoun (lemonade flavored with orange blossom water and mint)
Coffee (regular or decaf)

Pricing and Packages

Packages are available for groups of 10 or more, and can be served either family/buffet-style or as boxed lunches. The following prices apply for pick-up or delivery; they don’t include services. We can provide a quote for services upon request — please let us know!

Lunch Package (Delivery or Pickup)

Standard package $13 per person

  • one entrée (choose from selection)
  • one side salad (choose from selection)
  • one Stroopies cookie
  • bottled water (other beverages for $2 per person)
  • disposable and compostable plates, napkins and cutlery

Standard package $17 per person

  • one entrée (choose from selection)
  • two side salads (choose from selection)
  • one dessert (choose from selection)
  • bottled water (other beverages for $2 per person)
  • disposable and compostable plates, napkins and cutlery

Please ask about breakfast, dinner and other packages!

We can provide quotes for the following upon request:

  • A la carte pricing and/or help with menu selection
  • Service staff/table service
  • Linen and China place settings

Submit a request or call 717-569-2782, and we will get back to you!