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.
Explore the world through food! Although our menus are designed by region, feel free to create your own international menu by selecting items from different regions. Tip: traditionally, all our stews are served on a grain (not eaten by itself from a bowl); and alongside, one or more vegetable dish or salad is served.
A typical Nepali menu would include:
Cumin Rice (basmati rice flavored with cumin seeds)
Masoori Dal (lentil stew with onions and aromatic spices)
Cabbage Tarkari (cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes cooked with aromatic spices)
Kale Saag (kale sautéed with garlic and aromatic spices)
Eggplant Tarkari (eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes cooked with aromatic spices)
Cucumber Aachar (spicy cucumber salad)
To eat in the traditional manner, serve all the food on the same plate (including the salad), mix to blend the flavors, and enjoy!
Bengali (South Asia)
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 sauteed with Bengali five-spice mixture)
Shaada Tarkari (cauliflower and potatoes flavored with nigella and green chilies)
Bengali food is aromatic and a touch sweet, and not at all spicy.
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)
Yams with African Tomato Sauce
Spicy African Cucumber Salad (with peanuts and green chilies)
The creamy peanut stew calls for a textured vegetable dish like kale to round it out.
Kamfounata (a Moroccan ratatouille made with roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and onion)
Ragout aux Épinards (Tunisian spinach and yellow split pea stew, flavored with garlic and cinnamon)
Vegetable Tagine (a Moroccan stew with mixed vegetables, artichoke hearts and olives)
Loubia (Egyptian-style black-eyed pea salad)
Couscous (North African pasta cooked with onion and thyme)
From the Middle East (West Asia)
Sanbusa (Iraqi-style baked turnovers filled with lightly-spiced mixed vegetables)
Shijar bil Firin (Iraqi-style zucchini frittata with cheese and fresh herbs)
Hummus (Iraqi-style chickpea dip with sesame butter, garlic and lemon juice)
The following appetizers are not available at the restaurant on a regular basis, but may be special-ordered for pick-up or delivery:
Akara Fritters (West African black-eyed pea fritters), served with hot sauce
Betinjan bil Laban (Iraqi-style broiled eggplant with a garlicky yogurt sauce)
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)
Stroopies Waffle Cookies (Dutch cinnamon cookies filled with caramel and dipped in chocolate) — contains wheat, eggs and dairy
Lebu Cha (Calcutta-style black tea with lemon and rock salt)
Sharab al-Leymoun (lemonade flavored with orange blossom water and mint)
Yes, we offer take-out! And full service too. For more information, visit our catering services page.
We serve lunch Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (take-out available until 2 p.m.) and dinner on Saturdays from 5:30-9 p.m. (last seating at 8:30 p.m.). We are BYOB.
241 W. Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(off Fruitville Pike, same side as K-Mart but the next block, around the corner from SaveMart)