Sel roti

Sel roti
Type Bread
Place of origin Indian subcontinent
Region or state Indian subcontinent
Associated national cuisine India, Nepal, Bhutan
Main ingredients Rice flour, water, sugar, butter, cardamom, cloves
Cookbook: Sel roti  Media: Sel roti

Sel roti (Nepali: सेल रोटी) is a traditional homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly prepared during Dashain and Tihar, widely celebrated Hindu festivals in Nepal and Sikkim and Darjeeling regions in India.

Preparation and ingredients

It is made of rice flour with adding customized flavours. A semi-liquid rice flour dough is usually prepared by adding milk, water, cooking oil, sugar, ghee, butter, cardamom, cloves, bananas and other flavours of personal choice.[1] The ingredients are mixed well by stirring. Once the semi liquid dough is ready, it is deep fried in boiling oil or ghee.

The dough is poured by hand on home-made shortening or oil in ring shape and cooked on high heat until it turns light brown on both sides. Two sticks called jhir in the local language, each 1 foot (30 cm) long are used for turning the bread while cooking.[2]

Sel roti are cooked in bulk and can be stored at room temperature for least 20 days. Sel roti are often sent as special gifts to family members living away from home or used as prasad in puja.


Sel roti is a delicacy - made mainly for the great Nepali celebration of the Dashain and Tihar festivals. It is unique to Nepal and has become an iconic symbol of Nepali culture and festivities, and is made and served throughout the country during the festivals of Dasain, Tihar and Teej; and during wedding parties, bratabandha and other ceremonies. Sel roti is also a traditional food in Nepali-speaking communities in India, namely Darjeeling, Sikkim, Siliguri and Kalimpong. It is an essential food in most Nepalese cultural and traditional events.[3]

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  2. Nepali Brihat Sabdhakosh 7th ed. Kamaladi Kathmandu: Praygya Pratisthan. p. 1299.
  3. Sel Roti We All Nepali
  • Media related to Sel roti at Wikimedia Commons

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