Sel roti

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Sel roti
Sel Roti.jpg
Type Bread
Place of origin Nepal
Creator Nepalese
Main ingredients Rice flour, milk, water, sugar, butter, cardamom, cloves
Cookbook:Sel roti  Sel roti
Sel roti, Nepalese food
Sel Roti cooking in progress by Lohorung woman

Sel roti (Nepali: सेल रोटी) is a Nepali traditional home-made, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut. It is mostly prepared during Tihar, a widely celebrated Hindu festival in Nepal. It is made of rice flour with adding customized flavors. A semi liquid rice flour dough is usually prepared by adding milk, water, cooking oil, sugar, butter, cardamom, cloves, bananas and other flavors 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 local language,each one foot long is used for turning the bread while cooking.[2]

Sel Roti are cooked in bulk and can be stored on room temperature for a couple of days. Sel roti are often sent as special gifts to family members living away from home.


It is a delicacy - made mainly for the great Nepali celebration of the Tihar festival. Sel roti is unique to Nepal and has become an iconic symbol of Nepali culture and festivities. Sel roti is made and served throughout Nepal in the festival of Tihar (Dipawali), during wedding parties and other ceremonies. It is an essential food in most of Nepalese cultural and traditional events.[3] Selroti is often cooked during various festivals such as Dasain, Tihar, Teej etc. It is also cooked on ceremonies like marriage, bratabandha etc. by Nepalese women.


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  2. ^ Nepali Brihat Sabdhakosh 7th ed. Kamaladi Kathmandu: Praygya Pratisthan. p. 1299. 
  3. ^ Sel Roti We All Nepali