Sel roti

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Sel roti
Sel Roti.jpg
Place of originNepal
Region or stateNepal, Darjeeling hills, Sikkim
Associated national cuisineNepal
Main ingredientsRice flour, water, sugar, butter, cardamom, cloves

Sel roti (Nepali: सेल रोटी) is a traditional, homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut that is consumed in Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling district and Kalimpong district. It is mostly prepared during Dashain and Tihar, widely celebrated Hindu festivals of the Nepali people.[1]

Preparation and ingredients[edit]

Sel roti is made of rice flour with added customized flavours that includes rose jail(gulab jail) and also vanilla chocolate. A semi-liquid dough is first prepared by mixing rice flour, milk, water, cooking oil, sugar, ghee, butter, cardamom, cloves, bananas and other flavours of personal choice.[2] The ingredients are mixed well by continuous stirring. Once the semi-liquid dough is ready, the dough is poured by hand into boiling oil or ghee in a ring shape and cooked on high heat until the bread turns light brown on both sides. Two sticks called Jhir in the Nepali language, each 1 foot (30 cm) long, are used for turning the ring-shaped bread while cooking.[3] Sel roti is cooked in bulk and can be stored at room temperature for at least 20 days. Sel roti is often sent as a special gift to family members living away from home or used as a prasad in pujas.


Sel roti is a traditional delicacy made mainly for the Nepali festivals of Dashain and Tihar. It has become an iconic symbol of Nepali culture and festivities and is made and served throughout Nepal during the festivals of Dasain, Tihar and Teej and during wedding parties, bratabandha and other ceremonies. Sel roti is also a traditional food of the Nepali-speaking communities in India, mostly in Darjeeling district, Kalimpong district and Sikkim. It is an essential food in most Nepali cultural and traditional events.[1][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sel Roti: The Nepali Doughnut That Is Infinitely Yummy". NDTV Food. 2017-12-09. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Nepali Brihat Sabdhakosh 7th ed. Kamaladi Kathmandu: Praygya Pratisthan. p. 1299.
  4. ^ Sel Roti We All Nepali.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Selroti at Wikimedia Commons