Sel Roti Recipe, the Nepalese celebration bread

Sel roti is a Nepalese sweet ring shaped bread, which is deep fried, similar to a doughnut.

It is usually prepared during Tihar (a Hindu festival in Nepal, similar to Diwali, celebrated usually in October time).

This is the recipe we learnt at the excellent Nepalese Cooking School in Kathmandu:

Ingredients for sel roti

  • 1kg of rice flour
  • 500 grams of wheat flour
  • water as required to make the dough liquid like
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons of sugar
  • 500 ml of vegetable oil for deep frying the bread
  • Spices: fenugreek, cardamon, cinnamon and clove:
Ingredients and Spices for sel roti celebration bread
Spices for sel roti Nepalese celebration sweet bread

How to make Sel Roti step by step

1. Mix the two flours with a some water to make a dough. Knead it thoroughly and continue to add a little bit of water to make a liquidy dough, which is a little bit sticky:

The liquid like dough for sel roti
“What a pretty apron!”
Stefan showing the liquid like dough for sel roti

2. In a grinder, grind together the cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and fenugreek and add this to the dough.

3. Add the sugar and baking powder to the dough.

4. Knead the dough thoroughly to mix in all the spices, sugar and baking powder.

5. Leave the dough at room temperature covered with a tea towel for around 3 hours.

6. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and put one small round pot at the bottom to give a round shape.

7. Take a handful of the dough in your hand and gently pour it in the pan to make a circular shape.  This is hard and takes some practice.

This video is from our Nepalese cooking class, where teacher Eanu shows Sebastien how it's meant to be done:

And the final result looks like this:

Stefan making Nepalese celebration bread
Bon appétit bien sur!

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Hi there! We are Stefan and Sebastien, Greek/French couple behind the travel blog Nomadic Boys. Since we met in 2009, we have been travelling all around the world together, visiting over 100 countries.

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