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Sel Roti Recipe

Updated on August 27, 2010

This is my first time writing a recipe so please do let me know how I can improve. This sel roti or circle bread literally, although it can take quite some time preparing, is worth it once you finish cooking. It can be eaten as a snack by itself, or together with some side dishes if you like, such as aloo dum(potato curry basically). It is usually made during festivals in Nepal.

I used to have a really tough time making this dish because it never turned out the way I hoped. When I first got married, I decided to give it a try as my dad liked to eat it from time to time. But the first few times that I did try, although the shape was there, it was either just too thin or a little too hard to chew. hehe But as said, practise makes perfect. And that was the case with me. So below, I have written down the recipe and steps as simple as I can make it. Hope you enjoy it. This makes for about 25-30 sel rotis. (It depends on how thick or thin, and how big the roti is.) I've given this amount as I'm used to making this much. You can try using 5 cups.


8 cups of rice soaked in water for around 2 hours.

plain flour





1. First, make sure that you soak your rice in normal tap water for around 2 hours. This makes it really easy to blend and at the same time, makes the bread soft.

2. Once the rice has been soaked, drain the water, although not completely as you will need it when you blend the rice in the blender.

3. Then, start blending the rice little by little in your blender. Don't make it too thick or too watery. After all the rice has been blended, touch it a little. It will feel a little thick and coarse, because of the rice of course.

4. Put in plain flour, roughly about a third of the blended rice. Not too much. The flour makes your bread soft, and not putting in too much allows your bread to be a little crispy too, although it takes practise for this. Add in ghee at the same time.

5. Add in sugar to taste. I usually like mine sweet, but you can add it accordingly although a little sweet is how most prefer it. You can use your little finger to touch it a little and taste it.

6. Once everything is added, then you start mixing it. You can add in a little water if you find it too thick or a little flour if you find it too watery. Keep mixing until the mixture, when you scoop it and pour it, it seems like it will make a good circle.

7. You can leave it for another hour. This allows the mixture to settle down when you cook it later, it'll become better. Or if you actually soaked the rice for longer than 2 hours, maybe 3 or 4, then you can start cooking it immediately.

8. Set your wok or deep frying pan on the stove and pour in your oil, maybe to half of the pan and let the oil heat. Set the fire to medium heat or a little more as that helps the bread to 'fill' out nicely. Some find it hard to scoop the mixture in their hands and make a circle while letting it pour out as their hands might be a little small as in my case. Thus, I actually use a bottle, or rather, I cut up a 500ml mineral bottle and use the part that gives a funnel shape; the part where we drink.

9. Once the oil has heated, pour your mixture into your 'funnel', with your fingers covering the hole to prevent it from dropping, then bring it to the oil and make a circle, taking away your fingers and letting the mixture pour out.

10. Let it cook one side for a few minutes, then turn to the other side. You can use a stick, fork or chopsticks to lift them. Drain the oil a little, and there you have your bread. It's ready once it turns brown, not that dark of course. And you repeat steps 9 and 10 until your mixture is finished.

Just reading this might be confusing, so I've posted a simple video or rather pictures, to help you out. You might be able to find more videos in youtube, too. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Simple Sel Roti Demo


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      sminut13 4 years ago from singapore

      yes I am, I am glad as well find others. it's definitely up and I keep learning new things ever since my recent visit to Nepal but then keep forgetting again. I'm going to have to call up some experts for tips lol

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      sminut13 4 years ago from singapore

      omg!!! is this anu??? wow thanks so much hehe yea i'll be sure to amend it, thanks for the feedback :)

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      AT 4 years ago

      Hi Smi :)

      So good to accidentally find your hub or blog... as you know I had a craving for selroti this tihar and wanted to look for good recipes. Hehe, and here I find one posted by my childhood bestie. Good job on writing it, I think it would help how much ghee or sugar you would normally put - although I know it varies with one's taste. Anyway, it looks like I have to make some soon since you and I are thinking of the same things oceans apart! Love.

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      jirel 4 years ago from Philippines

      Are you from Nepal too? That great. I am always glad to see Nepali hubbers.Making sel roti is a tough job. :)Voted up.

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      sminut13 4 years ago from singapore

      sry for the delay, enjoy, do note that the fire has to be high heat for the bread to turn out good. good day.

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      sminut13 4 years ago from singapore

      Yep, it sure needs a lot of practise. Even till now, I at times have problem with my mixture. thanks for responding, good day.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Interesting. Looks yummy. Seems like it does take some practice to get that funnel shape.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'd never heard of sel roti before reading this hub, but am now interested in giving your recipe a try.

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      sminut13 6 years ago from singapore

      thanks all for your responses.

      @kriti, thanks, i hope you've had some success. don't worry if you have not, as it takes practise. i still haven't 'mastered' it hehehe i didn't know where exactly to get a funnel so i decided to improvise and that helped. best of luck.

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      Kriti 6 years ago

      I really like the creative idea of using a mineral water bottle to make the doughnut shape rather than having a funnel! :)I'll make some soon following your instruction!

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      keripik setan 6 years ago

      it looks like donut

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      kitty meow 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for sharing your receipe. Well done, Keep it up .

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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      thanks sabeena, hope it turns out well. for me, i had to practise a lot as i'm not that good at cooking. best of luck:)

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      sabeena ghimire 7 years ago

      thanks a lot for the recipe n the i m going to cook.....

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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      thanks so much, this is my first time doing a recipe so wasn't sure how to write it down properly. but i'm not a good cook as well so hoped this would help those like me hehe thanks once again

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      anoni 7 years ago

      Thank you for the Sel Roti recipe...I really could make better selroti this time.Thanks a lot for the post.