Nepali Sel – roti (Crispy Rice Donut)

Dashain, the biggest festival of Hindu in Nepal, is just around the corner so I decided to learn how to make Sel roti, a speciality of the festival.  Dashain is celebrated for 15 days in Nepal. Sel can be eaten as a snack by itself or together with some side dishes if you like, such as aloo ko achar. Last Dashain I bought them $2 a piece so this time I wanted to make my own 🙂


  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rice soaked overnight
  • 5 tablespoons sugar (add more if you like sweet)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
  • ½ cup ghee (clarified butter)


  • Wash and soak rice overnight, drain excess water and grind into a semi coarse paste.

  • In a bowl, add ghee and sugar.
  • Using electric mixer, mix it well and slowly add rice flour and plain flour.

  • Add all the rice paste to the mixture and mix it well using hand.

  • Leave the batter for few hours in the fridge.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan, making sure the oil is not too hot.

  • Clean an empty water bottle and cut into half so it will be like a funnel. (Use funnel if you have but I didn’t so I used empty water bottle.)

  • Put the mixture into the funnel and carefully, pour batter into oil into a doughnuts shape

  • Once it comes to the surface and is golden brown at the bottom, turn it over and cook for one minute on the other side.

  • Use wooden chopsticks to turn the Sel if you have one so that the Sel doesn’t break.

  • Once both sides are crispy and golden brown, remove from the oil and place on paper towel until ready to serve

  • Repeat with the rest of the mixture

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*Yomari *Momo *Aloo chop

24 responses to “Nepali Sel – roti (Crispy Rice Donut)

  1. Thank you so much for your recipe. Every body loved it. Xoxo

  2. I’ve come across several recipes. Some recipes ask for water or cup of milk or bananas, etc. Variations are endless. This was looks pretty good so I think I will give it go for Bhai Tika in couple of weeks. Thanks!

  3. Hi there , been looking for selroti recipe high and low. Left and right but I couldn’t find the right one. Tried so many recipes but left with disapoitment. Hope your recipe will make my day. Crushing my fingers.

  4. What’s the ingredient that’s responsible to make it crispy?
    While I made, it wasn’t crispy.
    I like it Crispy.

  5. ohh and i am impressed with your innovative idea of using water bottle as Funnel. thankx. will pass the idea to Mom-in-law as well. 🙂

  6. Again. U did a great job (preserving and spreading the feel good factor of Nepali tradition.) I am awestruck by each of your posts that has THE NEPALI FEEL. Kudos. And ‘Sell’ looks yummy here. Do you work or full time Homemaker ? (:-) if u like to reply) ‘coz i’ve seen many of your posts full of the yummiest Nepali food. will love to taste . he he !!

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I am so happy to see all these wonderful comments which make me keep on writing 🙂

      I am a full time worker but to be a full time Homemaker is still my dream. I try to cook whenever I can, which is mostly weekends and I love learning new dishes 🙂

  7. I was searching about how to make sel roti and landed on your blog:) how have you been? I tried to make it last year, and it turned somewhat crispy rather than soft, do you have any suggestions to overcome this?

    • Hi Romu,

      I am doing good. How about you?

      This was my first try making Sel-roti and I am so glad that it turned out good. 🙂

      I think if you add plain flour with rice flour, it softens the Sel. Also once you mixed the batter, leave it for couple of hours before making Sel. Try it and see how you go. Good luck!!!

      Also I know people use bananas too.

  8. Those look delicious! Like deep-fried heaven! Seriously, is there anything that isn’t good fried?! 😉

  9. I think my cholesterol just went up merely looking at those deep-fried treasures. Enjoy the festivities!

  10. ohh I eat roti often now ;). now a days I m allone in ktm. my better half is by the trekking and 4 hours before I depatured a german friend at the airport. she is going fly home to germany, so I m a little bit sad. But tomorrow my class start again and i m going to meet my schoolfriends 🙂 see you soon……bye

  11. I can’t believe you made sel roti, it turned out really well and looks delicious!! And dashain is already around the corner!! Happy Dashain in advance 🙂

  12. ‘Sel Roti’ is one of my most favorite snack. The most expensive ones I had cost me $4 each at a Nepali restaurant in Queens(NY).
    You make em good. Must be delicious. Enjoy!!

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