How to make traditional golden-brown Sel Roti for Nepali festivals and special occasions.
Be it any festival or any special occasion in a Nepali household, Sel roti is sure to be served hot on a traditional platter. This Nepali dish is unarguably the star amongst the snacks eaten during the festivities and celebrations. Easy to cook and delicious to the core, it is the first name on the list when it comes to the food preparation list for Dashain-Tihar. Let’s explore further into the cooking process of this tasty dish.
Ingredients for Nepali Sel roti:
1. Rice (soaked overnight) – ½ kgs
2. Sugar- 250 gms
3. Semolina- 250 gms
4. All-purpose flour (maida) – 100 gms
5. Clarified butter (ghee)- 2 tablespoons
6. Baking soda (optional)- 3 pinches
7. Cooking oil- ½ litre
Traditional preparation method of Sel Roti:
Soak rice for overnight, then with the help of a strainer or a clean piece of cloth, drain out all the water and let it dry naturally before you start the preparation of Sel Roti. Now put the rice into the grinder to grind it well till it becomes a fine powder.
In a separate vessel mix sugar, ghee, semolina and the ground rice flour together. Mix them well together and add lukewarm water. If the paste becomes thin, you can always add rice flour or semolina. To make the roti fluffier you can add 3 pinches of baking soda to the prepared mixture.
Put oil in a kadhai and heat it till it is steaming hot. Make sure to place around iron mould in kadhai before the oil starts getting hot. A mould ensures the round shape of the Sel Roti. Now take the batter in your palm and pour the batter in the hot oil giving it a round shape around the mould. Flip the roti with the help of a stick once one side becomes golden brown, and fry it till both the sides are golden brown in colour. Now take the crispy, sweet and tasty nepali Sel roti out of the kadhai and serve hot for eating with aalu achaar or tea or meat on the side.
Preparation method of Sel Roti with use of a modern soli also called Salcko Sel Roti maker:
Gone are the days when making Sel roti used to be the cup of tea of the elders at home. Now with help of modern Sel roti making machine or Sel roti soli like Salcko Sel Roti maker it is very easy to cook Sel Roti without losing the traditional essence. This Sel Roti making machine is easy to use and very lightweight and can be picked up with only one hand. It’s stainless steel food grade funnel-shaped body works as a perfect soli for preparing sweet and crispy Nepali Sel roti.
The preparation of the batter remains the same as the traditional method above. Once the batter is ready, pour it inside the Sel Roti maker machine. At one go, this modern Sel roti making soli can take up to 1 ltr of batter inside. Now, put oil in a kadhai and heat it till it is steaming hot. Make sure to place around the iron mould in kadhai before the oil starts getting hot. A mould ensures the round shape of the Sel Roti. Now take the filled Sel roti maker and pour the batter in the hot oil giving it a round shape around the mould. Flip the roti with the help of a stick once one side becomes golden brown, and fry it till both the sides are golden brown in colour. Now take the crispy, sweet and tasty Nepali Sel roti out of the kadhai and serve hot for eating with the side of your choice which could be aalu dum, mula ko achaar, chukauni or meat.
Like they say in Nepali, “Aba Sel roti banaune soli ko lagi dherai tadha janu pardaina, Nepali Sel roti banauna aasan tareeka aba Salcko Sel Roti maker machine dwaara sambhav chha.”