Sel Roti from Sikkim

>>  Friday, April 25, 2014

Sikkim was the easiest state when it came to deciding on what to make. Very early in the researching, I had this document that had recipes from Sikkim and I just decided I would do it. I had earlier done a Sikkim thali, many years ago, that also had nonveg dishes as part of it.

However, since this time I was very keen on making a Bread, I thought Sel Roti was actually a roti. I never really thought much about it, until there another theme in previous BM, that had some of my friends making this Sel Roti. I was surprised that there is hardly any roti in this dish, or at least how we assume. On further study on this dish, I came to know this is a Bread for them, in the sense we would treat a bread, however, it is still a bread and that was enough for me. Sel roti is served as staple confectionery bread with Shimi ko achar and mutton curry.

Though I had the recipe, I still wanted to see how exactly this was made, as most NE states seem to have a vague way of doing things. I came across this video and then a post by Gayathri

Thinking I would make it on a Sunday, I soaked the rice and it remained for a week in the fridge. This was finally done in the last weekend along with a couple of other pending posts and Amma was there to help me. The batter is quite tricky to work with and we would have tried a glass, ladle, and hand, to pour the batter into the hot oil to get the rings. However, the shapes wouldn't come out as perfect as it was shown in the video. The rice could matter or even the entire process. I was just happy that taste wise, it was excellent.

It's quite hard to handle when hot, so drain and let it cool before attempting to taste it. Taste wise, this tastes more like the Athirasam, Utanki. The method of making is almost the same as Utanki, resembling in the shape, fermentation and process as such. The resultant sweet becomes very crispy and a great snack. 

Sikkim Sel Roti 

Ingredients Needed:

Raw Rice-1 cup
Sugar-1/4 cup
Ghee-1/3 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder-1/4 tsp
Powdered Clove-a pinch
Oil- For Deep Frying

How to make the Sel Roti

Wash and soak rice overnight. Drain and take the rice in a mixer.

Add sugar, ghee, water, cardamom powder and clove and grind to a fine thick paste.

Pour this into a measuring jar or any glass. 

Heat oil in a kadhai. 

Beat the batter with a spoon until fluffy. Once the oil is hot, pour the batter into hot oil in the shape of a circle.

Fry until golden on both sides. Drain oil and transfer the roti on a plate.

When cool, store in airtight jar.

In the other recipe, I got for this dish, they have added 250 gms of wheat flour for a 1 Kg of Rice.

The batter is very tricky and needs the practice to work on making the circles when poured into the hot oil. You can adjust the shapes with rods or chopsticks.


Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 25, 2014 at 12:06 AM  

I made this as well from Gayathri's space and it was quite hard to shape. But like you said just loved the taste :)

Rajani S April 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM  

Same pinch Valli. Struggled with the shape and finally used a ketch up bottle for this wriggly sel rotis :))... May be with a bit of atta it might be better?!

Priya Suresh April 25, 2014 at 1:07 AM  

Wow, u nailed them prefectly, those sel rotis are just asking me have some.Well done Valli,now am tempted to give a try to this rotis.

vaishali sabnani April 25, 2014 at 6:40 AM  

Interesting one..but if it was a tricky one for you I cant dream of trying also...

Nivedhanams Sowmya April 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM  

oh that looks so hard to do... but glad u like the taste!!!

The Pumpkin Farm April 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM  

it indeed looks like a skillfull task. initially i thought you might have used some tool like jalebi dropper.

Varadas Kitchen April 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM  

It is amazing how you can find a parallel to all the breads in other cuisines. This bread is new to me. It looks crunchy and crispy. Beautiful golden color too.

Harini-Jaya R May 1, 2014 at 1:49 AM  

These crisp golden beauties look very tempting Valli. Good pick for Sikkim.

Pavani N May 2, 2014 at 7:36 AM  

This is a totally new bread to me. Sel roti sounds and looks crispy and delicious.

Archana Potdar May 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM  

Totally new to me. Love it

Padmajha PJ May 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM  

Taste is what is important right! And it doesn't look all that bad yaar. Like Rajani said,I think a sauce bottle will help ...

Nalini's Kitchen May 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM  

As you said the batter was little tricky,needs practice to make a perfect shape..but taste is awesome..I loved the taste of the sel rotis..

Usha May 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM  

Even I had a difficult time getting the perfect shape for the roti. I used banana for flavor and to my surprise it was quite nice. I say surprise because I am one of those very few people who doesn't like bananas.. :) Anyways, I am glad you found a bread that fit your sub theme.

Priya Srinivasan May 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM  

I tried this and got horrible shapes, so dumped and made kodo ke roti!!! Though the shapes were horrible, the taste was great, must be a great hit with kids!!

Chef Mireille May 27, 2014 at 7:08 AM  

I had this once at a Nepali restaurant and have actually been looking for a recipe for them for quite some time

Manjula Bharath May 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM  

wow sel roti is just tempting me , you have made it perfect valli looks fabulous :) compared to other NE states I love sikkim even as for recipe selection was easy right :)

Sapana Behl May 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM  

I think it needs lots of patience for me to make this...superb !

Jayanthi Padmanabhan June 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM  

everybody's sel rotis are rounder than mine.. yours looks very nice Valli

Suma Gandlur August 1, 2014 at 6:57 AM  

A pretty delicious one considering our luck with NE states.

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