Nepali Woman makes fried Sel Roti rings over an open fire during the Hindu holiday of Tihar in Pokhara, Nepal. Made from sweetened rice flour that is poured by hand into boiling oil, Sel Roti are cooked until slightly crispy. After browning on one side, the ring is flipped over using a pair of thin, foot-long wooden sticks known as jhir. Although the popular snack is traditionally prepared for the Hindu religious holiday of Tihar, it is also served during other religious festivals, pujas, and for special events like weddings. After cooling, the rings keep for up to three days.
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