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The Wayfarer Diaries: Selroti, Sukuti and Other First Tastes from Nepal

10-02-2018, Kerabari, Lumbini Zone, Nepal:

As the final stretch of our journey began the sun had set. The road we have taken is the Siddhartha Highway which goes all the way till Pokhra.
As we started our journey north towards our destination, the landscape completely changed in a matter of kilometres from plains to mountains. The temperature also dropped suddenly by a few degrees as we moved along the river up the valley.

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The journey continues as the sun sets; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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The road changes as we continue our journey northwards; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

We have now stopped for dinner and some local snacks at Kerabari which has a few small shops that serve food. For starters we had Selroti, which is sweet dish made from rice flour deep fried in a circular shape. We then had some deep fried fish caught from the river flowing down the valley below. In the next course was Sukuti, which is a meat preparation, in which smoked meat is stir-fried and served with roasted soya bean seeds, flattened rice (Chivda) and chutney. The last course consisted of rice with dal, sabzi and chicken cooked just like it would be cooked in a regular home-kitchen.

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Freshly cooked Selroti; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Sukuti is delicious a local dish of smoked meat that is stir-fried and served with roasted soya bean seeds and Chivda; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

People in the eatery are enjoying beer with their food, as beer is sold at most of the shops here in Nepal unlike in India where liquor is only sold by government authorised liquor shops. I must say the food is just amazing out here, really looking forward to what more Nepal has to offer.

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