They say the early bird gets the worm, but when it comes to streetfood, the early bird gets one of the fat-donuts the vendors usually prepare very early in the morning. Is this worth the health hazard? Most definitely!
Katmandu, 5am, for you!
Selroti are fried sugary donuts baked with rice flour. Let’s not delve too much in the calorie count here, and assume one of these is worth a full brunch for 3 people.
The dough is prepared with rice flour, crushed rice and ghee (clarified butter).
They are then fried in a very hot vegetable oil.
So very fat and sweet, this is the ideal breakfast if you plan to climb mount Everest half naked.
Pakodas are donuts baked with besan (yellow split peas flour), and usually small bits of vegetables (aubergine, onions...)
For the first time though, I got to taste a plain pakoda.
The "product range" keeps growing! This time fried potatoes.
These preparations on display tend to attract a lot of people. Several of them stop on their way to work, eating their treat sitting on the corner of the pavement or on a crate.
Recipes keep changing all throughout the morning, so depending of the hour, you might get a Selroti or potatoes.
At 7 a.m for example, a gram (chickpea) salad with cumin, onions and fresh coriander, served on a disposable plate made out of dried leaves. Just pick your time wisely!