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Dessert Recipes for Special Occasions



Simi Sewpal

Roht is a sweet, doughnut like cake that is about the size of a saucer. It is generally only made as a prayer offering or prasad and consumed after the prayer. It is rich, very delicious and is enjoyed by everybody. One does not consume the whole Roht. It is broken into pieces and shared with family and friends. It is regarded as sacred food. The recipe for Roht was requested by a visitor to this website.

My sister-n-law, Simi Sewpal, often makes delicious Roht. She kindly shared her simple recipe that works very well.

Please note: This recipe was recently tried by a viewer of this website who said that the Roht crumbled when frying. After consulting with Simi, I have learned that the texture of the ghee does make a difference to the final outcome. Melted ghee and solid ghee produce different results.

Note: Mixture should resemble a soft scone dough. It needs very light , gentle kneading to avoid pressing out air incorporated during crumbling. The finished Roht should resemble a crisp biscuit like exterior and a soft scone like inner.

Simi informed me that the recipe should be followed as presented and that it is best to fry one Roht. If if begins to crumble, add a cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of milk, a tad more sugar, mix the dough again. This should result in successfully fried Roht.

Here is Simi's Roht Recipe.


  1. 3 ½ cups cake flour
  2. ½ cup milk (or sightly more)
  3. 1½ cups sugar
  4. 1½tsps.ground elachi/cardamom
  5. ½ cups ghee to mix the dough
  6. 4 cups of ghee, (or more) for deep frying


  1. Sift flours
  2. Pour ½ cup ghee & mix until it resembles bread crumbs
  3. Add sugar & elatchi
  4. Mix with milk until pliable dough forms. Add more milk if the dough is not wet enough
  5. Make shapes like a flat saucer. This quantity should yield between 12-13 Roht
  6. Fry in 3-4 cups of butter ghee at med. heat. Both sides should turn a tan-golden color
  7. Use a slotted spoon & remove from pan. Allow to cool. Use as needed


Freshly Made Roht


Simi is also an excellent cook, adept at making vegetarian and meat dishes. Her rotis, curries and dhal puris are simply delicious. She is an excellent host who provides a delicious variety of food to her guests. It is her expression hospitality. Whenever we are at Simi's home we are sure to be served with all our favorite foods and more.

Here is a link on how to Make ghee.

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