Sunday, 15 February 2009

Roti Jala

Roti Jala is a yellow lacy crepe or pancake, usually served with chicken curry. Roti jala is more likely to be sold by the Malays, though Nyonya Chinese has also adopted this dish for themselves.To make roti jala, one needs to get its mould or roti-jala cup, which is made from metal or now, increasingly, of plastic as shown on picture above. The mould allows the batter to flow through in tiny threads, where it solidified on a hot pan. I found my mould when I went back to Penang 5 years ago.
  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (may use low fat if you wish)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • oil (to grease the pan)


In a big bowl, mix all the above ingredients (except the oil for greasing) well and sieve

Heat up a pan with medium heat and lightly grease it with some oil. Pour some batter into the mold and transfer the mold to the pan. As the batter flows through the holes of the mold, make circular rounds around the pan to form the netty patterns. (Click on this video clip for the cooking guide).

After the top is set and done or when the bottom turns light brown, transfer the Roti Jala out and fold it into triangle shape. Arrange a few Roti Jala on a serving plate and add some curry chicken on the side. Serve immediately.

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