Roti Jala

Bobby Ong

Plated Asia Producer
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Roti Jala, meaning “Net Bread”, is a popular Malaysian dish that is usually served with curry dishes especially chicken curry or “rendang“. It got the name “jala” from the netlike pattern due to the way it is made using a “roti jala” mould. In this recipe, we are going to teach you how to do-it-yourself a mould from a water bottle.

In conjunction with the Malaysia National Day, we made a 4-colour edition – Red, White, Yellow and Blue, representing the national colours of the Malaysian flag. Let’s celebrate National Day with more Malaysian dishes, shall we?

How to make Roti Jala

Preparation

for 5 to 6 servings

Main ingredients

  • 240 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml (1 cup) water
  • 250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • Cooking oil

Special equipment

  • 1 plastic water bottle with cap
  • A sharp pointed knife

Step-by-step

  1. In a mixing bowl, sieve all-purpose flour, salt and turmeric powder. Whisk in egg, water and coconut milk until smooth. Sieve batter to remove clumps.
  2. Poke 3 holes in the bottle cap. Fill bottle with batter.
  3. Lightly grease a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  4. Working quickly, drizzle batter in a circular motion to form a netlike “jala” pattern.
  5. Do not flip but watch closely so it’s doesn’t burn. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the edges are lifted.
  6. Remove from pan. Fold the sides and roll up.
  7. Best serve with chicken curry. Enjoy!

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