Roti Jala

Roti Jala

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Roti Jala—means “net bread” literally—is another Malaysian recipe that deserves special introduction on Rasa Malaysia. These lacy and net like pancakes/crepes are very popular during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, where vendors set up temporary stalls selling roti jala to go with various curries offered. Roti Jala is also very popular as an afternoon tea snack. For me, I can eat them anytime of the day as long as I have some curries to go with them. I have always wanted to make Roti Jala, but there is a problem, I didn’t have the mold. Recently I brought one back from home, together with the pie tee mold that I’d blogged about. I got to play with my new roti jala mold yesterday and dished out these fabulous Roti Jala.

Roti Jala and Malaysian Curry Chicken

Making Roti Jala was a fun exercise. Suffice it to say, the mold was really easy to use; in no time, I finished up the batter and made 12 gorgeous looking lacy lads. No Roti Jala is complete without curries, so I whipped up some chicken curry with an instant curry paste. You can also serve roti jala with sambal udang, or prawn sambal.

Malaysian food is just so varied, compelling, and stimulating—not a single meal is ever boring, bland, or uninteresting. Please check out the roti jala recipe and also a quick chicken curry recipe.

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  1. Apologies if you had previously left a comment for this post. I accidentally deleted all the comments on this roti jala post and they were not recoverable.

  2. Jolam says:

    I would like to purchase the roti lattice mould. Send me some info and price.

    • Deborah says:

      As a Canadian who has travelled to Malaysia, I am so in love with all food Malaysian … as I sit here on a cold and snowy day, I would love to have a fresh, hot serving of fragrant hokkien mee … *SIGH*

    • Asha says:

      Hi Jolam,

      I actually discovered that you don’t really need to buy that roti jala mold after all. If you live abroad like me then improvisation is all you need. you can use a small or a medium sized glad plastic bag and cut one of the tips to your desired size of lace and make sure the batter is a little bit runny enough so that it flows well to make your lace design. Good luck!

  3. that is so beautiful!! I love the video!!!

    my best friend is Malaysian but I’ve only been to a real Malaysian restaurant once! They are hard to come by!! Roti is so freakin good though!!

    Thanks for the beautiful food and beautiful blog!

  4. Penney says:

    Hi there,

    I am interested to buy a roti jala mold from your website,however i have problem to access the sale/purchase side. Anyway pls advise further!


  5. aparna sen says:

    Please write to me roti jala and Malaysian chicken curry paste recipe.

  6. kay says:

    thank you soooo much for the video of making roti jala..

  7. mulan says:

    Plastic cup with some holes melted into the bottom with a soldering iron should be fine.

  8. Priya says:


    I love the pictures in this website.
    Its awesome.
    For the Roti jala can i use plain flour instead of all purpose flour

  9. Yazmin Syed says:

    My Tok umi (from kampung in Aloh Star) makes it with coconut milk instead of water & milk. The flavour is beautiful. I have never been able to find the pourer thingy to make it though. & every attempt at making one has failed. I know traditionally they used bruised & frayed lemon grass dipped into the batter to get the desired shape, but I have just been using my 5 fingers dipped into the batter (after tok umi suggested it)

  10. Saras says:

    hi, i’m a malaysian currently residing overseas. i miss malaysian food so much that i have been improving my cooking skills to improve the taste to be something like malaysian food. your recipe was just so amazing, so easy to make without much effort. my family just loved it so much. thank you.

  11. Riya says:

    Can the Roti Jala be made without egg, is there a substitute for egg in this recipe??

  12. Zeenath A. Rahim says:

    Hi, Ive been enjoying your incredible cooking site for the last few months. Not a day goes by without checking your post. Congratulations on providing us cooking enthusiast with such wonderful recipes and most importantly with correct measurements & instructions.

    This looks like a great recipe but since we don’t get ready curry pastes here in Dhaka could you please tell us what spices to use instead. Would really appreciate your help. Best wishes for your continues sucess.

  13. Muthu says:

    hello, where did u copied this recipe from ? I have noticed that u have stolen a lot of the recipes from the books and websites, pls refrain from doing so !

    I have reported this to the Global Webmasters Monitoring Forum ! another typical low-life Malaysian, disgrace !

    • Muthu – Your accusation is totally bogus. All my recipes are my own, I don’t copy recipes!!! I guess you are the ones who stole my recipes and caught by me, and hence this comment.

  14. maryam says:

    hi.i am from iran and now i living in malaysia.
    thanks for your good recipe. i made it and it is very nice
    i have iranian cooking site and i used this recipe in my site
    thanks again

  15. Mei Lin says:

    You surely helped bring home closer for me :)

    Was watching travel channel earlier and they showed on malaysia and roti jala… i can’t wait to make them despite not having the mold but i’ll find a way to make it happen.

    And I must say thank you for your recipes like the prawn mee-a lot of hard work but it definately paid off. I can’t recall other recipes I’ve tried from your site coz I was bz eating :)

    And ohhh… the butter prawns…superb!

  16. shafila says:

    i like roti jala…
    1 ari nti ak akn try tuk wat k……

  17. Sarah says:

    I’m so excited to make this. I just bought the mould a few days ago when I was at the immigration office in Shah Alam! Yay me for looking out for this kind of stuff! Will definitely be making this. Thank you for sharing your recipe. :)

  18. Aishah says:

    I had been visiting this site several time searching for good Singapore & Malaysia…Love it! I’m so glad i found this receipe here, the last time i made it was ages ago. Thanks for posting this receipe.

    @Mulan, good suggestion! Another suggestion to consider, using a coke/pepsi (any soda) plastic bottle, cutting into half & make several hole at the bottom.

  19. Aishah says:

    @Yazmin Syed, i remembered using coconut milk too.

    @Rasa Malaysia, can i replace the same amount of low fat milk & water with coconut milk?

  20. HunnyShineZ says:


    How and where do i get the mold?

    • Peter Kong says:

      I don’t know which country you are from but maybe you can try ask any Indian shop you come across when you go out.

      Or if there is an Indian restaurant maybe you can ask them if they know where the roti jala mold is available.

      Good luck.

  21. Renee says:

    do you have the pic of the mold?

  22. Kotek says:

    me new in kitchen,

    how i will make bigger and more holes ? big or small hole ? which taste more good ?

  23. rashid hasan says:

    i punched holes at the bottom of a can. i does the job well. check it out please if you still have not got a ready-made mold yet.

  24. Hi,

    I linked and put your roti jala recipe in my blog for future references..TQ ;)

  25. manas chakarphat says:

    I’m an airliner pensioner will try to make roti jala for my side income
    Thank you …cara membuat nya.

  26. fara says:

    saya lapar dan saya memang nak makan ini=(

  27. Joan says:

    Great dessert! mix well with the curry chicken… thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  28. Faye says:

    I love exotic foods and your roti jala recipe looks sensational.

  29. sharon says:

    Do I have to use turmeric powder ?

  30. Kat says:

    Where’s the video please?

  31. lieya says:

    Aside from cans, you could try punching holes on a polystyrene cup using a pencil for the mold

  32. Raleena says:

    I’ve tried this pancake with a sauce bottle( with a dispenser).It comes out well.We have to design it on the pan.I’ve tried so many of your recipies.Thanks

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