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Roti Jala


Recipe: Roti Jala “Net Bread” or Malaysian Lacy Pancakes

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (1/2 lb)
1 1/2 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tablespoon oil Ghee or butter (to grease the pan)


1)Sieve the flour and set aside.
2)In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients well together (except the oil) and strain the batter.
3)Add in 1/2 tablespoon of oil and set aside.
4)Heat up a pan with medium heat and grease it with some butter or ghee.
5)Pour some batter into the mold and transfer the mold to the pan.
6)As the batter flows through the holes of the mold, make circular rounds around the pan to form the netty patterns. (Refer to the video above.)
7)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.
6)Arrange a few Roti Jala on a serving plate and add some curry chicken on the side and serve immediately.

Recipe: Malaysian Chicken Curry

1 boneless/skinless chicken breast meat (cut into small cubes)
3 tablespoons Instant Meat Curry Paste or
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 shallot (diced) 1 tablespoon oil


1)Heat up a small pot and add in the oil.
2)Saute the diced shallots until light brown.
3)Add in the curry paste.
4)When it smells aromatic, add in the chicken meat and do a few quick stirs.
5)Add in the water and let it boil.
6)Lower the heat and simmer the curry for about 10-15 minutes.
7)Add in the coconut milk and serve hot.

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43 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

    • Deborah

      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

      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!

  1. 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!

  2. Penney

    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!


  3. Priya


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

  4. Yazmin Syed

    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)

  5. Saras

    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.

  6. Zeenath A. Rahim

    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.

  7. Muthu

    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.

  8. maryam

    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

  9. Mei Lin

    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!

  10. 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. :)

  11. Aishah

    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.

  12. Aishah

    @Yazmin Syed, i remembered using coconut milk too.

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

    • Peter Kong

      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.

  13. rashid hasan

    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.

  14. Raleena

    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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