The literal translation of Roti Jala is “net pancake” in Malay. It a beautiful name in English – lace pancake, which derives from the delicate, lace-like texture and appearance of the pancake. These lacy and net-like pancakes are very popular to be found at the pasar malam (a.k.a night market) or during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, where vendors set up temporary stalls selling roti jala to go with various curries offered. With this Roti Jala Recipe, and the right techniques and tools, you can make fresh and healthy low fat Roti Jala to rival anything you could find outside. And as you control the ingredients, you can customise it to suit your style.
For the batter section of this Roti Jala recipe we will use a low fat milk. The most challenging part of the Roti Jala recipe is to make the into a lacy net with lightning speed to prevent the crepe from being burnt.These lacy and net-like pancakes 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.
No Roti Jala is complete without curries, not only it looks seductive on a plate, they are addictive when used to mop up curry sauce too! So, in this recipe we whipped up some Curry Chicken that made with Khimyan Curry Chicken Paste but you can also serve Roti Jala with Kapitan Curry or Fish & Prawn Curry.
For the Roti Jala
For the Curry
As an alternative to the roti jala mould, you can also use a ketchup dispenser, just pour the sieved batter from the measuring cup into the ketchup dispenser. For this purpose, you will need a medium to large sized measuring cup.