In English and in Chinese, roti canai is sometimes referred to as “flying bread” (飞饼 fēibǐng), a term that evokes the process of tossing and spinning by which it is made. In Chinese, Roti canai is originally called 印度煎饼 “yìn dù jiān bǐng”, which means Indian pancake. Roti canai (pronunciation tʃanai) or roti cane (pronunciation tʃane) is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread found in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. It is often sold in Mamak stalls in Malaysia; also in Malay, Minangkabau and Aceh restaurants in Indonesia. It is known as roti prata in Southern Malaysia and Singapore, and is similar to the Indian Kerala porotta. It is also found throughout Thailand, where it is called “Ro Tee” and is typically sold by Muslims, most often from street carts, and is usually Halal.
Traditionally roti canai is served with dhal (lentil curry) or any type of curry, such as mutton or chicken curry. However, the versatility of roti canai as the staple lends itself to many variations, either savoury or sweet, with a variety of toppings and fillings, which includes eggs, banana, sardines and onion. In Thailand, it is usually served sweet – typical fillings include condensed milk, peanut butter, jam and nutella, without the curry.
- 1.5kg Plain flour
- 2 nos eggs
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup fresh milk
- 1tbsp GHEE
- SALT and SUGAR to taste
- Mix the salt, sugar in the water.
- Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Add the salted water gradually.
- Mix the flour into a dough. kneed until smooth. Make sure the texture of the dough is not too sticky and gooey.
- Oil your hands with cooking oil and then make the dough into palm sized balls.
- In a bowl pour some oil so that the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl. Put in the balls, coating it with oil as you put one on top of each other. After it is all in a bowl, totally immerse it in oil. Leave over night.
- Oil your kneading space. Take out one dough ball, flatten it out into with you palms until the size of a dinner plate.
- Flip it like a pizza (need a skill, not easy to make as a first time).
- Flip the dough a couple of times and spread it out until paper thin.
- Take the one edge and fold it to the middle. Do this another three times so that it will turn into a square.
- Grease a flat pan or skillet with cooking oil and cook until golden brown, and serve