Friday, June 03, 2005

Roti Jala With Chicken Curry

It is actually a lacy crepe and is eaten with curry. I have made Chicken curry to go with it.

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12 fl oz milk
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1 tbsp oil


8 ozs plain flour


Non-stick frying pan or electric skillet
Lacy crepe maker


  1. Combine (A) in a bowl and beat until well blended.
  2. Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Add egg mixture in centre of flour and stir till batter is smooth. Strain batter through a fine sieve to remove lumps. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly heat a non-stick frying pan or skillet. Grease lightly with oil and run the batter in a lacy pattern into the pan from the lacy crepe maker. Cook till batter changes colour and fold crepe whilst still in pan.
  4. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Place folded pancakes on top of one another and cover with a tea towel or cling wrap to prevent drying.
  5. Serve hot or cold with Chicken Curry.



3 1/2 lb chicken, cut into pieces


10 cloves garlic

1 thumb size piece ginger

1/4 thumb size piece tumeric

2 tbsp curry powder mixed with 4 tbsp water

1 tsp salt

8 fl oz coconut milk


1 heaped tbsp cumin seeds or

3/4 tbsp cumin powder

1 heaped tbsp poppy seeds

8 buah keras

4 fl oz oil

10 ozs shallots, thinly sliced

8 - 10 dried chillies, soaked and grind to a paste

1 stalk curry leaves


3/4 - 1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp msg


  1. Pound (A) to a fine paste
  2. Season chicken with (A), salt, and leave for 1 hour.
  3. Pound (B) to a fine paste and mix with the coconut milk.
  4. Heat oil and fry 3/4 of the sliced shallots till light golden brown. Lower heat, add chilly paste, curry leaves and fry till turns red.
  5. Add chicken, stir well, reduce heat to moderate and cook for 1/2 hour with lid on. Do not uncover whilst the chicken is cooking.
  6. Remove the lid, add the rest of the sliced shallots, salt for seasoning and the coconut milk mixture. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender.


Little Corner of Mine said...

Nice nice nice, makes me want to eat it.

Jan said...

lily, your eggs are so white! here we have only brown eggs :)

Anonymous said...

Yummy...yummy. HI, I am new young mother looking for some good receipes. Everything posted on your site looks...oh so wonderful.

Anonymous said...


What is buah keras?

And what brand and type of curry powder do you use?



lilyng said...


kuah keras is candlenuts and it should not be treated like nuts and should not be eaten raw. you can sub with brazil nuts.

i have no preference in brand and will use whatever is available - babas, sakthy or adabi.

sandrine said...

Auntie Lily,
Thanks so much for your great recipes on your website.

Where can I find Lacy crepe maker?
I tried online no luck.

And for pandan paste not sure I can find it in the Thai store or Chinese store here in Chicago.


lilyng said...


i have no idea. i brought mine with me when i came here.

i could get the pandan paste from the vietnamese store. keep trying, i am sure you can find it

Anonymous said...

Sandrine- you can make your own crepe maker by using an empty tin can. Just poke holes at the bottom. The effect should be the same.

lilyng said...


thanks for the tip.

you can use your fingers. dip them in the batter and then let batter drips into the pan.

gay said...

I just got the crepe maker, a gift from my cousin in Malaysia. I'm so excited to use it already!!!

Rebecca said...

Hi Lily,

For those who can't get the roti jala's / lacy crepe maker, they can use a beer/drink's can but not tin as it will rust.

Poke some small holes at the bottom and open the top of the can. must re-adjust the holes with batter only, as water can runs through any time, if too big or small will not work.

The flour sometimes is very dry and sometimes not, so we have to re-adjust the water so that the batter can run through easily.

I used to add in a pinch of kunyik powder to color it. Fry 1 side only and fold the fried side inside so that the roti jala will looks even in color. Learn it form a Malay chef.

Happy cooking.

Anonymous said...

I found a "ROTI JALA(NET/LACE PANCAKE) high grade nylon mould/cup" on eBay for $2 and small change. That is how it is listed. It comes from Malaysia. Is yellow with 5 spickets. Or you can use a mayonaise/ketchup plastic jar with one spicket. almost as good.
Good Luck.

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