Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

A famous Malaysian delicacy known as roti canai. It's transformed to include several delicious, but optional fillings from bananas, butter, eggs, to other more exotic tastes. Roti canai is usually served with several Indian curries; dhall (lentils) or sambar (mixed vegetable). Some people also have it with fish or chicken.


  1. Mix salt with flour and sieve into a bowl
  2. Add sugar if necessary
  3. Add water and knead into dough no longer sticks to hand
  4. Knead till it feels 'elastic'
  5. Divide into 8 portion, return to bowl, brush it with ghee and cover with damp cloth leaving for 1/2 hour
  6. Take 1 portion, spread a little ghee on top and flatten with hands
  7. Pick up flattened dough by the edges and swirl in circular motion until dough thins out
  8. Fold dough to form a square and flatten out again
  9. Repeat process to trap air in layers of dough
  10. Flatten once again and fry on heated flat pan or iron griddle till cooked
  11. Remove and serve hot with dhal or any curry of your choice (see also Chicken Curry, Mutton Kurma, Beef Rendang).
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You might not need all the flour. It's about a little more than 2 cups of flour to one cup of water. Adding 3/4 tablespoon of fine white sugar rounds out the taste, which is nice.