“Happy Easter Holidays”.

I have been planing to make this net bread by the malaysian community also commonly known as “Roti Jala” for a month now. Why this took me so long to make, was due to no access to coconut milk. Every time I go to the supermarket to buy it, its always either sold out or out of stock. Probably my timing was off, who knows. I even tried to get a supplement for the “Coconut milk”, but I was advised by a great friend that you cannot replace the C.M. since its the most rich ingredient for this dish.

Finally, I got it yesterday at Nakumatt -city hall, I’d never been so happy to see it by the shelf. It felt like seeing candy for the first time. They cost me Ksh-200 per can, so I bought two of them just in case of a future recipe. {Felt so happy}. Anyway, you must be wondering what a Roti Jala is, well let me break it down for you.

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“Roti Jala is a net Bread, popular tea time snack served with curry dishes which can be found in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a very traditional Malayan dish that is usually homemade and served at events such as weddings and festivals. It’s eaten in sets of three to four pieces with curries, especially chicken curry, as a substitute to rice.”

Others call them, net pancakes, or net crepes due to their light texture and lets not forget the patterns.

Making “Net bread -Roti Jala”.

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Prep time: 15 mins  Cook time: 30 mins  Total time: 45 mins

Yields: 5 pax

MAIN INGREDIENTS:

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  • 2 Cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 -1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs

OTHERS:

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  • A big bowl /dish
  • Strainer
  • a bottle & a lid with holes
  • a tea spoon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a bowl, sift all the dry ingredients and mix well.

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2. Add in the wet ingredients to the dry in the same dish, and thoroughly whisk them together to form a light -smooth yellow batter.

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3. In a different dish, strain the batter to get rid of any lumps.

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4. Pre- heat a non- sticking pan with a dash of vegetable oil on medium low heat. Transfer the smooth batter into your bottle with 3 to 5 holes at the lid, and close tight.

Using either circular, up-down or a zigzag motion, pour in the batter onto the hot pan. {Example as shown}. The flour used here is “Self raising”, you can still use all purpose”. Let it set until the upper part is dry {Similar way like making crepes} before you rolling them.

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5. Once the batter has set or dried at the top, using your spatula, fold it using any of these methods.

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6. If you have any meat dishes or sauces, Roti Jala are best served with them, savory dishes go well together.

I previously prepared, Barbecue – dry fry liver.

Final outcome:

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Bon Apetite.

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Love and Love.

TD.

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