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How To Make Roti Jala (Net Pancake)

Roti Jala or Net Pancake is a popular Malaysian tea time snack served with curry dishes. However, to make this light pancake you will need to use a special mold. The traditional mold, made of brass, had three spouts, sadly, it is very to hard to find these days. I did have plastic mold though it wasn't very user-friendly, but don't fret, I have a perfect solution to this, and it involves using any water bottle, and nailing three holes onto the cap. Once you have the water bottle all you have to do is fill it with batter, apply a gentle squeeze on the bottle, and let your"artsy skill" swirl into a net-like pancake. I am sure you'll prefer this foolproof method since it's simple, quick, and clean.

Roti Jala


200 g All-Purpose Flour
2 Large Eggs
2 tsp Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
200 ml Water
200 ml Coconut Milk

10" non-stick pan
Oil for brushing


Combine all the ingredients and whisk until the batter is free of lumps. Strain the batter.

Fill the bottle with half of the batter, lightly oil the pan with vegetable oil. Gently squeeze the bottle and make some swirl around the pan. When the batter is set, fold them in any shape of your choice. Serve warm with curry dishes.

Makes 20 pieces of Roti Jala


  1. Never had roti jala before. But this looks so much fun to make. And I love curry. I will try this very soon!

    1. Give it a try. I'm sure you will like it. Thanks for the comment.

  2. GENIUS!! Plastic bottle with holes punched in the cap! I made my mom post me an RM 2 proper roti jala cup all the way to the Netherlands and the postage cost more than the item itself. I think the plastic bottle method is less messy and gives more control.

  3. How big should the holes in the cap be?

    1. I'm sorry; I don't have the exact measurement at the moment. I shall get back to you after my summer holiday because I have to check the nail sized that I used at home.


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