This is something simple, and I can guarantee your family will love this simple Malaysian delight. You can enjoy this dish as a main meal, or just for breakfast – it is roti chanai.
A little bit of background about roti chanai
Roti Chanai (roti prata) (refer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roti_canai) is a type of fluffy, pastry-like bread, an Indian-influenced flatbread, found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It is often sold in Mamak stalls in Malaysia.
You can get fresh roti chanai from a Malaysian restaurants in Sydney or from chinese grocery shops.
This is a video that I took from the Mamak restaurant in Sydney and this is how they make the roti : https://www.facebook.com/LayEanEngBiz/videos/vb.220556294638468/1193925437301544/?type=2&theater
However, you can still get really good ones from the frozen section of a Chinese grocery store. Keep them frozen until you are ready to cook them, as they won’t stick to each other.
You can follow the instructions on the packaging, or this is how I normally prepare them.
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 piece of frozen roti chanai
Method (for frozen roti chanai):
- Remove one piece of frozen roti chanai straight from the freezer.
- Heat oil in a flat pan.
- Once the oil is hot, place the roti in the pan on medium heat for approximately 30 seconds until slightly browned.
- Turn it onto the other side for approximatly 20-30 seconds, and gently pan fry until slightly brown.
- Once the bread/roti is slightly brownish on both sides, use your wok ladle to gently press the centre of the roti until the sides puff up.
- Flip the roti to the other side and repeat step 5.
- Once it is brownish, hardened and puffed, shred the roti into smaller pieces.
- Crack the egg on the roti.
- Stir gently making sure the egg is evenly mixed. Keep on tossing to avoid the roti being burnt and until the egg is cooked – for 20 seconds.
- Remove from pan and serve hot with curry.
Number of people: 1
Preparation time: NIL minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
How to cook roti chanai – from freezer to plate in under 5 minutes!
Time saving tips:
Roti chanai goes well with curry gravy. So when you cook your curry, make more curry gravy to save you time from having to cook another fresh pot of curry. With the additional gravy, you can have roti chanai with it anytime.
Happy cooking and I would love to hear your feedback. Share them below.