Originally from India and modified by Mamak (Muslim-Indian) hawkers, Roti canai is one of the signature staples in Malaysia. This circular, flaky, crispy flatbread is best served with dhal (lentil) curry, a mild and nutritious curry made up mainly of lentils, tomatoes, and chilies. You can also add sambal to add an extra kick.
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Print the recipe: Homemade Roti Canai with Dhal Curry
Servings: 6 persons
- Dhal curry: 20 minutes
- Roti Canai: 30 minutes + overnight (for the dough to rest)
- Dhal curry: 20 minutes
- Roti Canai: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes + overnight (for Roti Canai dough to rest)
- 200g Organic Red Split Lentils
- 100g Organic Cherry Tomato
- 1 piece Organic Onion, minced
- 4 cloves Organic Garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Organic Lakadong Turmeric Powder
- 2 teaspoons Organic Curry Powder
- 1 teaspoon Organic Red Chilli Powder (Regular)
- 4 pieces Organic Red Chili Mathania (Whole), soaked until soft and chopped
- 2 pieces bay leaves
- 50g Organic Long Bean, chopped
- 50g Organic Lady Finger, chopped
- 50g Organic Coriander, chopped
- 1 tablespoon High Oleic Organic Sunflower Oil
- 1500ml filtered water
- 2 teaspoons Himalayan Rock Salt
- 1 teaspoon Natural Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Himalayan Rock Salt
- 1/2 tbsp Natural Brown Sugar
- 290g Wheat Flour
- 200ml Filtered Water
- 2 tbsp High Oleic Organic Sunflower Oil
Dhal (Lentil) Curry
- Rinse and soak the lentils for 10 minutes. Then, drain the lentils.
- In a pot, add lentils, half portion of the minced onions, half portion of the minced garlic, Lakadong turmeric powder, curry powder, bay leaves, cherry tomatoes, red chilli powder, dried chilli. Bring to a boil.
- Once it boils, reduce the heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes until the lentils are soft.
- Season the dhal curry with some salt when the dhal curry becomes thicker.
- In a pan, heat some cooking oil, stir fry the lady fingers and long beans for about 3 minutes, then set aside.
- In another pot, heat some cooking oil, add the other half portion of minced onions and stir fry for about 6 minutes until it becomes lightly brown. Then, add the other half portion of minced garlic until fragrant.
- Add all the stir fried ingredients into the cooked dhal curry.
- Set aside and serve with roti canai later.
- Dilute salt and sugar in water. Mix wheat flour with salt and sugar mixture evenly.
- Knead the dough until smooth and elastic. The dough should be a bit sticky. Dust some flour on the dough to make it easier to shape the dough.
- Divide the dough equally into 6 small balls. Coat each dough with some oil and place them on an oiled plate. Gently cover each ball with some oil and cover with a damn cloth. Allow the dough to rest overnight at room temperature.
- Flatten dough and flip it several times until it expands. Lift the left side of the expanded dough and fold to the right covering 2/3 of the whole surface. Do the same with the right.
- Pinch the tip of the dough and gently pull the dough off the working surface. Swirl dough to form a circle and press gently.
- Sprinkle some oil on the dough before letting the dough rest for 3-5 minutes.
- Flatten dough once more. Place it on a pan heated on medium heat.
- Once roti canai lightly browns or is crispy, remove from the pan and give it a light ‘clap’.
- Serve with curry, dhal, sugar or enjoy it plain.