Category:  Breakfast/Side  |     Prep Time: 1.5 hrs   |    Cook Time: 15 mins

Makes: Approx. 10 pancakes



Roti Canai is a type of Indian-influenced flat bread found in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is extremely easy to make and is very filling! This dish is an excellent choice for a breakfast or late-night supper. Be sure to include butter, cheese or jam with your spread! 


Did you know?  Roti Canai’s origins have been traced to the Indian sub-continent, and likely Pakistan!




  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. soft butter or oil
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 3-4 tbsp. water
  • Oil for frying
  • Butter, cheese or jam, for topping (optional)



  • 2 medium bowls
  • Fryer or thick bottomed pan and stovetop



1. Stir together the dry ingredients and cut in the soft butter or oil.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and water. Mix your wet ingredients into the dry and knead it all together until it forms a firm dough. Continue kneading until the dough becomes smooth.

3. Roll the dough into a 1 ½ inch tube and cut into 10 even pieces. Cover the pieces well and let them rest for about 1 hour in your refrigerator.

4. After the pieces have rested, roll each one into a very thin circle. Heat your oil in a fryer or a thick-bottomed pan. Fry each circle in oil until golden brown.

5. Serve the roti canai warm with butter, cheese or jam. Makes 10 flatbreads.

6. Enjoy with family and friends!





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