roti canai

I had Roti Canai for breakfast this morning. I have it quite often…averaging at least once a fortnight. It’s a simple breakfast and cheap. You can get a piece for RM0.80 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Roti Canai is essentially a type of bread wherein the dough is kneeded, flipped, stretched, laid thinly and finally folded into a square or slightly round. It is then cooked on an iron skillet till brown.

It is usually served with dhall or curry (chicken or fish). I like mine with curry and I usually start off by laying curry on the plate, followed by the Roti Canai and topped with another layer of curry.

Roti Canai is available in Malaysia and Singapore. I have not travelled to other countries in Asia …so I am not in a position to comment on their availability elsewhere.

Enterprising and creative cooks have come out with variants of the Roti Canai and have put in various types of fillings such as egg, sardine in ketchup, bananas, cheese, onions and kaya.

No Roti Canai will be complete without the Teh Tarik (or “pulled tea”). For more information on Roti Canai, check out the Wikipedia.

I now leave you with a Roti Canai recipe which I sourced from


  • 500 gms Wheat flour, medium protein (Blue Ferry or Bintang)
  • 15 gms Sugar
  • 7.5 gms Salt
  • 10 gms Condensed milk
  • 10 gms Egg
  • 10 gms Margarine
  • 280 ml Water


Dissolve sugar and salt in water. Add milk, egg and flour and blend well. Add the margarine.

Knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky. Divide dough into 70 gms pieces.

Shape the dough into balls and coat with margarine. Cover the dough and leave for about five hours or overnight.

Gently press the dough with palm, stretching it slightly. Hold the dough and stretch to expand the dough piece. Repeat this step for about eight times.

Finally you should get a piece of thin sheet of dough. Fold up or coil into a lump.

Leave the dough for ten minutes. Fry on both sides over medium heat until golden brown.

Serve Roti Canai with Curry.

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  1. 1
    August 23rd, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Pablo

    thanks so much for this recipe, I’ve looked everywhere trying to find a perfect recipe and this one is it. Today I tried cooking the canai before I came to this site – the results were nice – but a bit crunchy. I didn’t realise the trick is to roll it out 6 times before resting then frying! I was about to give up cooking it again, but now I think it should work. Can you suggest a good substitute for egg as I am vegan? All the best with your site – you’ve don’t a fabulous job here.

  2. 2
    Tom Aarons
    August 21st, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I don’t think we have anywhere to buy roti canai for breakfast. I guess I’ll have to use your recipe! 🙂

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