Monday, January 1, 2007

Brand new Day and a brand new Year... moments like these harbours renewed hope and new promises. Such moments I recall are also felt at weddings which leads me to this delicious little appetizer.

During Malay weddings, I often find myself looking forward to partake on some Roti Jala (Net Bread or Lace Pancake). It is a simple delicate dish, served with curry, normally chicken curry but others will do just fine as well. Roti Jala is made from a thin batter poured through a multi-funnelled mould onto a flat pan or wok. This is gently cooked, fold into quarter circles and served on a dish, one piled on top of the other.

1/4 kg FlourFlour
, sifted
1 EggEgg
beaten with 2 tsp salt
5 oz Cooking Oil (for greasing pan)
1 1/2 pints Water

1. Make a well in the centre of sifted flour, and pour in beaten egg and 1 tsp oil.
2. Gradually add in water, stirring gently to make a fine batter.
3. Grease a flat skillet or pan. Pan must not be too hot.
4. Half fill Roti Jala Mould (or u may make one as mentioned below) with batter.
5. When pan is hot, swing the mould about 6 rounds in circular motion onto the pan.
6. When the batter begins to leave the pan, lift onto plate.
7. Fold and arrange on a serving dish.
8. Serve with Curry of your choice.

Making your own Roti Jala Mould/Cup
1. A clean empty Tin Can, (eg. a 12oz can of corn)
2. Using a hammer and a 0.2 inch nail, make 5 or 6 holes (evenly spaced on the bottom of the can)
3. Hammer out any sharp edges

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posted by Daryl W.T. Lau at 2:59 AM |