Net pancakes or Roti Jala as the Malaysians call it, is a street food and tea time snack that can easily be your next global breakfast dish to try.
Today’s morning meal originates from Malaysia. If you’ve just stumbled onto the blog, this is the third recipe of a month-long theme of breakfast dishes, but if you did miss the two previous recipes, I’ll be leaving them here for you to go through.
Breakfast ideas to try,
Kiribath(milk rice)– a popular Sri Lankan breakfast dish that can feed a crowd.
MALAYSIAN ROTI JALA( NET PANCAKES).
Searching for recipes with turmeric and coconut milk?
Then these net pancakes(roti Jala)are ideal as they have both ingredients. Also the unique, net-like texture the pancakes gets from using a special mold is great for soaking up gravy.
Since I was making these without a mold, I had a few mishaps before getting it right, believe me when I say that a plastic cup never works and can leave a mess between the skillet and the batter bowl so ditch the cups.
The best way would be for you to use a plastic bottle with two or three holes on the cap(use a nail for this). you can also use an empty ketchup bottle that has a nozzle shaped top, this would give thicker pancake strands like mine but it still works.
How hard is it to make the Net Pancakes?
You might get a few wrong before you get the hang of drizzling the pancake batter in a certain way but you’ll get it eventually so keep trying.
Now on a personal note, for me, the only set back in making these pancakes for a crowd of six is, IT TAKES TIME!
So I’ll be limiting the times I make these to once a month but if you are a family of two, three or even four then they make a good change from your weekend pancakes and deserve to be made more than once a month.
About the batter, the two most important elements for getting the pancakes done well would be to get the consistency right and having a homemade mold ready.
Why go through all that trouble, won’t it be better to stick to the usual pancake shape?
That was my initial thought, even my kids were wondering the same, so I did a trial run on pouring this batter in its original shape but because the batter has Coconut milk in it, the pancakes become thick without the light airy quality you expect in pancakes, hence the need for nets.
How come yours don’t look like the usual Net pancakes(roti Jala)?
That’s because I simply didn’t have time to follow the last step of folding both sides of the pancakes inwards. but hey! it still tastes good.
NET PANCAKES (ROTI JALA).
Please make sure to read the recipe instructions at least once to avoid mistakes.
4 cups of Flour
1 and a 1/2 cups of Coconut milk
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of Turmeric
Salt to taste
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
In a large bowl, mix the flour, eggs, coconut milk , water, turmeric powder and salt.
Stir in all the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth. The perfect consistency is when the batter coats the back of the spoon.
Use a skillet and brush the pan with oil, Fill the batter into any of the containers mentioned above, the best option would be the empty plastic bottle with holes I mentioned earlier on the post.
Begin from the middle of the pan and using a circular motion(just like when you doodle interconnecting circles on paper), move the batter in overlapping circles, this is where you might find yourself having a few issues but you definitely improve on every pancake you make so be patient. keep the batter bottle 6cm above the pan for a smooth pour.
Cook for two minutes or until the pancake can be easily lifted around the edges. remember you are only cooking one side on the pancake and not both the sides so leave it until you can lift the pancakes easily off the pan.
Place the pancakes on a plate and fold the sides towards the middle and then roll from the bottom to the top.