Roti Canai (Authentic Malaysian Recipe)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the authentic recipe used by the Mamak (Indians) in Malaysia. The recipes that have margarine or eggs and milk are not the ones they use in those Indian food stalls. Incredibly easy. must try!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the salt in the water.
  2. Put the flour in a mixing bowl. Add the salted water gradually.
  3. Mix the flour into a dough. kneed until smooth. Make sure the texture of the dough is not too sticky and gooey.
  4. Oil your hands with cooking oil and then make the dough into palm sized balls.
  5. In a bowl pour some oil so that the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl. Put in the balls, coating it with oil as you put one on top of each other. After it is all in a bowl, totally immerse it in oil. Leave over night.
  6. Oil your kneading space. Take out one dough ball, flatten it out into with you palms until the size of a dinner plate.
  7. Flip it like a pizza (I put a link below to show you how to flip it).
  8. Flip the dough a couple of times and spread it out until paper thin.
  9. Take the one edge and fold it to the middle. Do this another three times so that it will turn into a square.
  10. Grease a flat pan or skillet with cooking oil and cook until golden brown.
Most Helpful

Yup, that's the real thing! It's amazing how much oil goes into it. Some Malay coffeeshops put in margarine and egg. I'd suggest reducing the salt to 2/3 tablespoon and adding 2/3 tablespoon of white sugar - to be dissolved in the water.

RotiJala March 08, 2010

roti chanai is Malaysian style roti. You just placed Nepali / indian recipe for momo's This is not authentic Roti Chanai recipe. Real one has lots of ghee and condense milk.>> Reason why when they flip the dough it is so pliable... It's cheep chapatti recipe with the wrong flour (usually not regular flour but atta flour).

Scottie P. May 28, 2015

This was much easier than I thought! I watched the You Tube video, and I tried to scrunch mine up the way he does after it's cooked, and it went really nice and flaky! Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Spring 2010.

AmandaInOz April 14, 2010