How To Make Roti Canai Curry Recipe: 6 Amazing Servings Idea

Roti canai curry recipe is a Malaysian dish made with Indian-style curries. The roti canai dish itself is more like a fried egg pancake with chicken curry and onions served in small appetizer portions.

The recipe for roti canai curry usually includes tomatoes, onions, green chilies, ginger, garlic cloves, coriander seeds, and garam masala.

The final product is served hot over cooked rice accompanied by two or three pieces of fried bread.

What Is Roti Canai?

Roti canai is a round fried egg pancake used to scoop up the curry. Roti means bread, and canai means “shaker” in Malaysia, where it originates. The pancake is slightly spongy and light because it is made with folded dough.

How To Make Roti Canai Curry Recipe?

Roti canai curry ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 2-3 green chilies, chopped (adjust to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 pieces(or 3 if you are making it for an adult) dry roti canai (rice bread), rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger powder.
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, deseeded, and roughly chopped.
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to fry the roti canai balls.


1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan. Sauté the garlic, ginger, and green chilies briefly, add the tomatoes and onions and sauté until slightly caramelized (3-5 minutes).

Add the coriander powder, garam masala, and salt and stir well to mix. Add 3/4 cup of water, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Add chicken meat that has been cut into small pieces. Stir well to mix more ingredients to make a gravy mixture. Add salt to taste. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until the meat is cooked through.

Roti Canai Curry Recipe
Roti Canai Curry Recipe

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in another non-stick pan and gently fry the roti canai mixture until browned. Drain on paper towels and transfer to a serving plate.

4. Stir together the tomato ketchup with 1/4 cup of water to make a smooth sauce.  Pour over the chicken curry and sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves (optional). Serve hot with steamed or cooked rice.

5. Roti canai curry may be served with steamed rice or plain boiled rice.

Nutrition Fact Of Roti Canai Curry Recipe

Fat22 g
Cholesterol80 mg
Sodium730 mg
Carbs35 g
Protein25 g

Serving Suggestions

1. Serve the roti canai with thick green chutney and coriander chutney to make a complete Malaysian meal.

2. Serve roti canai curry with a side of steamed rice.

3. Serve the roti canai curry with a side of plain boiled rice or yellow noodles.

4. Serve roti canai curry with cooked idli (steamed rice cakes).

5. Roti canai curry may be served with steamed rice or plain boiled rice.

6. The roti canai is also well eaten plain with a side of yogurt, ketchup, and chopped onions and cucumbers if desired.

Health Benefits Of Roti Canai Curry Recipe

1. Roti canai is a healthy snack for diabetics because the carbohydrate content is moderate.

2. Roti canai has a good and high protein level, which is high in several amino acids and vitamins.

3. The MSG content in the roti canai curry recipe is low. The dish does not cause nausea or headaches, unlike some other Indian restaurants that use salsa in their curries, such as Indian restaurant chains subways.

4. The green chilies in the roti canai dish can help improve digestion and treat stomach ulcers and flatulence by increasing the secretion of gastric juices.

5. The tomatoes, onions, and garlic in the roti canai curry recipe are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals within our body.

6. The ginger and coriander in the roti canai curry are good for reducing nausea, stimulating digestion, and improving circulation to regulate blood pressure.

7. The roti canai curry has a very high level of dietary fiber, which helps in reducing cholesterol.

8. Coriander powder is a rich source of vitamin C and can inhibit cancer cell growth.

9. It Can help reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol, thus preventing heart disease and strokes.

10. Chicken is low-fat meat that contains lean protein but has more calories and fat than fish or turkey.

Can I Freeze This Recipe?

Yes, you can freeze this recipe. This recipe can be frozen for up to three months. It would be best to thaw the roti canai in the refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hours before serving.

Is It Good For Everybody?

People who are following special diets like vegan and low-carb diets can make some changes to this recipe:

1. Vegan and Vegetarian: Substitute the chicken with vegetables or tofu. You can also add vegetables to this recipe, such as mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplant.

2. Low-Carb Diet: You can substitute the roti in the recipe with lettuce or cabbage leaves.

3. Heavy on the spit: Use only fresh meat and increase the amount of ketchup to make it less spicy.

4. For pregnant women: No, you do not have to cut out all spices during pregnancy, but you must use spices in moderation.

5. Diabetics: You can serve roti canai with green vegetables like lettuce or any other vegetables that are low in carbohydrates.

6. People on a low sodium diet: You can reduce the amount of salt to just half or a third by using less salt in this recipe.

7. Weight Watchers: Use low-fat cheese for roti canai, substitute oil for butter, and low-fat cream for coconut milk.

8. lactose-intolerant people: Use low-fat yogurt instead of coconut milk and dairy-free cheese such as kite o’shite (Kite Hill brand).

Final Thoughts

Roti canai curry recipe is one of the most popular Malaysian recipes and my favorite dishes ever. I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as I do.

I love using a mixture of both chicken breasts and drumsticks for the chicken meat in this recipe because it’s less fatty than using only chicken breasts but not chewy like chicken thighs.

Chicken drumsticks are also easier to cook than chicken thighs because it takes only 20 minutes to cook when stewed with onions and tomatoes.

The recipe uses only a small amount of oil to sauté the onions, tomatoes, garlic, and spices before adding chicken, which helps to cut down the fat of this dish without compromising its flavors.

For people who are watching their diet but still want to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal, roti canai curry is your go-to recipe!

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