Minced Lamb Curry and Roti Jala


Serves 4

Minced lamb curry and roti jala is a popular dish influenced by Indian spices. Not only is it popular in Indonesia but also in Malaysia and Singapore with their own adapted spices. In Indonesia, this dish is popular in Sumatra but today it is available almost anywhere around the country.

Making the roti jala usually uses a special scoop that has multiple holes to make the web effect. I personally feel uncomfortable using it so at the end I will just use a large scoop and make a web pancake.

Minced Lamb Curry:
500 gr minced lamb
500 ml coconut milk

3 garlic cloves
3 cm ginger
5 candle nuts, saute in hot pan without oil
5 long red chili, cut into 3 pieces
1 small onion, cut into thin slices

1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp fennel seeds,saute in hot pan without oil
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1-2 tsp salt
a dash of white pepper

5 cm galingale
5 cardamom pods, crush with the side of your knife
3 star anise
1 lemon grass, cut into 4 pieces and crush with the side of your knife
3 keffir lime leaves
3 bay leaves
1 tsp pitted tamarind

How to prepare:
-make garlic, ginger, candle nuts, long red chili into a paste, set aside
-heat oil in pan, saute the onions until golden brown
-add the garlic paste, saute until cooked
-add the minced lamb, stir gently
-add all remaining ingredients except for the coconut milk, saute until the oil from the lamb blends with the spices
-add the coconut milk, stir gently, if it is too thick add some more water
-cook for another 5-10 minutes

Roti Jala:

225 gr all purpose flour
1 egg
250 ml coconut milk
250 ml water
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare:
-add all the ingredients in a bowl, stir well until they are all well blended
-heat pan and add thin layer of oil evenly
-take a scoop of the pancake mixture and pour thinly to the pan, making a web form
-take out of the pan cooked but not dried
-lay on a large plate,fold and roll
-repeat the process

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4 thoughts on “Minced Lamb Curry and Roti Jala

  1. I’ve seen this pancake around and have meant to try it. The roti jala mold can be substituted with a squeeze bottle with a thin nozzle, I think. It’s a beautiful woven pancake.

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