Malaysian Murtabak recipe

Malaysian Murtabak recipe

Ramadan Murtabak

Recipe Type: Snacks

Cuisine: Malaysian

Author: Caroline Artiss

Prep time: 8 hours 30 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 8 hours 50 mins

Serves: 8

Murtabak is a delicious snack made from roti bread filled with a ground curried beef filling and egg.


  • Roti - (you can also buy frozen paratha bread)
  • 500g / 3 cups plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 250 ml / 1 cup warm water
  • 125ml / ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tsp sugar


  • Filling:
  • 300g minced meat
  • 2 red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 eggs


  1. To make the roti from scratch
  2. Mix dry and wet ingredients slowly and knead
  3. Rest for two hours before dividing it into 8 balls and put in fridge for a minimum 8 hours
  4. When ready to cook, take out dough balls and let it come to room temperature
  5. Make the filling
  6. Cook minced meat with red onions, garlic, curry powder and salt until dry
  7. This should take about 6 – 8 minutes., then add the sliced onion and stir in
  8. Roll out or toss a ball of roti to as thin as you can get
  9. Here is the part you can cheat if you like. Buy some frozen paratha, defrost and then roll out!
  10. Add a large spoonful of filling to the middle, a spoonful or 2 of egg mixture and fold up
  11. You can do this on your work surface or in the pan
  12. Then adding a little oil cook both sides for a few minutes on a low heat so the bread can cook and become nice and crispy


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