Make It Fresh: Roti Canai

Make it Fresh is a Tablecrafter series that features great recipes that you can recreate at home.

Roti Canai: A popular accompaniment to both sweet and savory dishes in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Traditionally served with curry sauces, dhal, and condensed milk, its mild, neutral character lets bold flavors take center stage. Roti canai adds texture to every bite—similar to puff pastry, this flatbread requires flattening out and constant addition of oil to create a flaky texture. Letting the dough rest for a while will ease handling, so try making it a day in advance if possible.

Roti Canai

Yield: 68 pieces, estimated
Time: 2 hours (30 for prep / 1 hour and 30 for resting)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup vegetable oil or ghee


  1. Dissolve the salt in the water. Stir to ensure that the salt is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the salted water into the flour. Mix and knead until smooth and elastic, about eight minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 68 balls. Liberally coat with oil and put the balls into an oiled bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rest for at least one hour, preferably overnight.
  5. With the palms of your hands, push the dough into a disc. Gently lift the dough with your fingers and throw it away from you. Repeat the process about five times. The dough will stretch paper thin, avoid making holes. Add more oil when necessary.
  6. Fold the stretched dough into the center until the two sides overlap. Lift one end of the dough and swirl it into the shape of the snail. Tuck the loose end under the disc. Let the dough rest for at least 20 minutes.
  7. With oiled palms, flatten the discs until they are about half a centimeter in thickness. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the roti for two minutes on one side. Flip and cook for one minute more. Serve immediately with either dhal, curry sauce, or condensed milk.   

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Our First Live Photography and Prop Styling Workshop

Price:           Php 16,000
Early Bird:  Php 14,500
Slots:           Only 16 slots

When:         July 22–23, 2017

Where:       Unit 108–110 G/F Ferros Bel-Air                      Tower, corner of Durban, Felipe,                      and Polaris streets Brgy.                      Poblacion, Makati City, 1210

Early bird pricing is only applicable for applicants who confirm on or before June 19, 2017. Sign up now!

Join the Photokitchen team in a two-day intensive class on the Fundamentals of Food Photography, Prop Styling, and Basic Post-Processing.

Explore different ways of working with natural light and create professional looking food shots using affordable equipment. Design sets for food subjects using Photokitchen’s extensive prop library and learn how to post-process your food images for both personal and commercial outputs.

We’re only opening 16 slots for this class to give each student a very personal hands-on experience. Students will be immersed in different practical exercises where they’ll be able to shoot and prop style dishes in their respective work stations.



Course Overview:

  • A clear understanding of natural light in food photography, and how to make the most out of it. How to use front, side, and back light.
  • Take noise-free food shots in low-light conditions.
  • Basic equipment, camera settings, lenses, and affordable tools to boost the quality of your food shots.
  • The different styles of composition and framing for food.
  • How angle & perspective is affected by the nature of the dish.
  • Starting your own prop library: What props to buy first.
  • Hands-on exercises. The class will be given editorial briefs to photograph and style sets of dishes on their own, with the guidance of the Photokitchen team.
  • Tips on dealing with clients and working with food brands in the form of actual real-life case studies.
  • Finding your workflow: Planning, styling, shooting, and post-processing using Adobe Lightroom.



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  1. Knowledge and practical training to shoot food at a professional level.

  2. Live demos, exercises, and real-life commercial and editorial briefs to hone your technical skills.
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  4. Live critique of photos taken during the class itself.
  5. A certificate of completion.
  6. Access to all online classes here in Tablecrafter worth $265.
  7. Meals and snacks for the entire duration of the class.
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What You'll Need:

  1. Full knowledge of basic photography principles. You can complete Tablecrafter's free Digital Photography Essentials online class here.
  2. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual and live view functions.
  3. A tripod during class.
  4. A laptop with Adobe Lightroom.


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