Monday 21 May 2012

Roti Ketawa ( Laughing Cookies )

I always want to make this cookies..., my childhood snack. I spent 6 years in Pematang Siantar, where most children will have it for snack. It has a split in the middle and it looks likes someone is laughing hence we call it " roti ketawa ", literally means laughing cookies. I remember vividly it was the size of my fist and quite hard to bite, so this time I make it much smaller and softer than the original. It is tastier and easier to eat.

Ingredients :

350    gr         Flour
    1    tbsp     Baking powder
  25    gr        Butter, melted
  10    tbsp     Syrup
    2    whole  Eggs, lightly beaten
  50    gr        Sesame
  60    gr        Peanut, roasted and ground
Oil for deep frying

Method :

  • Sift the flour together with baking powder in a bowl
  • Make a well in the middle of the bowl, add the butter. 
  • Using a fork, stir out ward, add the syrup and egg, keep stirring.
  • Add the peanut and 2 tbsp of the sesame, now knead the dough with your hand until form a ball and not sticky.
  • Leave it to rest for 30 minutes, cover with a cloth.

Make a ball the size of a nutmeg

Put it on sesame bed and lightly press it while you are rolling it. 
This way the sesame will stick on the dough balls.

Deep fry in a very low heat, stir occasionally until golden.
Put on kitchen paper to reduce excess oil.
Serve Roti ketawa to accompany your tea.....


  1. di sumbawa itu juga ada, tp q lupa namanya apa.. :D

  2. Oooo kupikir roti ketawa monopokinya kota P.Siantar ternyata gak ya, mungkin karena kita tinggal di Indonesia....., makanannya hampir sama hanya versinya yang berbeda.

  3. Di Jakarta juga kita jualan roti ketawa

  4. Pasti laris ya....., saya yakin orang Jakarta suka roti ketawa.....