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What is Indian Muslim Cuisine (Mamak)?

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What is Indian Muslim Cuisine (Mamak)?

The Indian Muslim community in Malaysia cooks a vibrant cuisine using fish, chicken, eggs, mutton, and beef. As such, the preparation of food and drinks in the restaurant is halal according to Islamic dietary laws. The food preparation is Kosher.

The cuisine is incredible with its Biryani and range of delicious curries. Biryani has its origins among the Muslims of South Asia. This is a mixed rice dish made with spices, rice, meat (Chicken, Mutton, Beef or Fish) and even boiled eggs.

Instead of Dosa and Sambars, Indian Muslim cuisine has Roti Canai and Murtabak.
The Roti is an Indian-influenced flatbread sold in Mamak (Indian Muslims) stalls and is usually Halal. Sometimes it’s referred to as “flying bread” dough technique calls for “stretching” by tossing and spinning during the preparation process.

For dining on the cheap side, you can order a roti canai which comes with a free dhal (lentil curry).
For a delicious meal, you can order the versatile roti canai which is a versatile staple with a variety of fillings. The savory fillings are sardines, onion, eggs. A more luxurious preparation will have mutton and chicken fillings.

For the sweet fillings sliced bananas, peanut butter, jam, Nutella and condensed milk is drizzled on top. This is served without the curry.

Murtabak is a savory giant meat and egg stuffed pockets of roti canai dough. This is served with pickled pink onions.

The Mamak Stall is a truly Malaysian hangout in the evenings.  This is captured hilariously in “Tales from the Mamak”, a play at penangpac.