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How to Series: Chapathi: Pictorial Representation

Friday, January 8, 2010

Chapathi is an flat bread from India. Mainly it is made with whole wheat flour. Some parts of the country use maida/ all purpose flour n wheat flour together to make chapathi's. 

Chapatis are one of the most common forms in which wheat, the staple of northern South Asia, is consumed. Chapati is a form of roti (bread). The words are often used interchangeably. While roti refers to any flat unleavened bread, chapati is a roti made of whole-wheat flour and cooked on a tava (flat skillet). Some people do make roti's with ragi flour.

I always pre make chapathi dough n store it in fridge for 3 weeks. You can see how to make chapathi dough in advance here:

Ingredients:
Wheat Flour: 2cups
Milk: 1cup + if needed
Salt: pinch
Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp( optional) 

Preparation:
1) Mix the dough in a bowl by adding little amount of milk at a time. Mix the dough gently until the edges are cleaned.  Don't make it too hard or too watery.
2) Take small portion of dough. make it into a round. Heat the tawa or skillet.
3) Sift the flour on ground or chapathi pan or you can dust the the small roll with flour on both sides.
4) Roll it into a5 inch diameter by rolling pan.
5) Fold it into half n roll it again.
6) Now fold it into a triangle by folding large diameter sides into one.
7) Roll it again into a thin triangle.
8) Tawa must be really hot. Put the roti over on the preheated tawa. Press it with a spatula.

9) Turn it other side after 30secs n press it.
10) Again turn on other side n press it. Repeat the process  until u see brown spots on both sides.
11) Smoothness of chapathi relies on how many times u flipped and the way u press it. 

12) Finally, chapathi is ready.
                                             Front side of chapathi
                                               Back side of chapathi
By making chapathi in this manner, makes it soft n will last for longer time.
Tips:
1) If dough is sticky dust it with flour repeatedly. always keep a handful of flour in a plate handy while making chapathi's.
2) Add oil only if u like it. Adding oil to chapathi makes it as a fat food n calorie content will be more than a cup of cooked rice. 
3) Instead of mixing with water mix with milk. This makes chapathi soft n nutritious 

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