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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Making of Chapattis (30th Serv)

Chapatti is a favorite bread throughout India. The ingredients for this chapatti recipe are simple: flour, water, salt and oil, but it takes practice to make them just right.

Some people like to smear each chapatti with a thin layer of ghee, immediately after it comes off the fire. Though it tastes lovely with ghee, I prefer not to use any. In the days of my childhood, it was considered mean or bad-mannered to serve ghee-less chapattis to guests, but then people were neither fat/overfed, nor prone to heart problems early in life!

Have a look on below method that I have done in my kitchen.

Ingredients: (for 10-12 Chapattis)

Atta - 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 table spoon

Method to make Chapattis:

To prepare the dough (A flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll), you need a thali or a large platter with a raised rim. Sieve the atta with the salt into this.

Start adding the water, say 1/4 cup at a time, mixing it in with your fingers till it is absorbed and the atta starts to cohere into a stiffish dough (A flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll). As the dough starts to form and only a little of the atta remains dry, add the water with circumspection. The idea is to use only as much as is needed to form the dough, which should not be wet and sticky, but also not so stiff as to make it difficult to work with.

Once you have a nice firm ball of dough, the trick of making soft chapattis is to knead it well. It is quite hard work, but satisfying, once you get the knack. Punch the ball of dough with the heel of your hand, and as it flattens out of all over it with your knuckles. When it gets thin, pull the far edge of the dough towards you with your fingers, and fold it over. Punch, knuckle and pull; punch, knuckle and pull, turning the platter with your other hand as you do so. And that is it. Keep at it for about 5 minutes, till the dough loses its stickiness, and you have the makings of lovely soft supple chapattis and serve it to your beloved hubby and kids.

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