14 May, 2014
How to make soft chapatisPosted in : Indian Breads on by : srilakshminair Tags: asian food, chapati, chapattis, flatbread, indian, indian bread, kneading, roti, soft chapatis
Most of the recipes out there were very simple, with very few instructions. Whenever I ask somebody how they make soft chapattis, they all repeat the same method I’ve already done many times, with no avail. So, after many trial and errors, I figured out what I was doing wrong. And now I have my own way of making soft chapattis. At first, I thought it was just me who was bad at making chapattis, but now I know i’m not alone, and there are people who are looking for that one recipe that explains in detail how to do it the right way. That is why I decided to post a tutorial with ridiculous detail, about how to make chapattis that are soft, round, and not shaped like an amoeba…
You’re going to need:
Whole Wheat flour – 2 cups
Oil ( I use light olive oil, not extra virgin) –4-5 tablespoons
A rolling pin
A clean flat surface to roll out the dough.
A tawa/ griddle pan
And a cook’s greatest tool…clean hands!
Using good atta/whole wheat flour is important. I use either Pilsbury or Ashirvad. Next, we’ll add about a teaspoon of salt.
Pour in a little water…just a little bit…
And, with your hands start mixing the water into the flour…its going to look something like this..
Add a little more water and mix again…it’ll look like this…
Keep adding water, and keep mixing until you get the dough to this consistency…
Make a big ball out of this dough. Now wet your hands..
and gently rub the surface of the dough..Do not add more water. The secret to making really soft chapatis, is in the kneading. You have to knead the dough until it is evenly mixed, and turns into a really smooth ball. Now take the dough out of the bowl, and put it on to the surface to knead. Knead by pushing the dough down..
…and stretching it out with the heel of your hand…
…fold the top half of the dough towards you, press down, and then stretch it out again with the heels of your hands..
Everyone has their own kneading method, but this how I do it. You can use your own method, but in the end, the dough should be smooth, and it should not stick to your hands. Knead for atleast 15 minutes….
Put this dough back into the bowl, and cover with a wet cloth. This is done to prevent the dough from losing moisture.
Let it rest for an hour, and knead again for a 1-2 mintutes. Make golf sized balls out of them, lightly dust the surface…
…and start rolling out the dough, being careful not to roll it out too thin, because then the chapattis will not puff up. I roll it out thin sometimes cause my family likes it that way. It will still be soft and delicious…the only thing is it wont puff up.
You need to hold the rolling pin with both hands, by the way…and just so you know, I do have 2 hands…I was holding a camera in my other hand…so anyway, after rolling it out put it on a really hot iron griddle ( You can also use non-stick pans). Make sure the griddle is really hot! Otherwise, the chapatti will take a long time to bake, and if it takes too much time, it’ll become hard. After putting the chapatti on the griddle, if the griddle is hot enough, within a few seconds you will start to see bubbles forming on top of the chapatti…
…turn it to the other side…
After a few seconds, turn it over again, and it’ll puff up in another few seconds…
After it puffs up take it off the griddle, and put it on a plate…ok, I don’t need to tell you that. I told you this post is ridiculously detailed! Serve it with your favorite curry, and enjoy it hot. Try this out and report back to me!