Chapati Recipe- The Secret to Soft Layered Chapatis.
Chapati also known as roti is an unleavened flatbread and is made from mixing wheat flour with water along with other ingredients to form a dough. Many people consider cooking chapati a hard task but with mastery of the right skills, it can be the most interesting task.
Below we will discuss the most basic ingredients that one requires to make chapatis. However other ingredients can also be added depending on your preferred taste. It is important to note that the secret to making soft chapatis lies in how you prepare the dough. The ratio of water to chapati flour plays a very big role in ending up with a soft dough which will in turn produce soft chapatis. The ratio of flour to water should be 2:1. The recipe below will produce around 15 chapatis.
-3 Cups chapati flour
-1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
-1tablespoon of sugar
-3/4 tablespoon of salt
-1 tablespoon of oil
-More oil for cooking the chapatis
-Other optional ingredients could include:
-In a bowl, add the 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water, the wheat flour, sugar, salt and the 1 tablespoon of oil. mix the ingredients initially using a spoon and then start kneading the dough using your hands.
-Keep adding more flour as you knead until the dough stops sticking on the hands. Add 1 more tablespoon of oil and continue kneading until the dough is soft.
-Cover the bowl using a kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 1 hour for best results.
-Divide the dough into small balls
-Roll the ball using a rolling pin on a rolling board which has been dusted with flour to form a circle and spread some oil on it.( There are also chapati maker available in the market to automate this process)
-Fold it into a spiral and the roll it again into a circle
-Pre-heat your pan for around 5 minutes then place the chapati on the pan to cook. Add some oil as it cooks and turn to the other side to cook.
-Repeat this procedure for all the Chapati balls.