- Whole wheat flour 1¾ cups
- Whole wheat flour ¼ cup, for dusting the chapati
- Water 1 cup, or more
Chapati bread is the quintessential Indian preparation that is eaten with almost all kinds of curries, dals, meat and vegetable preparations. Typically, almost all Indian households have a big batch of kneaded dough available in their fridge. So, be it any kind of food preparation, the chapatti bread or ‘roti’ is the dish that completes an Indian meal, particularly in the North Indian cuisine.
In a large bowl, add 1¾ cups of whole wheat flour and enough water to knead it into a soft dough. Keep the dough aside covered for at least 20 minutes. Heat an iron griddle on medium heat. Take a small amount of dough and then roll it into a golf size ball.
Now, coat the dough ball with the ¼ cup of extra flour and then slightly flatten it over a rolling board or a clear and dry rolling surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the chapatti into the thinnest round possible, without breaking it or getting it cracked.
You may dust the chapatti once again if required. Now, carefully lift the chapatti and then place it over the hot pan/griddle. Flip the chapatti when it is slightly cooked and shows slight bubbles on it. Now, let it cook until the base of the chapatti is cooked and has some golden brown spots on it.
Again flip the chapatti and then use a clean and dry cloth to slightly press it so that it bloats well and cooks from all sides with a few brown spots. Repeat this process with the remaining dough. Serve hot chapatti as such or smear with some ghee and enjoy with any curry of your choice!
Make sure to knead the dough until it is smooth and soft in texture. Do not press the rolling pin too hard on the chapatti while rolling it into a thin circle. In fact, do not put too much pressure on the dough at any time to prepare chapatti. You can add some ghee and salt to the flour before kneading it into the dough.
Nutritional information (per serving): 81 Calories, 0.4g Total fat (0.1g Saturated fat, 0g Polyunsaturated fat, 0g Monounsaturated fat), 0mg Cholesterol, 0mg Sodium, 0mg Potassium, 17.6g Total carbohydrates (2.9g Dietary fiber, 0g Sugars), 3.2g Protein