March 16th, 2009

BBD#18: Chapati

felt really troubled when I saw the topic of BBD#18: Quick Breads. My first though was: “But I never do quick breads. I do not LIKE quick breads.”

And the suggested variant Soda-Bread I tried once and did not like to repeat it. Bread means to me yeast and time, a lot of time! And the other recommendations like muffins, wafles and pancakes are for me no breads either, but something like cake. But this weekend I baked muffins, so I send the post to Fun & Food Blog

But then, while preparing an indian dinner, it dawns on me: chapati are quick breads! So good, that it is allowed to hand in two posts!

The recipe is in cups, what is unusual for me. But the recipe calls for cups, and that is unusual for me, too, I followed the recipe. 😉

Chapati

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ghee (geklärte Butter)

Knead flour, water, salt and ghee. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Give the dough a short resting periode, at least 5 min, but a longer is better, because the handling is easier then.

Divide the dough into 8 pices and roll out thinly. Heat your pan to middle heat. Bake the Chapati in the pan on both sides, untill goldenbrown spots develop. If it starts to blister  press the bubbles down with the spatula, so that whole Chapati bloats. (But that does not work with me.) Put on a plate and cover with a towl.

Taste good with indian Curry.

 

Update: Das Round-up ist da!

4 Responses t_on BBD#18: Chapati

  1. Elizabeth March 20th, 2009

    What beautiful chapatis!

    I hope I didn’t misread about the bloating not working for you. We use a footed rack (we purchased it in Indiatown – it’s round and fits over top of the stove burner) to make the chapati puff up. We start the cooking the way you do on our carbon steel tava (looks like you have one of those) looking for little bubbles and uniform lighter colour then we use tongs to move the chapati from the tava to the rack that is set over med high to high heat and move it around on rack so it puffs all over; sometimes little holes appear to deflate it but clever use of the tongs can seal the hole.

    -Elizabeth

    pictures of tava and wire rack on our recipe for chapatis: http://etherwork.net/recipes/flatbread.html#roti

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  2. nick March 17th, 2009

    I was going to wait to make a flat bread till next week but now I guess I’ll have to get the flour out when I get home.

    Very nice!

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  3. elra March 17th, 2009

    OMG, this is my favorite bread as well other Indian bread, what I want to make is that fluffy paratha … I am drooling just thinking about it.
    Cheers,
    elra

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