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Roti, Chapati (Flat Indian Bread)

By: Hemant Kumar Mangal
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks
Servings: 4

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup lukewarm water (Use as needed)

Also needed

2 teaspoons ghee (clear butter)
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour for rolling

Directions

Mix flour, salt, and water to make soft dough, adding water as needed. Knead the dough for about one minute on a lightly greased surface to make it smooth and pliable. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set aside at least ten minutes.
Divide the dough into four equal parts. Make smooth balls and press flat.
Before rolling the roti press both sides of the ball on a dry floured surface to make them easy to roll.
Roll to form a six-inch-diameter circle. Use just enough dry flour to roll the roti, as too much flour will make them dry. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly dust the rotis with dry flour.
Heat an iron or heavy skillet on medium high heat. To test, sprinkle a few drops of water on the skillet. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready.
Place the one roti into the skillet. When the roti start to change color and start puffing flip it over. There will be some golden brown spots.
Flip again after a few seconds. Using a flat spatula, press lightly on the puffed parts of the roti. This will help the roti puff up. Flip the roti again, until it has light golden-brown spots on both sides.
Repeat the same process for remaining roties. Butter the roti, the side that is facing the skillet.
Place the rotis in a container lined with a paper towel. Cover the container after each roti.
Roti can be kept outside for up to 2 days wrapped in aluminum foil or in a closed container. For later use, roti can be refrigerated for 5-6 days. Re-heat in a skillet.

Comments

Roti also known as Chapati or Fulka, is Indian flat bread made with whole wheat flour. In North India, roti is part of the main meal. Roti is served with a variety of cooked vegetables, lentils, and yogurt.

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