Chapatis are the staple Indian food everybody loves. It’s healthy as well as delicious. It’s also the first thing we learn to cook.
Now don’t think this is silly. Because chapatis can be easy to make but taste different each time. I remember making chapatis for the first time and I had to literally tear though them (hard enough). Mastering chapati making is simple, wish I had known it earlier.
The secret of the healthiest and finest chapatis lies in the wheat flour used. I prefer making my own wheat flour from the mill. It’s really very simple. All you have to do is buy whole wheat and find a mill to grind it. Once you taste homemade wheat flour chapatis, there is no turning back to the store bought ones.Trust me. They are delicious. Store bought aatas are definitely adulterated but if you have no option, you can use them.
So coming back to making chapatis, first know the measurement. Here I have mentioned minimum quantity for 2 persons. You can double or triple the amount for 4,6 persons respectively.
For 2 persons – 1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt
Makes 6 small chapatis or 4 large chapatis
Take wheat flour in a deep bowl and miX in salt.
Warm 1/2 cup water and add slowly to the flour kneading it. You will need less than 1/2 cup so add water carefully. The dough should not be sticky. Just make sure all the flour sticks together. Keep kneading until you get a smooth and soft dough.
Add one tsp oil. I use till oil (helps in softening the dough). And mix it in and set aside for at least 15minutes.
Make small balls and roll them onto a floured surface using a rolling pin.
Don’t worry if your chapati is not round. You can just cut it round with a plate and knife. Also the dough will come out evenly on all sides.
Keep tawa on high flame, I repeat, high flame. Cooking on low flame will make chapatis harder. Once you see the tawa smoking, flip the chapati onto it and add oil/ghee if desired. Flip it over in less than a minute. The chapati will get cooked fast so keep flipping it until light brown dots come over it.
If you feel flame too hot, occasionally reduce the flame to low.
Soft and delicious chapatis ready!