David's Recipe for Chapati

Indians seem to eat many different breads. This chapati is very simple to make and very healthful, since its only ingredients are whole wheat flour and water.

Bread, Indian

  • 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  1. Stir the water into 3 cups of the flour a little at a time. Reserve the rest of the flour for flouring the board and the rolling pin.
  2. Knead for about 5 minutes. Let stand about 1/2 hour.
  3. Preheat an ungreased 9" frying pan on a medium flame (or use a griddle).
  4. Divide the dough into thirds, then halves, then halves again, in other words, into 12 equal pieces. Roll into balls.
  5. Generously flour the board and the rolling pin. Roll the dough into very thin circles to fit the 9" frying pan. Don't roll too many at a time, so that they won't dry out before pan-baking.
  6. Fry (that is, pan bake) the dough for one minute. It will probably puff up in a few places.
  7. Turn the chapati with a spatula and fry on the second side for about a minute, or a little less. It will puff up more, but not evenly.
  8. After every few chapatis, wipe the charred whole wheat grains which have fallen into the pan, so that they will not give a charred taste to the chapatis which you make afterwards.
  9. Serve as bread with curry or another main dish.

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