How to make chapati soft?
Question about How to make chapati soft?
I would like to know how one should make chapatti so that it stays soft and edible. If it is made in morning and consumed in the afternoon.
Specially for kids in tiffin-box.
I have been told one needs to put many spoons of oil for chappatis to be soft ! Again am not convinced cos from health point of view one needs to consume least of oil in diet
--------------------------------------Answer by Admin-(Nayana)
How to make and keep chapatis soft without using too much oil?
You do not need to add too many spoons of oil to keep chapaties soft. You need to add only a little.
For chapaties to stay soft for a long time, the following things should be done. Whole process of making chapaties matters. A wrong step can result in not so soft chapaties.
- It is important to use good quality wheat flour.
- Using lukewarm water to make chapati dough helps in keeping chapaties soft.
- Using only milk or a mix of milk and water to make chapati dough helps in keeping chapaties soft.
The consistency of the dough
- Use just enough liquid/water to make soft and pliable dough. Too hard (tight) dough will make it difficult to roll and the chapati will be hard too.
- If the dough is loose (contains more water than necessary, you will need to use more dry flour while rolling which can make chapati hard.
- Resting dough for 20-30 minutes is a must to make soft chapati.
- Knead dough well after it has rested for
20-30 minutes and before making balls.
- Keep dough balls covered till you are ready to roll them. You may cover them with a wet cloth or keep them in a box.
- Once a round is rolled out, add a few drops oil onto the circle and spread it. Fold the circle in half and again to form a triangle.
- Roll again to form a circle or a triangle (your preference).
- While rolling, remember to roll the edges thinner than the center. This helps in puffing up of the chapati while cooking.
Important points while cooking chapati
- The heat while cooking chapati is important.
- The tava(girdle) should be heated well before you place the rolled chapati on it. Once the tava is heated, you can keep the heat medium.
- Maintain the heat where you get the chapati to puff up and get light brown spots.
- Too high heat will cook the chapati too quickly and burn the chapati.
- Too low flame will take longer for the chapati to cook and make the chapaties stiff and hard.
- Press the chapati lightly with a spatula while it is on the tava. Press at the point where you see the steam escaping. This will help the chapati to separate the layers and puff up nicely.
How you store chapati is important too.
As soon as the chapati is made, store it in a container. That way, it will not dry out and become hard.
There are special chapati boxes available. You may make use of them.
You may visit the page below to read the step by step instructions with photos.Making chapati
Hope this helps.