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Chapati Bread
This bread is rolled out and then cooked on a hot pan, like a tortilla. Then, and here is the tricky part, the round loaf is placed over a hot gas burner and it should swell up like a balloon. Even if it doesn't swell up each time, it's still delicious.

What You Need:
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1¼ cups warm water (105°F)
  • ¾ cups additional white flour for dusting
  • ½ cup melted Ghee for brushing

  • How To Cook:
    1. Place the flours in the bowl of an electric mixer. It must be a very strong machine; otherwise this needs to be done by hand. Using a dough hook, stir in the water.

    2. Knead the dough in the machine until it is very smooth, about 10 to 15 minutes. (The dough can be transferred into a Ziploc plastic bag and refrigerated. Bring it to room temperature before using.)

    3. Divide the dough into 2 portions. Roll each portion into a 12-inch long rope. Cut each into 12 equal parts and roll into smooth balls (or, alternatively, pinch off small portions of dough from the whole and roll each into a smooth 1-inch ball).

    4. Dust the balls lightly to prevent sticking. Keep the rest of the dough covered with a metal bowl, upside down, to prevent it from drying out.

    5. Start heating a griddle or a 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Pick up a single ball, dust it with flour, and place it on your work surface.

    6. Press firmly to flatten it, turning it once. Roll the patty into a thin round circle with a brisk back-and-forth motion from edge to edge to keep it circular. The circle should be about 8 inches in diameter.

    7. Dust often with flour to prevent sticking. Roll at least 6 pieces the same way and keep them on the work surface, covered, to prevent them from drying out. DO NOT STACK, as they will stick together.

    8. Cook each Chapati for a few seconds on each side on the hot griddle. Then place the loaf directly over an open flame to puff it up. This will take only a few seconds.

    9. You may wish to turn the loaf once. Stack the loaves on top of each other, after brushing one side with a bit of Ghee.

    To Make: about 24 chapatis
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    Cuisine » Asia » India
    Main Ingredient » Grains & Cereals » Flour
    Main Ingredient » Condiments » Ghee
    Dish » Bread


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