Chapati or Wheat Flatbread - Indian Roti
  • Wheat flour or Atta- 2 cups
  • Water, lukewarm- 1 cup
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Oil- 1 tsp
  1. In a saucepan, boil the water.
  2. When it comes to a rolling boil, add salt and add the flour.
  3. Combine using a wooden spoon, remove from the heat and let cool down a bit.
  4. While the dough is still warm, knead it using your hands for about 5- 7 minutes.
  5. You could even spread the dough on a clean countertop or a flat platter and knead it.
  6. The dough should be soft, if the dough is hard sprinkle little warm water and knead it.
  7. How soft the dough gets also depends on what brand of flour you are using. In some flour there will be a mix of all purpose flour too, this makes the dough turn little hard.
  8. Knead the dough into a round shape, add oil on the top spread it over and keep aside for 5 minutes.
  9. Make medium sized balls out of the dough.
  10. Place the dough ball on the wooden board or clean counter top.
  11. Sprinkle little wheat flour on it and using a rolling pin roll it to round shape.
  12. Keep rotating the dough while rolling to get the round shape and sprinkle the flour to avoid sticking to the surface.
  13. Always roll only the one side of the dough, don't turn the dough to the other side and roll that side too.
  14. Heat a skillet or tawa or non stick pan over medium heat, let it turn hot.
  15. Place the rolled dough on the pan.
  16. In just 10 seconds (you don't need to cook the bottom side at this point it should just get hot) flip the dough to the other side.
  17. Using a flat spatula, gently press on the sides of the dough, it will slightly puff up.
  18. Now, turn to the other side and most of the times it will puff up by itself, else gently press the sides using a spatula.
  19. Once it's puffed up, remove from the pan.
  20. If you want you could spread little ghee or butter on the hot cooked chapatis.
  21. Make sure not to over cook the dough as it will turn hard and crispy.
Tips for making the perfect puffed up chapatis

Dough should be soft: use hot water or you could even use milk to make the dough soft.
Skillet or tawa should be hot
After placing the rolled dough on the hot pan, flip the dough over before the bottom side gets cooked or brown spots start to appear. You don't need to cook the bottom side at this point it should just get hot.
After you flip the dough over (first flip), cook till brown spots appear on the bottom side, again flip it over (second flip) and gently press on the sides of the dough and it will puff like a balloon.
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