Roti/Chapati/Indian flat bread is a traditional bread which can be called as carrier for curries or cooked vegetables or dals. There are many types and many ways of preparing this. We can prepare roti using wheat flour or maida or barley flour or soy bean flour, black chickpea flour, pearl millet (bajra), maize (makka/jowar) flour, etc. You can different stuffing’s to normal chapati to create yummy variations like Aloo paratha, Gobi paratha, Mix vegetable paratha, Paneer paratha. etc. The first and major important thing to remember while making roti is dough. The softer the dough, the softer the chapati’s. Shaping of chapati’s comes by practice. It took two years for me to learn a good and even rolled roti/chapati. At my mom’s place roti/chapati is must for breakfast. Sometimes my cute sis says if there is any competition in eating chapati, I am gonna come first because I have that many years of practice in eating them. I usually make roti’s in dinner. I love the aromatic smell when the roti is heated on tava or frying pan. Even with one simple side dish we can relish these and today I am going to give you a pictorial view of ‘How to make a simple roti/chapati…..?’
Roti – Detailed Pictorial Recipe
- 2 cups Wheat flour
- 1/4 cup Wheat flour, for dusting
- Water, enough to make a soft dough
- 2 tbsp.Oil for kneading
- pinch of salt
Combine wheat flour, salt and oil. Gently knead the dough by adding water slowly.
Knead till you get soft and elastic dough. Leave the dough by covering with a kitchen towel for 15-20 minutes.
- Knead again for 5-6 minutes before you start dividing the dough into equal small portions. Dust them with flour and set aside.
- Now take one small dough ball and roll into a small circle/triangle/square (whatever you are comfortable of). Brush a drop of oil and fold the corners into inside (as shown in the picture below).
- Repeat the same process to all the dough balls and set aside. Now dust the rolling pin and the surface with the flour and start rolling out roti’s one by one.
- Concentrate on the edges to get even rolled and flat roti. Keep applying plain flour in between to prevent it from sticking on to the roller pin.
- Heat pan or tava and wipe it clean with kitchen towel. Place the rolled chapati/roti on it and cook for a minute until the top looks dry then turn it over and cook on the other side till small bubbles appear and chapati starts to puff.
Use flat ladle/kitchen towel to press roti gently while cooking the other side, to get roti’s puffed.
- Brush the chapati/roti with oil/ghee on either side and take out on a clean kitchen towel and store in a hot casserole or serve hot with your choice of curry or dal.
- Last but not least add your ‘love’ to make the dish ‘YUMMY’.