Indian bread or Roti is a dish which is made in almost every part of India. Rotis or flat breads are made from unleavened whole wheat flour and are served with vegetables or curries.
Here in this post, I will explain the basic method of making a roti or chapati.
Ingredients for making Roti:
* 3 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 cup water or more if needed
* salt (optional)
* oil or ghee (optional)
Method for making Rotis:
4: Now start kneading the dough
5: Keep on kneading till the dough becomes pliable and soft
6: Now make balls of the dough with diameter around 3 to 4 centimeters
7: Apply whole wheat flour to the ball. Alternatively, you can also dust the rolling board with flour.
8: Now start rolling the ball into flat rounded circle.
9: Keep on rolling till you get a circle as shown in the below pic.
10: Now put the roti on a hot griddle. First cook one side. It should be less than half cooked as shown in the pic above. Turn and cook the other side. This should be a little bit more cooked than the first side.
11: Now hold the chapati with a tong and keep the first side directly on fire. The chapati will start to puff. Turn and keep the other side on fire. The roti will puff more. Avoid burning the rotis.
12: Remove and apply ghee on the rotis. Rotis have to be served hot with any vegetable or curry. If you cannot serve them hot, then you can keep them in a container that keeps food warm.
I have not added salt or ghee/oil in the dough. Adding ghee or salt makes the roti soft. This is the basic method of making a whole wheat flour dough. This dough you can use for making stuffed parathas like aloo paratha, mooli paratha, gobi paratha, paneer paratha.
It is not necessary to roast the roti directly on fire. You can also cook it on tha tava or griddle. Use a heavy spoon or spatula to apply pressure on the roti while cooking on a griddle, so that the roti puffs up. Do the same on the other side.