Roti/Chapati/Wheat Pancakes :)

5 Apr

Ha. So lets start extremely basic.

1. Take some wheat flour. To start just take 2 big spoons. This is because you really don’t know (if you’re new) aboout how many Rotis you CAN actually make with that much flour.

2. Dump it into a vessel. Add a little salt. Again start with less as you can’t remove salt; you can add more if you want. So a 1/4 tsp salt should be enough to start.

3. Pour very little water into the vessel. Start mixing.

4. Keep mixing until every bit of water you have poured is totally absorbed by the flour and the mixture is dry.

5. Now pour a little more water. Repeat the process.

6. Continue this process until you find:
a) There isn’t any flour stuck to the vessel
b) There isn’t any flour stuck to your hand

7. Wash your hands well and dry them.

8. Put a couple of small spoons of oil into the flour and mix the oil in by kneading well.

9. At the end of all this, the mixture should be a dough which is not too soft(so its sticky) and not too hard(so it breaks when you divide it into pieces).

10. If its too soft, add a little flour to make it less sticky and remix. If its too hard, add water little by little (be careful) to get the consistency you want.

11. Divide flour into “equalish” parts and roll into a circle. Don’t roll too hard, it’ll just stick to the rolling pin and tear…causing a lot of frustration ๐Ÿ™‚

12. Keep the rotis small initially and maybe the atta slightly on the harder side. This causes it to tear less while rolling. How do I know? ๐Ÿ˜‰

13. That’s it! Heat a Tava [Baking Pan] and toss the rolled thing (cant find a word) to bake. Let it ge brownish (not black or white) on both sides. A little bit oil while baking improves the taste. Very little mind you. Don’t drench it.

14. Make as many as you want ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, this is extremely painful initially and you will fail around 50 times before getting the hang of it. Once you do though, its very quick and easy to do. Good luck.

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