How to Make Chapati and Store
Chapati, which is great accompaniment to most of the Indian side dishes, is also the most preferred food in India. Because of its immense health benefits, most of the aged people have chapati for dinner. Combined with a tasty side dish, you can enjoy a delightful dinner. Many women, especially the working women prefer to make chapati and store it, so that they can use it as and when they want. Making chapati is quite a tiresome job, and making it every day is extremely boring and frustrating. So the best solution is to make chapati and store it, so that you just need to heat it before eating.
How to make chapati?
Chapati dough can be kneaded by adding hot water, warm milk or regular yogurt. If you are planning to store the chapatis for a long time, say more than a month, then you should use yogurt.
Take 2 cups of flour in a bowl and add salt. Knead the flour yogurt slowly only what is needed, as you go. The flour should not be too watery. Continue to knead till you get the right consistency. Add oil and knead to smooth dough. Cover with a wet cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into small smalls and roll them in your palm, then slightly flatten them. Coat them in wheat flour and roll each ball in circular motion to make a round circle. Heat a tawa, place a chapati on it. When you see small bubbles, turn it over. Again when bubbles arise, slightly press with a folded cloth. The chapati will puff up. Remove from heat. Tasty, soft chapati is ready. Make the remaining chapatis and stack them in an airtight container, so that they remain soft till you eat them.
How to store chapati?
I hope you have learnt how to make chapati. Now I shall tell you how to store the chapatis. Storing the chapatis depends on how long you intend to store them. Is it just a few hours, days or months?
- If you are making the chapatis about 30 minutes before dinner, just wrap the chapatis in a dry kitchen towel and place them in an airtight container. The chapatis will be warm when you use them after half-an-hour.
- If you want to store freshly made chapatis for one hour, then store them in either tortilla warmer, which is a storage bag made of insulated fiber or pizza delivery bag which is made of thermally insulated material. Both these are available on the Internet.
- If you want to store chapatis for three hours, just place them in either pizza delivery bag with heating element or in a crack-pot conventional oven.
- If you want to store the chapatis for two days, just wrap the chapatis when they become cool, in aluminum foil and place them in a sealable bag, close the seal and store them in the refrigerator.
- And finally, if you want to store the chapatis for three months or more, wrap the chapatis when they become cool, in an aluminum foil, place them in a ziploc bag and freeze them.
Now that you have learnt to make chapati and store chapati, do try it and enjoy them with superb, delicious side dishes.