Storing Chapatis for Long Durations

                How to Store Chapati for Long Time

Introduction

Chapatis can be preserved for long periods of time.

However the time period for preserving chapatis should not exceed 3 months.

To prepare chapatis, chapati dough is needed.

For dough preparation, the dough ingredients should be mixed which include wheat flour, salt and warm water.

The dough should be made, kneaded and divided into equal-sized balls.

The dough balls can then be rolled with the help of a rolling pin.

The rolled dough balls can now be roasted in a heated tawa on the gas.

The cooked chapatis should then be cooled to room temperature.

When the chapatis are cooled, they can be preserved.

They can be stored in the freezer portion of the refrigerator for long durations.

Let us study how the chapatis can be stored for lengthy time periods.

Making Dough

  • The chapatis should be soft for storing / preserving.
  • The dough can be made by mixing the required amount of wheat flour with little salt.
  • No oil should be added in the dough.
  • The dough should be prepared with slightly warm milk instead of water.
  • Knead the dough for 12-15 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with a wet cloth / towel.
  • Set aside the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Then roll the dough into equal sized balls.
  • A rolling pin and board would be required for rolling the dough balls.
  • Roll the dough balls into thin discs.
  • Heat a tawa on the gas.
  • Roast the chapati on medium flame for few seconds and then flip the side of the chapati.
  • Continue until both the chapatis sides are cooked and roasted.
  • The rest of the dough balls can be rolled via the same procedure.

Cooling the Roasted Chapatis

  • After the chapatis are cooked and lightly browned from both sides, they should be brought down to room temperature.
  • To cool the chapatis, the chapatis can be laid on a plate and covered with a kitchen towel.
  • The chapatis are now ready to be stored.

Packing Chapatis for Preservation

  • The cooked chapatis can be preserved in the freezer of the refrigerator.
  • For the same, the chapatis should be stacked.
  • Wax paper / parchment paper can be input between every roti in the pile.
  • Now the pile of chapatis with the wax paper between the chapatis can be covered with aluminum foil.
  • Take sufficient volume of aluminum foil for the purpose and lay the chapati pile in the middle of the aluminum sheet.
  • Fold the sides in the center and wrap the pile of chapatis.
  • Make as many piles as desired.
  • A single pile of chapatis should be sealed in a freezer bag / zip-lock bag.
  • The air trapped in the freezer bag should be let out before sealing the bag.
  • This process prevents the water from the freezer to be absorbed by the chapatis.
  • The sealed freezer bag can now be stored in the freezer.
  • The period of storage should however not be more than 3 months.
  • The chapatis can be reheated and consumed when required.

Thawing the Chapatis

  • The frozen chapatis need to be thawed before reheating them after they are preserved for long durations in the freezer.
  • The chapatis can be thawed by refrigerating the freezer bag containing the pile of chapatis for a

minimum period of 3 hours.

  • The risk of bacteria accumulation could increase when the chapatis are thawed out of the refrigerator for many hours.

Reheating the Thawed Chapatis

  • To reheat the thawed chapatis, they should be removed from the bag and foil.
  • They can now be put in the oven to warm or heat them.
  • The thawed chapatis can also be made hot in a heated tawa on the gas.
  • However the chapatis can also be thawed and warmed in the microwave. They should be covered with paper towel. The microwave should be set on warm mode and the covered chapatis should be placed in the microwave for some seconds.

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