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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.

How to Store Chapati Dough in Fridge

Storing Chapati Dough in Fridge

Introduction

To keep chapati dough fresh for a short duration, it can be stored in the refrigerator.

However, preserve the chapati dough in the freezer of the refrigerator when stocking for long durations.

Chapati dough can be prepared in large quantities and preserved in the refrigerator for time-saving.

When required to consume, the dough can be cooled to room temperature, rolled and roasted for hot chapatis.

Storing chapati dough in the fridge also results in soft chapatis as the dough softens when kept for long.

Keeping chapati dough at room temperature for prolonged hours results in fermentation of the dough and a hard exterior.

Hence it is best to keep the chapati dough in the fridge when storing for several hours or days.

Dough Preparation

  • Soft chapatis can be preserved.
  • For soft chapatis, soft dough is required.
  • To prepare the same, take one cup of wheat flour and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  • Mix the bowl contents.
  • Water can be replaced with warm milk or yogurt or buttermilk.
  • Yogurt contains lactic acid which softens the dough.
  • Make the dough with water / warm milk / yogurt / buttermilk.
  • Knead the dough for some minutes.
  • The dough should be bouncy and elastic.
  • Press the dough lightly with a finger and if the dough bounces back, the dough is ready.
  • If the dough is sticky, then roll the dough in the flour and re-knead the dough for couple of minutes.
  • The dough contents can also be mixed with a spoon in the bowl.
  • When the dough contents are wet then the dough can be kneaded with the hands.
  • The chapati dough can also be prepared in a stand mixer or food processor.
  • However the dough should be kneaded with the hands for few minutes even after removing from the stand mixer / food processor.

Preserving Chapati Dough in the Fridge

  • The ready chapati dough can be stored in the fridge for some days.
  • The chapati dough can be covered in plastic cling film / aluminum foil.
  • An air-tight container can also serve the purpose.
  • When preserving in plastic cling film / aluminum foil, the chapati dough should be packed tightly to ensure there are no air bubbles.
  • Covering the chapati dough tightly also prevents water from entering the dough.
  • Also the dough does not dry out.
  • However additional water can also be added to the dough while kneading the dough to prevent the dough from becoming stiff in the refrigerator.
  • Then when rolling the chapatis, more flour can be added to make the dough pliable.
  • The chapati dough can also be placed in an air-tight container and preserved in the refrigerator when storing for short periods of time and kept in the freezer when preserving for long durations.

Thawing Stored Chapati Dough

  • The dough can be removed from the refrigerator and allowed to cool to room temperature when the chapatis are to be prepared.
  • The packing of the dough should be removed.
  • Rest on the counter for 30 minutes to 1 hour in a bowl and cover the bowl.
  • Thereafter, knead the dough for some minutes.
  • Then the dough can be split into medium sized dough balls.
  • Throw some flour on the counter and roll the chapatis with the rolling pin.
  • Make thin rounds with the rolling pin.
  • Heat a tawa.
  • Splash few drops of oil on the heated tawa.
  • Spread the oil in the tawa.
  • Fry the chapati in the hot oil.
  • Let it puff up and then flip the chapati side.
  • Allow the flipped side to also puff up.
  • Flip the chapati sides again if required.
  • Get the chapati off the gas.
  • The remaining dough balls can be prepared in the same manner.
  • The chapatis can now be served.