OAC Web Quest: How to Cook Chapati

Make-Your-Own Chapati

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt (or 1/2 teaspoon, if you want it less salty)
2 tablespoons oil, plus more for cooking
2 cups warm water

1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and mix in with your hands until the mixture resembles sand.
3. Slowly add water until you form an elastic dough. (You’ll probably need about ¾ cup or so.)
4. Divide dough into 4 equal parts.
5. Roll out 1 ball into a thin circle. Spread 1/2 teaspoon oil on top. Roll the circle up, like a jelly roll, then coil the dough into a spiral shape. (It should resemble a snail shell.)
6. Repeat step 5 for the other balls of dough.
7. Let dough spirals rest for at least 20 minutes (or up to 8 hours). If you live in a dry climate, cover the dough with a moist towel so it won’t dry out.
8. Roll out each dough spiral into a circle 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
9. Lightly grease a frying pan—pour oil on a piece of waxed paper or paper towel and rub it across the surface of the pan.
10. With a parent’s help, warm pan over high heat until oil starts to shimmer.
11. Ask a parent to place the first chapati circle in the hot pan. Once it begins to change color and puffs up around the edges (about 30 seconds to 1 minute), flip it over to cook the other side.
12. Cook the remaining chapati, one at a time.

Jesse and Brock’s Dessert Chapati
Once your chapati is cooked, top with cinnamon sugar and whipped cream. Yum!

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