These simple, traditional Indian flatbreads are especially good served with curried soups and stews. From Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney.
Makes: 12 (5- to 6-inch) chapatis
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water, or as needed
- Neutral cooking oil, such as safflower
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and stir together. Add water a bit at a time until the dough holds together. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a small floured bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Roll out each ball of dough into a thin round, about 5 inches in diameter.
Set a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Use a paper towel to distribute a small amount of oil over the bottom of the skillet.
Cook one round of dough at a time until touched with light brown spots, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side; repeat with the other balls of dough. Keep the chapatis warm, stacked one atop another in foil, until all are done. Serve at once.
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