Today I’m sharing a super quick recipe for homemade chapati bread. Chapati is an Indian flatbread which is commonly eaten with most meals in an Indian household. I think of the Indian chapati like the Mexican corn tortilla. The bread is made in homes every day, to serve with each meal.
Unlike Australia and the US, when a curry is served it consists predominately of sauce. Presumably, this is because meat is so expensive. The bread is used to mop up the sauce and make the dish more filling. The sauce is my favourite part of the curry, so I’m happy to devour a basket of chapati as I eat.
Because I’ve been sharing a lot of my favourite curry recipes with you recently I felt it was remiss of me not to give you an authentic flatbread to mop up all that delicious sauce. Actually, it was a member of my Thermomix Kitchen Facebook group that reminded me that I hadn’t shared the recipe.
Therefore today I want to show you just how easy it is to make a chapati. The dough is made with just two ingredients, Atta flour and water. Atta flour is a less processed Indian flour, a little bit like wholemeal flour. Happily, the flour is usually available at Woolworths.
When I was a young girl I used to watch the neighbouring Indian restaurant prepare chapati ready for the evening service. The most amazing thing about the bread is watching it puff up. When the bread is cooking it become almost like a fragile round ball. As soon as the chapati is taken off the heat it flattens back down again. It seemed to me almost like a magic trick.
The funny thing is, I never imagined how easy it would be to make my own chapati! Take a look below at the recipe. It’s only brief, full instructions are available in An Indian ThermoKitchen Cookbook. This cookbook features 28 authentic Indian recipes. Take a look at the recipe index.
Given that you will be making chapatis like a pro, you’ll need to choose a curry to accompany them. I have just released a cookbook called “An Indian ThermoKitchen” which has 20 delicious Indian recipes. Here are some of my favourites.
If you prefer a vegetarian or vegan curry I also have a Lentil Dahl recipe that’s a real winner. Regardless of which dish you choose to accompany your chapati with I’m sure you will enjoy them.
Finally, I would also like to invite you to join my Thermomix Facebook Group. If you have a Thermomix and you would like to share delicious recipes please feel free to join Thermomix Kitchen. We have some fabulous contributors to the group sharing sweet and savoury dishes.