Whole Wheat Chapattis


Yesterday’s post, Managing Type 2 Diabetes with Carbohydrates, discussed how healthy carbohydrates can help with insulin control. Whole wheat is also a healthy choice for any one managing their weight or cholesterol.

Chapati or chapatti is a type of roti or Indian bread eaten in South Asia and East Africa and is traditionally served with cooked dal (lentil soup) or vegetable Indian curry dishes, but you can use them as sandwich wraps as well. Today’s recipe, which comes from the Wheat Foods Council, is very easy and fun to make. Enjoy!

(Makes 16 Servings or 16 rounds)

  4 cups whole wheat flour
  2 teaspoons salt
  2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1 1/2 cups water, lukewarm (105° – 115°), divided

Directions: Preheat oven to 250°F.

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in 1 cup of water and oil. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup water, continuing to mix until flour absorbs water. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 8 minutes. Do not add more flour. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide into 16 equal pieces and roll each into thin rounds, 6 to 7-inches in diameter. Use a light dusting of flour if necessary when rolling out. Do not stack.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Place one chapatti on the griddle and cook about 10 seconds; flip chapatti and cook for 1 minute, flip again and cook about 1 minute. Use a folded dry dish towel or wadded up paper towel to press down any bubbles that start to rise up so that the bread cooks evenly. Bread should puff up and have an even distribution of brown spots.

Place on a clean dish towel and lightly brush top with butter, if desired. Keep chapattis warm on a baking sheet in preheated oven, loosely covered with foil. Serve warm.

To eat, tear chapattis in pieces or use as a wrap—simply fill, roll and eat.

VARIATION: Use 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour.

For more healthy recipes check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites

One response to “Whole Wheat Chapattis”

  1. Marnie says:

    Thanks for the idea! Just getting started toward health …again…and I’ve been looking for interesting alternatives to the foods I tend to eat over and over. Best not to get into a rut and I hadn’t even thought of the health benefits of chapati. Just found your blog; best of luck to you and thanks for sharing your experiences.

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