Taste the World - Bangladesh - Chapati (Whole Wheat Flat Bread)

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*Official name: People's Republic of Bangladesh *Motto: 'In War, In Peace We are Everywhere for our Country' *Capital: Dhaka *Official Languages: Bengali *Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic*Area: 56,977 sq mi  *Population: (2015 estimate) 168,957,745 *Currency:  Taka (BDT) *Time Zone: BST *Drives on the: left *International code: BD (data from Wikipedia)

For Bangladesh, I made Chapati, a whole wheat flat bread. This recipe doesn't have any leavening agent, but is a delicious healthy bread option. I topped mine with butter and a little bit of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat. 

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Chapati Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • about 3/4 cup warm water (enough for a kneadable dough)

METHOD:

  1. Put flour in a large mixing bowl, setting aside about half a cup for rolling chapatis. Stir salt through the flour, then add oil and rub in with fingertips, as though making pastry.

  2. Add the measured water all at once, moisten all the flour and mix to a firm dough. Knead dough for at least 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Since there is no leavening agent in these breads, kneading is used to develop lightness. Gather dough into a ball, put into a small bowl and cover tightly with plastic food wrap. Leave for 1 hour or longer. This resting period is also vital for making light, tender breads.

  3. Divide dough into balls of even size, about as big as a large walnut or small egg. Roll each out on a lightly floured board, lightly dusting board and rolling pin with reserved flour and keeping the shape perfectly round if possible. Roll out the chapatis to be cooked, and when starting to cook them, start with those which were rolled first, since the short rest between rolling and cooking makes the chapatis lighter.

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         4. Heat a heavy frying pan, put the first chapati on the hot pan and leave for 1 minute on medium heat. Turn it over and place second side down. After a further minute, press lightly around the edges of the chapati to encourage the disc of bread to puff up and bubble. Do not overcook or the chapatis will become crisp and dry instead of pliable                  and tender.

        5. Wrap the cooked chapatis in a tea towel. Serve warm with butter, curry or other dishes.

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