15-Minute Power Bread
This is ‘chapati’ or ‘roti’ as we call it in India, but powered with vegetables and spices to make it colourful, flavourful and healthful. And yes, this takes only 15 minutes to make. Here is my recipe:
For making 4 chapatis, you need:
1 and 1/4 cup of wholewheat flour (you can toss in some oats for an extra power punch)
A handful of finely shredded spinach leaves
1 grated carrot
˝ cup plain yogurt to knead the dough ( more or less if need be)
A sprinkling of dried oregano or carom seeds
A pinch of sea salt, or a little more if you like your bread more salty
Just toss everything together in a deep bowl and knead well with the heel of your hand, until you have a smooth ball of dough. I like to coat the dough lightly with olive oil so that the surface doesn’t dry out too quickly. Plus it is easier to roll out that way.
Now, pluck a tomato-sized portion from the dough and roll it out flat and round with an efficient rolling pin. You will need to sprinkle some flour on the surface to keep the dough from sticking. Keeping the pressure light also helps.
Don’t worry too much about the shape or thickness of the rolled-out dough. It will take you a few tries to get it the way you want.
If you have a flat cast-iron pan or griddle, place the disc on it and cook on medium heat, flipping frequently to let it cook on both sides. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Brown spots appearing on the surface are a happy clue that things are going as they should. If it puffs up, congratulations! You’re already a pro.
Make more chapatis exactly the same way. You can pile them atop each other, covered nicely with a clean kitchen cloth. But let me tell you—reheated chapatis don’t taste as great as fresh, hot off the griddle ones. In any case, I am not a fan of food that has been sitting there for a while.
Ideally, you should slide the chapatis out into a plate as soon as they’re done, and enjoy hot with a stir-fry, stew or a bowl of lentils.
Tip: You can play with different greens and veggies to make your chapati. I’ve blended together beetroot, sweet peas and a radish and kneaded the dough together with the juicy pulp. It looks brilliant and tastes beautiful!. Of course it is laden with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, too. So don’t restrict yourself—discover the power of the chapati!