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15-Minute Power Bread

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!

Bon appetit.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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4:39PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Looks easy and quick!I'm trying these...Great while making food outside,in the grill..

7:27AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012


7:24AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Thank you so much for the recipe. Have loved this bread in my favorite Indian restaurant!

10:23PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Just 2 days ago I made chapati for the first time to go with an African dish, this recipe seems super easy and I will try it next time,

12:10PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

I've copied the recipe, I look forward to trying it. thank you for sharing.

10:03PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

This actually, looks do-able. Thank you for the recipe.

8:56PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012


11:41AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Sounds interesting. Will try. Thanks.

2:48AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

i feel like tasting

12:04AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Too good : ) easy, tried tasty!

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