Chapati making machine

Wheat flour/atta – 1 cup
Sunflower or sesame oil – 1 tbsp
Water – 1/3 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp

Ghee – for brushing

In a wide bowl measure the flour/atta. Add oil & salt to it. Mix it with your fingers. Throw in warm water in small quantities and continue to stir with your fingers until it becomes a dough. It should not be sticky. Knead the dough for 5 minutes beat it. Then cover it for 30 minutes.

Then roll the whole dough out in a log and break off equal golf sized balls as you see in the video. Taking one of them, roll it in a ball then flatten it. Take some excess flour and sprinkle it on the surface. Here you can either use a rolling pin or for the more talented, use your hands to make the chapati flat by slapping it and turning it at the same time. The video is showing using a rolling pin. Roll the dough ball into a uniform, thin circle.

Preheat a pan on high then turn it down to medium heat.
Place the chapati on a heated pan on medium flame.
In time, you will notice some bubbling and separation of the two sides of the chapati. Flip it at this time.
You can use a big spoon or just your fingers to press down on the places that the chapati is not separating and bubbling. Be sure not to burn your fingers.
After some time the chapati will/should puff up as the two sides will separate if it has been made and rolled uniformly in its thickness.
The chapati wants to be well cooked as the ease of digestion relies on it being cooked. Doughy raw chapati is hard to digest. Brush or dab a bit of ghee on the finished chapati after it is finished.

Heat of the pan is important for cooking the chapati. Use low to medium. Never cook in high flame because it will make it a papad. 😉



8 thoughts on “Chapati making machine

  1. Hello, hope you’re doing well.
    With it being spring, is it correct in assuming that the melting of kapha is a gradual process throughout the entirety of spring rather than “all at once”? I dare say that this is my first “proper” spring time in my 22 years of life as I’ve always been a skinny kid, and I’m anxious to put on some healthy water weight from all the heavy foods I ate in winter…

    I feel pity for people without even a cursory knowledge of the seasons as I imagine rampant constipation, indigestion and the like must be awful in spring. Mother nature has a kind of a cruel sense of humor; first pushing us to eat heavy foods and then one season later punishing us for doing the same :p we westerners are really good at building up strength in the winter, but it’s a shame a lot of it gets taken away due to those same habits of gluttony.

    Hope you don’t mind my comments, I felt compelled to talk about ayurveda lately but there aren’t too many people I can have discussions like this with…

    All the best : )

    • Hi.
      Yes, Kapha does not melt out all at once. Normal signs of spring are runny nose. This is just the kapha liquifying in the system. It is normal. The seasonal regime is spelled out in the post on it. We wanna burn and dry out the kapha that has been accumulated.
      Yeah, speaking of the seasons, there was four books written on the seasons and its effects on humans, one for each season, this was back in the 1800’s. I too understand the pity you speak of. Most people are walking around completely unaware of most everything. Understand that what has been taught and what people are brought up with programs us to a large extent as well. The western world has only a paradigm to look at symptoms and no deeper so it is left that we really only notice things after they have turned into the disease or whatever. Thats just how it is. Its not that nature is cruel, it is the low intelligence of humans. Living trying to control instead of live in sync with nature. We rather feed our desire than grow our intelligence.
      So it is good that you have learned and are doing your best to follow. Keep it up.
      Don’t mind the comments at all.
      Best wishes.

  2. So there is no danger in depleting the useful kapha (such as saliva, bone lube, corpulence of body) that was built over the winter time if one does the spring regimen? Or does the regime aim to to tackle only the kapha which has migrated to the g.I tract and other places where it shouldn’t be?

    • It depends upon the individual. if they have aggravated vata and are depleted already of ojas then of course there would be danger. Also bala of the person is important to see. In general, no, there is not a risk, except of ones own ignorance. Example would be to say that the person takes the knowledge out of context and completely eats vata and pitta foods there by depleting themselves or if they are vata aggravated and they take herbs and follow diet to get rid of kapha.
      and yes, the diet is to balance what has accrued due to the season but before it migrates to somewhere it should not be. Good.

  3. Ok, so I guess it kind of boils down to whether or not one had a successful winter? I know last winter I certainly didn’t and then when spring rolled around I was on to eating a “paleo diet” and I looked healthy but suspect that I was aggravating kapha to a large extent, because when summer came…all the kapha, clear skin, silky hair etc dissappeared.

    But anyways, do you have any recommendations for quality ghee of which one can buy online at a reasonable price? Ive used nanak ghee but I’m a bit suspicious

    • Yes, it is all individual. Even the environment is going to play a factor in how the season is where someone is living. Many many factors. Nothing in Ayurveda is just a simple 1 + 1 = 2. Confluence of all factors in needed for success.
      i do not have any brand of ghee that I know of that i trust. the indian stuff is way better than any american stuff, that is simple and can be tasted if one knows what the quality should be. Its simple though, make it yourself, there are posts here that i have explained how to. Just search.

    • It will be lighter due to the actions done to it. Add fire and it will be lighter.
      Yes, by it being a dry chapati it will be lighter than the same flour made into a pancake or a paratha.

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