Chapati Maker

A chapatti is an Indian bread also referred to as a roti. There are many variations of this bread but most recipes for making chapati call for using flour, water and a bit of salt. The ingredients are mixed into a heavy dough and then formed into flat, round discs which are grilled or fried.

A chapati maker is a small appliance used to prepare chapatis as well pan cakes, tortillas, pappads and many other flatbreads. Most models have an eight inch diameter and allow you to roll and cook your chapatis in less than a minute each. They are typically powered by electricity and use a 110V electrical outlet. Heating elements are located both on top and on bottom on the device to cook your flatbreads completely from both sides. Many models also feature a Teflon coating that helps to cook foods from sticking.

Commercial versions of the chapati maker are available that can produce around 2,000 of these flatbreads in an hour. These commercial models typically produce the balls from the dough and then roll the balls into the discs before cooking them. Non-commercial versions typically require that you mix, form and flatten the dough prior to cooking.

Using a chapati maker is relatively easy even for those who have no prior experience in creating this bread. The maker itself combines many of the needed steps into one simple application. It turns the rolling pin, rolling board and the griddle into one easy to use appliance. You simply place your ball of dough into the appliance and press down on the handle to flatten out the dough. The heating elements will then begin cooking your chapati. For those who prefer fluffier breads, you can cook the dough with the lid opened to keep it from flattening.

Many models of chapati makers can also be used to make tortillas or Poori. Most models that are available for consumer purchase are designed to make a flatbread that is approximately one millimeter in thickness. In order to correctly and evenly distribute the heat that cooks the dough, a chapati maker’s griddle area should be made out of forged aluminum. You may find that the most popular models feature an eight inch griddle area, although there are other sizes available as well.

The cooking surface should heat up to at least 425 degrees for proper cooking. The power of the chapati maker will depend on several factors like the actual size of the griddle as well as the materials that are used to cast the griddle. Typically, a ten inch griddle will need approximately 750 watts of power in order to cook the chapati correctly. The cover should feature 250 watts of power. Many models also feature an indicator light that will alert you when the griddle has reached the proper temperature in order to perfectly cook the chapati.

When purchasing a new chapati maker, keep in mind that those that have griddles not coated in Teflon will tend to stick while cooking. Models that have Teflon coating are not much more expensive than those that have no coating, so it may be better to pay just a few dollars more for the convenience of the non-sticking griddle area. Also be certain that you read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use and properly clean the chapati maker to ensure that you do not cause damage. Many models have power supply cords that come out for submerging in water. Be certain that you do not submerge your appliance in water if it is not recommended to do so for cleaning. You should be able to simply wipe the griddle area down with mild soap and water for cleaning, particularly if you choose a model that does have the Teflon coating.

This Chapati Maker Review is Written/Updated on Dec 16th, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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