The proof of a pudding is in the taste. Similarly, the taste and texture of poori and roti are in the dough. Unless you knead the flour to the right consistency, it will be tough to roll the dough. The thumb rule for making pooris or roti is that the dough should be malleable. Preparing dough for any of the Indian bread like paratha, roti, poori, and naan is a very messy affair. This problem further compounds if you are a novice in the kitchen. To help you ease the process of making the dough, we present to you, Kent Atta & Bread Maker.
This Atta maker automates the process of kneading the dough. The appliance helps you make perfect dough within minutes. Now that the process of kneading the dough has been sorted, let’s turn our focus on the ingredients. Below are some interesting tips and tricks that will allow you to prepare tasty and healthy dough.
Tip 1 – Add oil for Flavor & Color
Water and whole wheat flour are the primary ingredients that can be used to make the dough. However, if you want an aromatic flavour in your roti, add some oil in the flour. Oil not only helps in binding the dough but also makes the roti soft. You may use clarified butter, vegetable oil or olive oil in the flour.
Here is a quick reminder. A small amount of oil in the flour will do no harm. A drizzle of ghee or olive oil will enhance the taste of the roti and keep it soft for a longer period.
Tip 2- Add herbs to help Digestion
This tip is relevant if you are preparing dough for pooris. Everyone loves to savour fluffy poori served with potato curry and chutney. However, after a hearty breakfast of potato curry and poori you may end up feeling quite full and heavy. To avoid the heaviness, you should add herbs like ajwain. This herb has several medicinal properties and also helps in digestion.
Tip 3- Use Warm Water to Make the Dough Soft
If you want the dough to be soft and easy to handle, never use cold water to knead the dough. Cold water can toughen the dough it will be difficult to roll the chapattis. Instead, use lukewarm water to knead the dough. Also, add the water slowly. If you are using the atta maker, read the instruction manual carefully to know the quantity of water you need to add.
Tip 4 – Customize the Ingredients
You do not need to make dough for the chapattis or poori using traditional ingredients. Feel free to experiment with the flour or any other ingredients that you wish to add. For example, to improve the nutritious quotient of your roti, you can add spinach puree to the flour. In fact, this is an excellent way to feed children different kinds of vegetables that they might refuse to eat otherwise. You can also use various types of multigrain flour like bajra, rye, millet and even oat.
Last Few Words
Roti is an integral part of Indian diet. Many people have it for all three meals. There is much room for innovation and experiment when it comes to making roti or poori. Therefore, don’t be apprehensive about your skills and go ahead to make the most of this modern appliance.