You can make chapatis
more interesting and healthier, for your baby by making them in different colours and shapes. Here's how!
Knead vegetable purÃ©es or dals
into the flour. This will give you different colours:
- Beetroot (chukandar) purÃ©e will give you red dough
- Pumpkin (kaddu) purÃ©e or cooked dal with haldi will give you yellow dough
- Leafy or green vegetable purÃ©e will give you green dough. Some leafy vegetables you can use are spinach (palak) and fenugreek leaves (methi) or peas (matar) and broccoli (hari gobhi).
For a protein boost, you can also knead the flour with cooked and mashed kidney beans (rajma
), chickpeas (chhole
) or chicken/mutton mince (keema
After kneading in the purÃ©e or dal
of your choice, add as much water is necessary to get a smooth and soft dough.
After rolling the dough into a chapati
, you can cut it into interesting shapes like a star, a heart, a flower or a car before cooking the chapati
on the tava
You can also used mixed flours
instead of just wholewheat flour.
Flours that can be mixed with wholewheat flour to make more nutritious chapatis
are finger millet (ragi/nachni
), maize flour (makkai ka atta
), soya bean flour, gram flour/chickpea flour (besan
), bulgar wheat flour (lapsi
), black millet (bajra
), flour of oats (jaee
), rice flours and arrowroot flour (araru/paniphal