Puffy Chappati & Sweet Potatoes

I had been attempting to make Chappati's for a very long time before they ever turned out soft, and puffy. They would either be too thick, or too thin and rock hard, and they never puffed. No matter how I tried, they would never turn out, but I never stopped trying. I think it took me a few years of practice before I figured out what worked for me. I can make them now without a second thought and they always turn out perfect.

This is a sweet potato dish from Betty Crocker's Indian Home Cooking. It is one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes now. I ate almost an entire one pound potato by myself!
Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. black mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp. asafetida
  • 2 tbs. channa dal
  • 1 large sweet potato (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp. sambhar powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
Method:

Heat oil on medium-high heat, add mustard seeds. Wait for them to start popping, then cover skillet with a lid until popping stops. Add asafetida and channa dal, frying for about 1 minute or until dal is golden brown. Add remaining ingredients except water, frying for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in water, heat to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender.

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21 comments:

Cynthia said...

Yeah baby! Look at your chapti!

Arabic Bites said...

Hi meeso,

Yum! we love Chappati.
Perfect puff ;)

zainab & meedo

Happy cook said...

Wow Meeso full marks to you for the puffy chapathies

meeso said...

~ Cynthia, Zainab, Meedo & Happy cook, Thank You :)

ANJALI J. said...

wow, thats amazing.. they look awesome.. i love phulkas/chapatis.

meeso said...

~ Anjali, Thanks for the nice comment :)

Fiber said...

I absolutely love chappatis. They look amazing!

Pearlsofeast said...

Hi Meeso,What a puff chapati. I make aweful rotis!!!. Nice to see ur puffed on. I know it would be tasting divine with potatoes.Curry leaves looks great too.

meeso said...

~ Pearlsofeast, I made really bad chappati's too for a long time and it took hundreds of times trying before one ever turned out! Thanks for the nice comment :)

Kribha said...

It looks really really perfect meeso. I just had my dinner at TGI Friday's. Still your dish has made me soooo hungry.

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Kribha :)

Madhavi said...

Chappati looks great,awesome. potatoes looks good too, very nice recipe!!!

meeso said...

~ Madhavi, Thanks :)

Sri said...

Add this to your list of things you will be making me when I come over next time..Its not fair that you dont make it for me :(

meeso said...

~ Sri, oh Sri...you are spoiled rotten and I make you all kinds of things, so hush hush ;)

Kevin said...

These sweet potatoes sound really good!

meeso said...

~ Hey Kevin... Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

Shubha Ravikoti said...

Hey iam so surprised.. u got the perfect puffed chapathi... wow...:)

meeso said...

~ Shubha, Thanks :)

Di said...

The sweet potatoes look so yummy!~ I was wondering the other day if there are indian dishes with sweet potato instead of small red potato. I'll have to try this recipe!

meeso said...

~ Thanks, Di... do try it some time, It's a great way to eat sweet potatoes!