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!
- 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
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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