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Where do I start? Firstly, I think by naming it. Chapati (alternatively spelled chapatti, chappati, chapathi, or chappathi), also known as roti, safati, shabaati, phulka and (in the Maldives) roshi, is an unleavened flatbread from the Indian Subcontinent and staple in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, East Africa and the Caribbean.

Chapatis are made using a soft dough comprising atta flour, salt and water. Atta is made from hard gehun (Indian wheat). It is more finely ground than most western-style whole wheat flours. Traditionally, roti (and rice) are prepared without salt to provide a bland background to our highly flavoured main or side dishes.

Traditionally, chapati dough is typically prepared with atta, salt and water, kneaded with the knuckles of the handmade into a fist and left to proof for at least 10 or 15 minutes to an hour for the gluten in the dough to develop. This is where as a Thermomix owner, life gets easy. In just one and half minutes, all that needing is done.

Credit: This recipe is from the Indian cookbook produced by India when the they sold TM31. When they lost the distribution license I with the TM5 launched, I bought their stock and now sell them in my shop. The Indian Chef, Shamim Ahmed worked at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi for 24 years as the Head of Mission Cook was instrumental in producing this book.  If you are a VIP One Girl Customer, you can also purchase a discounted version on my VIP Shop.

Dal Makhani

Dal makhani or dal makhani is a popular dish from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. The primary ingredients are whole black lentil, butter and cream. In Hindi, dal means lentils and makhan is butter, so butter lentils is the best translation I can give for this fabulous dish.

This dal makhani recipe from Alfred Prasad infuses ginger, garlic, ground spices, and tomatoes with an indulgent cream sauce to delicious effect. This is a wonderful Punjabi black dal to cosy up to on a rainy day, paired with naan bread or a fragrant bowl of rice. Kasoori Methi is available to buy online or in Indian supermarkets.

This wonderful recipe has been converted to the Thermomix but the original can be found, here on the Great British Chefs website.