Friday, August 26, 2005

Score!


Look what I found today! A Chapati press, for only $15. It is really heavy made of cast iron with 2 stainless steel plates on the inside. Does anyone have any experience with these? I think I must be able to make tortillas with it too *clare chuckles gleefully!*

So if you have any instructions on how to use it or recipes for chapati or tortilla recipes I would be most grateful :)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is a real gem of a find. I have a tortilla recipe, do you want it? Great idea, I must go look for a chapati one and use it for tortilla.  

Posted by boo_licious

Anonymous said...

Hi Boo :)
I am soooooo glad U agree!!!!
I would love your tortilla recipe :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah--what a deal. Now I'm jealous of you!! I can't wait to see how those tortillas turn out. 

Posted by Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy
I am so impressed iwth myself :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Clare,

Congratualtions! Wow, I have never seen a chapati press. It does looks like a torilla press but I have never seen the inside disks so polished like that before. Can you cook with it or is it only for pressing the chapati?

Here is a website that might help you Clare.

http://innoconcepts.com/rotimakeruse.htm 

Posted by mIlgwimper

Anonymous said...

Hi Milly
it does look alot like the ones on that website, sadly it doesn't have the cooking capacity as well. I was so suprised when I first saw the highly polished interior!

I think I need a nice flat coromal (???) or flat cast iron plate. Casey? Do youhear this ? *grin* 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Good for you!

I bought one for Matt (under the name 'tortilla press') some years ago. You can make so many things with them, and they're a breeze to use. Nan is now a viable option! 

Posted by Stephanie

Anonymous said...

I'll send it to you later this weekend. Yes, you do need a flat pan so I think Casey should buy you one!

By the way, I thought I'll post my WCB entry early as I'll be out and I was so late the last time. I'm adding the link here (sorry so out of context!)

http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2005/08/weekend-cat-blogging-wcb-12-bollywood.html 

Posted by boo_licious

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie
I am very happy!! And it loked similar? YAY! Easy to use? YAY! thanks for the boost ;)

Hi Boo
Thanks... I will let Case know heheheh
WCB? Ok anytime ;) I will post it now :)
 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Cool! Sounds like a fun tool to have! 

Posted by Joe @ Culinary in the Desert

Anonymous said...

Thats a cool tool Clare! Chapati dough is simple enough to make: simply whole wheat flour, pinch of salt and water kneaded together to make a soft smooth-as-a-babys-bottom dough, cover with a damp towel and let it rest for 20-30 minutes, then make golf-ball size balls and roll ( or press) out the chapatis. Bake them over a hot griddle/ frying pan. After dry-roasting the chapati, remove it from the fire and drizzle with a few drops of oil or ghee so it stays soft till it is eaten. Having said that, here are a few notes:
1. The flour that is used for chapatis has a texture coarser than all-purpose flour and finer than the whole wheat flour found in Western groceries. A good idea would be to locate an Indian grocery and buy a package of flour there. It is called "atta".
2. Some people add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil while kneading the dough to make it more pliable.
3. Authentic chapatis are not merely flat breads, they are LAYERED flat breads. Here is how you could do it. Make a ball of dough. With a rolling pin, roll it out a bit till it is a small circle. Dab some oil all over the circle. Now fold the circle into half and then quarter. Pat this shape into a ball and then press it out into a chapati. what happens is: after cooking , the layers seperate and puff up, helped by the dab of oil between the layers and you get an authentic chapati.
This is the longest comment ever but I hope it helps a bit!  

Posted by Nupur

Anonymous said...

Hi Nupur!
Wow that is a fantastic comment :) thans you so much for taking the time to leave it :) I will go back to the grocer to see if they have the necessay flour ;)I am so glad you approve :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

hi clare, you lucky girl! a chapati press...way cool...i want one too! cheers,j 

Posted by J

Anonymous said...

Hi J
I am very excited! I haven't used it yet...
 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

wow i've never seen a chapati press before. over in malaysia the cooks use a thin rolling pin 

Posted by babe_kl

Anonymous said...

Hi Babe_kl
Yeah, that would work too.... but would it be as cute? *grin* 

Posted by clare eats

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