Do you soak the chapati dough before making chapatis? It is actually a process of making real healthy chapatis. If you are not doing it than please start doing it if possible for you.
1- Early days genhu(whole wheat) used to get washed n dried in houses than only it was grinded at local chakkis or mills. But now a days we use factory made readymade wheat flour. So by soaking the dough we are actually able to give a mild wash to grain flour texture to get rid of any toxic element used during the production of crop or packing the flour.
2- The moment you knead the chapati dough with wheat flour (pls do not do this if you are making dough of any other thick grains like corn, maize etc) it requires certain time to get into its full gluten form. That is why in villages they still knead the dough for very long time. Than they soak it because inner texture becomes light and it is more easy to digest. But if you are not doing it that means you are not taking benefits of wheat’s real potential of becoming healthy roughage for your digestive system.
3- Without soaking the dough and consuming chapathis means you are eating a big log of high cholestrol and fat. If your wheat flour dough is soaked that means you are consuming a good roughage which is actually beneficial for weight loss and energy boost.
4- Actually our food habits are changing day by day rapidly. We are less focused on what our ancient systems suggested us. If we start following few things the way those old days housewives used to do while cooking, we can get rid of several health problems indeed.
5- Please try it and start soaking the dough. It is easy. Just soak the dough after kneading in lukewarm water for 2-3 hours. Than drain the water and knead the dough again with desi ghee on hands or littlecooking oil. Do not add more flour to it. That is why you are suppose to knead the dough little tight prior to soaking.
6- It is very good for health conscious people, old age persons or young growing up kids. Now I am so happy with results than when I knead dough for pizza or dinner rolls, I soak that dough also in lukewarm water to get more fluffy and digestive results. It really helps a lot.
If you can soak the wheat flour dough than please do it. It is actually good for health.
In old days elder ones used to say “attey ki garmi nikal jati hai, bhigone se”… so it was mandatory to soak the kneaded dough.