Chapati flour - what is it?
I finally have a question and hoped a TFL expert might know the answer!
I just bought a 10kg sack of chapati flour from Tesco (here in the UK, Tesco often has a good selection of "ethnic" foods).
I've been looking for something cheaper than strong white flour, to feed my sourdough starter, and also possibly to bake with.
But, I can't find much info on what exactly Chapati flour is!
Some sites say it's a strong wheat flour. Others say it's made from "semi-hard" wheat, maybe even Durum. Others say it's not strong / hard, more like plain flour, with low protein / gluten. Wikipedia distinguishes between "Atta" which is wholemeal", and "maida" which is bleached white flour. Mine resembles Atta.
On promotion, it was £3 for 10kg, which is way cheaper than even the cheapest plain white flour.
On the sack, it says "Chapati flour - medium - wholemeal wheat flour", but not much else. The flour itself is like a very fine wholemeal. It kneads to a stretchy dough which makes me think it is at least a semi hard grain.
I see some similar questions on here from 2008 - did anyone find out the answer?