If you a fan of chapati, then you definitely know that it takes a lot of time to prepare. However, to make the process easier you can always cook your chapati in advance then store it in the fridge. When you want to eat it, you can always reheat and enjoy it. Below is a guide on how to store cooked chapati in the fridge. Carefully follow it for the best results.
Store cooked chapati in fridge using aluminium foil
When storing leftover cooked chapati in the fridge you need to ensure that it has completely cooled down. This is because if you store it while warm it will produce steam thus, causing it to turn soggy.
To store cooked chapati take a piece of aluminium foil and stack your chapatis on top of the aluminium foil. Make sure that you pile them at the centre of the aluminium foil. The next step is to fold the aluminium foil such that it covers the chapatis
Place the wrapped chapatis in a freezer bag and take out as much air as possible from the bag. Put the chapati in the fridge, it will last for a week.
Store cooked chapati in fridge using plastic wrap
If you are using plastic wrap to store leftover cooked chapati in the fridge, ensure that the chapati is at room temperature. This is because if you wrap chapati while hot, it will produce steam, which will be trapped by the plastic wrap. This will then cause the chapati to turn soggy.
Take the plastic wrap and place it on a surface. Pile the chapatis on top of the plastic wrap. Gently double wrap the chapatis. This helps to prevent moisture from getting inside. When moisture gets inside the chapatis will turn soggy.
After wrapping the chapatis place them inside sealable bags for extra protection. Transfer them into the fridge where they will last for about 1 week.
Store cooked chapati in fridge using an air tight container
Start by bringing your chapatis to room temperature so that they can really be stored properly.
Take the chapatis and place them in an air tight container. When placing the chapatis inside make sure you do not fold them. If you have plastic wrap or aluminium foil you can use it to wrap the chapatis before placing them in the container, but if you do not then you can still place them directly into the container.
Place the container in the fridge. The chapatis will stay fresh for up to a week.
Other methods for storing chapati
NB: the fridge only stores leftover chapati for a week, after that, the chapati starts to turn bad. In order to extend the shelf life of cooked chapati follow the method below.
Store cooked chapati in the freezer
To store cooked chapati in the freezer start by ensuring that the chapatis are at room temperature. Then divide the chapatis into small portions. This will help you in the long run since you can simply defrost 1 portion instead of the whole batch.
When you have divided the chapatis, pile them such that they are in layers. In between each chapati place a small piece of wax paper or parchment paper. This will help you especially when the chapatis have frozen. You can freely pull out 1 chapati at a time.
Take aluminium foil then use it to wrap the chapatis. Place them inside a freezer bag. Label them with the date in which you are placing them in the freezer. This will help you to recall when they are most likely to turn bad. Leftover chapatis that are stored in the freezer can last for up to 2 months.
How to thaw cooked chapati
If your chapati is frozen then you need to thaw it. In order to do this, simply transfer the cooked chapati from the freezer to the fridge. Cooked chapati should be left to thaw overnight in the fridge.
How to reheat cooked chapati
Reheat cooked chapati using a microwave
This is one of the easiest ways that you can use to reheat leftover chapati. In order to do this simply take out the chapati and remove the aluminium foil. Take 2 damp, wet paper towels and wrap them around the chapati. Place the chapati on the microwave safe plate and leave it to reheat for 30 to 35 seconds. When the chapati is ready, serve it with anything that you like. Always serve your chapati while warm for the best taste.
Reheat cooked chapati using a stove
This is also another decent way of reheating chapati. To do this simply take a skillet and place it on a stove that is turned on to medium heat. Add a tad of butter and when the butter is warm enough place the cooked chapati inside. Reheat the chapati for 30 seconds on each side before turning it over. If you notice that the bottom of the skillet is drying out you can add more butter.
Reheat cooked chapati using an oven
This method takes a longer period of time to reheat the chapati as compared to the other 2 methods. When using the oven to reheat chapati simply add a layer of butter on each chapati so that it does not stick to the bottom of the baking tray. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and place the baking tray inside. The chapati usually takes about 10 minutes to reheat when using this method. When the chapati is now warm, serve it immediately. If you are not ready to serve it, simply keep it in the oven. The residual heat will help to keep it warm.
Generally it is possible to store leftover cooked chapati in the fridge and it can last for only a week. However, if you are someone who is always busy and doesn’t not have time to prepare the chapati every week, you can always opt to store cooked chapati in the freezer. The freezer helps to preserve chapati for up to 2 months.