Atta maker is a big relief for people who hate the messy job of kneading dough manually. It is also a boon for people who are not expert in kitchen chores. This is because the dough for different Indian breads has a varied consistency that an inexperienced person doesn’t actually know how to make. Also, the homemaker today is hard pressed for time and having an atta maker works as an extra pair of.
With a bread maker cum atta kneader at home, you can bake healthy bread every morning for breakfast or knead flour to make fresh dough every time you want to prepare roti. However, there are few tips that you need to keep in mind while using different ingredients for baking bread or kneading atta. Here are few guidelines to use various ingredients and make the most out of your bread maker cum atta maker.
- While baking loaves of bread, you can whisk egg along with the other ingredients to improve the texture of the bread and make it larger in size. This way, the bread will also be more nutritious.
- You can also add sugar when baking bread. This serves as food for the yeast and also enhances the colour and taste of bread. You can use white sugar in all recipes. You can also add powdered sugar, cotton sugar or brown sugar in some recipes. Adding a little bit of salt enhances the crust colour and bread flavour apart from restraining yeast activity.
- You can use part or all whole-wheat flour to make bread with higher nutritional value and fibre content as this flour is ground using whole wheat kernel. Such bread loaves may have a heavy texture and may be smaller in size since whole wheat flour is heavier. Most recipes call for combining with bread flour or whole wheat flour for the best results.
- If you want the bread to be larger in size after rising, you can use rye flour (also called black wheat flour) in combination with a large proportion of bread flour. Rye flour, which is like whole wheat flour, is a type of high fibre flour.
- If you want to enhance the texture and flavour of rough bread, you can add oatmeal flour and corn flour.
- If you want to bake bread using the ‘Quick’ setting on your bread maker, you can use all-purpose flour without baking powder as this is suitable for making quick bread.
- Do you want to replace all purpose flour or wheat flour with self-rising flour? If yes, you need to be aware that this flour contains baking powder and hence it’s ideal for baking cakes. You also need to stay aware that you shouldn’t use self-rising flour along with yeast.
- You can add baking powder or baking soda for the cake or bread to rise quickly. There is no rise time here because it produces air, which forms bubbles for softening the bread’s texture.
- Use vegetable oil or butter for a softer texture of the bread and longer shelf life. If you are using butter, ensure that you chop it into small pieces or melt it before blending it with the liquid ingredients.
- Water is one of the basic ingredients for baking bread. You can replace water with other liquid ingredients like milk to enhance the flavour of the bread. However, remember that you should not use dairy products like milk with the option ‘Delay timer’.
- The atta maker is used not only for making dough for Indian breads but for other breads as well. It comes with many pre-defined settings. You can also use it for making yoghurt, jam, sticky rice etc. You just need to press the desired setting and it is good to go.
- If you want to make sticky rice in this appliance, use glutinous rice, which is soaked in water for at least half an hour before use.
- If you intend to make pooris for travel, replace water with milk to make the dough. Pooris made out of this dough will last for 3-4 days easily without getting spoilt.
- Sticky rice goes with many Asian cuisine and preparing that perfectly requires expertise. With the atta kneader, you just need to place the ingredients in the required amount as given in the instruction manual and press the desired setting.
- You can get freshly baked loaves of bread using the different bread settings, including gluten-free bread, French bread, rice bread and more
An atta kneader is a versatile appliance that provides you with a variety of foods prepared hygienically. Now that you know how to use different ingredients in this appliance, it’s time to start experimenting.