I made chapatis for the first time last week, and have made them 3 more times since, to improve my technique. I am able to make about half of the chapatis puff in one big ball on the pan (I don't have a thava). I'd like to make them all puff, with the help of a hand grill, if needed.
When I was in India I picked up a grill similar to the one in the photo attached - my Indian friends love it. So, when a chapati doesn't puff well in the pan, I've been trying to place it on the grill to get that perfect puffed ball. However, every time I place a chapati on the grill, it burns a bit and makes holes, and it loses any puffiness it had before.
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'm keeping the flame at medium-high (I have a gas stove), and I'm holding the grill at about 2 inches distance from the top of the stove. I've tried to preheat the grill (in this case the chapati ends up burning in lines, from the hot metal) and to use it without preheating. Either way, if I hold the grill any higher than 2 inches, nothing happens; if I move it down to 2 inches, the chapati burns.
I've watched several videos on youtube where people use the grill to make chapatis puff, but it seems like everyone has an electric stove. Is this possible to do this with a gas stove? I'd love to get some tips. I'm not giving up :)