How To Make Chapatis
How To Make Chapatis
5 from 7 votes
Discover a deliciously easy flatbread recipe bursting with authentic flavors. This traditional dish is perfect for any meal, offering a soft and airy texture with a subtle hint of warmth and aroma.
Chapati

Chapati, a simple yet essential staple in Indian cuisine, holds a special place in the hearts and homes of many. This age-old recipe has been passed down through generations, creating a bond that transcends time.

Originating in the Indian subcontinent, chapati is a versatile flatbread that pairs perfectly with a wide array of dishes. Its history dates back centuries, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The beauty of chapati lies in its simplicity and adaptability. Made from just a few basic ingredients — flour, water, salt, and sometimes oil — this unleavened bread is a breeze to whip up.

The dough is rolled out into thin rounds, then cooked on a hot griddle until puffy and golden brown. The result? A soft, chewy bread that’s perfect for scooping up curries, dals, and chutneys.

While chapati may seem straightforward, perfecting the art of making this bread takes practice. Getting the right consistency of dough, mastering the technique of rolling out the rounds, and achieving the ideal level of puffiness during cooking all require a deft touch.

But fear not — with a little patience and perseverance, you’ll soon be on your way to mastering the art of making chapati.

Expert Tip: Ensure the water you use for kneading the dough is warm, but not too hot. Hot water can make the dough sticky and difficult to work with.

Ingredients

Wholemeal Flour: Wholemeal flour is a type of flour that is made by grinding the entire wheat kernel, including the bran, endosperm, and germ. This results in a flour that is higher in fiber and nutrients compared to white flour. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a denser texture, making it a popular choice for bread and chapati recipes.

Salt: Salt is a mineral that is commonly used in cooking to enhance the flavor of dishes. It also plays a role in controlling the fermentation process in bread recipes. In this chapati recipe, salt is added to the dough to provide a savory taste to the final product.

Oil: Oil is a cooking fat that is used to add moisture and richness to recipes. In this chapati recipe, oil is added to the dough to improve the texture of the chapatis and make them more pliable. It also helps in preventing the chapatis from drying out during cooking.

Expert Tip: When rolling out the chapatis, try to maintain an even thickness throughout. This helps in even cooking and ensures that the chapatis puff up nicely.

Serving Suggestions

Looking for some serving suggestions and variations for your freshly made Chapati recipe? Here are some ideas to help you get creative:

  • Serving Suggestions:
    • Pair your Chapati with a spicy curry, stew, or dal for a hearty and satisfying meal.
    • Spread some butter or ghee on top of your chapati for added flavor and richness.
    • Roll up your chapati with some cooked vegetables, protein, and a drizzle of sauce for a quick and easy wrap.
    • Use your chapati as a base for a pizza by topping it with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings before baking in the oven.
  • Variations:
    • Try using different types of flour, such as whole wheat or all-purpose, to create a different texture and flavor for your chapati.
    • Add spices like cumin, coriander, or chili powder to the dough to give your chapati a unique and distinctive taste.
    • Mix in chopped herbs or grated cheese into the dough for added flavor and texture.
    • Experiment with different oils, such as coconut or sesame, for a different taste profile.

Expert Tip: Keep the cooked chapatis warm by wrapping them in a clean tea towel or placing them in a covered container. This helps retain their softness and prevents them from drying out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze chapatis?

Yes, you can freeze chapatis for later use. Make sure to wrap them in foil or plastic wrap before placing them in the freezer.

How long do chapatis stay fresh?

Chapatis can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I reheat chapatis?

Yes, you can reheat chapatis by placing them in a preheated skillet or in the microwave for a few seconds.

What is the best way to store leftover chapatis?

The best way to store leftover chapatis is by placing them in an airtight container or wrapping them in foil to keep them fresh.

Can I make chapatis without using oil?

Yes, you can make chapatis without using oil in the dough. However, a small amount of oil may be used while cooking the chapatis on a skillet to prevent sticking.

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Chapati

How To Make Chapatis

by Nabeela Kauser
Simple, filling, and authentic, chapati is one of India’s most iconic flatbreads. This traditional Indian flatbread is made with only four ingredients and is a great accompaniment to curries.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 8
Calories 106 kcal

Ingredients

  • 250 g Wholemeal Flour
  • 150 ml Water Warm
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Instructions

  • Combine wholemeal flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Add vegetable oil to the mixture and use your fingers to rub it in.
  • Gradually mix in warm water until you have a smooth and pliable dough. If the dough is too dry, add more water.
  • Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions and shape them into balls.
  • Roll each ball into a thin, round chapati shape, about 15-20cm in diameter, on a floured surface.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan or crepe pan over medium heat.
  • Cook one chapati on the pan for about 30-40 seconds until it starts to puff up and brown spots appear.
  • Flip the chapati over and cook the other side for another 30-40 seconds.
  • Keep the cooked chapati warm in a clean tea towel.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining chapatis.

Notes

Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 341mgPotassium: 0.03mgFibre: 2gSugar: 1gCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bread, Curry, Flatbread, Food, Recipe, Roti, Sides, Simple
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