How to Make Chapati

User Reviewed Similar to the common pita, the Indian chapati is a bread made of whole wheat flour. It is usually served with a curry, but it is very versatile: it can be used just like regular toast, or as a side to many dishes. The meal is used by many, especially in Africa, as a primary source of starch besides maize and potato family. Prep time: 50-60 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 60-70 minutes


  • 2 cups of wheat flour or durum wheat atta
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp. ghee (optional)
  • Makes 10-12 chapatis


  • How to Make Chapati

    Pour the wheat flour, salt, and ghee into a bowl and mix the ingredients together.If you can get some durum wheat atta, this will give you the tastiest results. Though wheat flour is perfectly fine to use, it can lead the final product to be slightly more chewy, and will make it dry out a bit faster. In any event, place 2 cups of wheat flour or atta, 1 teaspoon of salt, about 1/2 teaspoon of ghee into a bowl and use your hands to mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Your hands will work better than any mixing tools for this one. You may even sift the flour and salt together before adding the ghee.
    • If you really want to be health-conscious, you can skip the ghee, but the chapatis won't be as tasty. If you can't find any ghee, you can substitute olive oil. It won't be quite as authentic, but it should do the trick.
    • Though these are the only ingredients you need to make a traditional chapati, you can add a teaspoon or so of your favorite spice, such as chili powder, if you want to make an addition to this simple recipe.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Add ½ a cup of water to the flour mixture and stir the mixture until it's soft and supple.Most people recommend lukewarm water, but you can even use water that is a little warm, which will make it easier to knead the dough. For best results, mix the flour with your fingers in a circular motion as you add a little bit of water at a time. Dumping in all of the water at once will make it a bit harder to stir the ingredients. At first, the mixture will feel pretty coarse, but as you add more water, it'll start to stick together.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Add the remaining water slowly, stirring until it's fully combined.Continue to add the water until you've added all of it and the dough seems to really come together. Once you feel like you've mixed it together pretty thoroughly, you can knead the dough with your knuckles until it's soft and round.Knead the doughfor about 10 minutes. It's important to knead the dough as well as you can so that the gluten is formed. When fully kneaded, the dough should be nice and smooth; if it's too hard, then the chapati won't puff up. However, if it's too soft, then it'll be harder to roll it and it won't puff up, either. It's important to find the perfect balance.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Place the dough into an oiled bowl and cover it for 25 minutes.Cover the bowl with a cloth; use cling wrap only as a last resort. This should give the dough enough time to come together. If you let it sit for much longer than that, then the dough will lose some of its moisture. Some people say you should let it sit for 30 minutes or more, however. Start with the lower time and do it for longer the next time you make chapati to find what works best for you.
    • Optionally, when this time has passed, you can moisten your hands with a bit of oil or ghee and knead the dough for another five minutes. It should feel both smooth and supple when you're done.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Divide the dough into 10-12 small balls, and dip them into flour.Each ball's diameter should be around 3 inches (7.5 centimeters), but you don't have to make them all equally sized. You should use your hand or a rolling pin to lightly flatten each ball and then drench it with flour on both sides. For best results, keep the rest of the balls covered with the cloth while you flatten each one and cover it with flour. If you uncover all of them, you will release more of their moisture.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Roll the dough with a rolling pin until the balls resemble thin, roundpancakes.The first time around, don't expect these balls to come out perfectly round. That's okay -- they'll still taste delicious, and you'll get the hand of it as you perfect your skills. Rolling the dough until it is even will make it possible for the entire chapati to puff up.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Heat a heavy frying pan, tawa, or griddle over medium heat and cook each chapati on both sides.Place the chapati on the pan, cook it until it's a bit less than halfway cooked, and then flip it over and raise the heat a bit. Once you flip it over, the chapati will begin to fill with air. You should keep cooking it until blisters appear on both sides of the bread's surface. You should rotate each chapati every few seconds to make sure that it gets cooked evenly.
    • As you see the chapati filling up with air, you can lightly press down on these spots to encourage the air to pass through the entire chapati. This puffiness will make the chapati nice and soft. Once the chapati has fully puffed up, you can take it off the stove.
    • Some people will say that, once you start cooking the second side of the chapati, you should cook it directly over the fire of your stove, using tongs to flip it over. If you do this, make sure your stove is very sterilized and that you take extreme care.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Remove the chapati from the heat, and wrap it in a towel until they are all ready to serve.You can also place it in a container that is lined with a towel. Make sure to cover each chapati as soon as it's cooked for best results.
  • How to Make Chapati
    Serve.Enjoy this delicious chapati with curry or pickles or use it as a wrap. You can even brush the chapati with some ghee to add an extra burst of flavor. You can easily enjoy these staples of Indian cuisine on their own.


  • You need to cover the dough when it is resting.
  • For more healthier and softer chapati, put 1/2 cup of warm milk and 1/2 cup of warm water instead of 1 cup of water.
  • The chapati issupposedto puff up when it's on the pan.
  • Check the dough for its salt content by tasting a small piece of dough.
  • A pinch of sugar would enhance the taste of the chapati and reduces thirst that usually occurs after eating chapatis.
  • Adding curd while making dough results in softer chapati.
  • You can use 5 cup of wholemeal and 3 flour if you can't find chapati flour.
  • You can use margarine instead of ghee, if you prefer.
  • This recipe makes 1-2 chapatis.
  • Usually the chapati is served in a circle/sphere shape, but be innovative and try out different shapes!
  • Don't use too much ghee or margarine.
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