Chapati – Flat Bread

Chapati 2

Chapati also known as Roti by Indians, is flattered round bread made of white flour.
It is a staple food among the people of east Africa and Asia.
Here is a simple recipes on how to make tasty and soft chapatis at home




6 cups of wheat flour
3 cups of warm water
3 tablespoon of warm cooking oil or ghee (melted and warm)
2 teaspoon salt
Cooking Oil or ghee for cooking the Chapatis


In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt and vegetable oil until it is crumbly. Slowly add water little at a time as you knead the dough. Keep kneading for 15-20 minutes until it is soft, smooth and not sticking in either your hands or the walls of your bowl
Cover dough pastry in a slightly greased container and let it rest for 30minutes to 1 hour at a room temperature

Sprinkle some flour on a clean flat surface then place your dough there and using a rolling pin, roll it untill the surface is very thin (use flour to prevent dough from sticking on the surface and on the rolling pin)

Brush oil on top of the rolled surface, make a small fold on both ends and by using both your hands roll it up into a large, tight sausage shape like

Using a sharp knife, divide the rolled dough into small spirals according to how many chapatis you would like to cook

While heating a non-sticking pan/skillet on a medium low heat, roll each part at a time into a nice round flat shape. (use flour to prevent dough from sticking from the surface and on the rolling pin)
Once your pan is heated place the rolled chapati on top of it. After about a minute, check the bottom of the chapati, if it is golden brown and the top is translucent, flip it over

Brush a little bit of oil on the top of the chapati, then check to see if the bottom is cooked and golden brown as well. If yes, flip the chapati over again, now brush the oil on the second side of the chapati, and turn it over again

After about 15 seconds remove the chapati from the pan, place it on a clean plate and cover it with aluminium foil

Repeat this process to all your chapatis till you are done

Serve hot with stew (Chicken Tikka Masala or Mahagwe ya Nazi) or vegetables

Chicken Tikka Masala 3


For healthier Chapatis I recommend whole wheat flour or half white and half whole wheat
Chapatis can also be enjoyed cold for Breakfast with a hot cup of Kenyan Chai or soup!

2 thoughts on “Chapati – Flat Bread

  1. This is fantastic, living away from home I really miss this kind of food that actually motivates me to be a better cook. Cheers

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