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Indian Chapati Bread Recipe
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Indian Chapati Bread
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Indian Chapati Bread

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"A simple but delicious recipe for Indian flatbread. Serve with Indian curry, main dishes, or even use to make sandwich wraps. Enjoy!"

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the olive oil and enough water to make a soft dough that is elastic but not sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth. Divide into 10 parts, or less if you want bigger breads. Roll each piece into a ball. Let rest for a few minutes.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat until hot, and grease lightly. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out the balls of dough until very thin like a tortilla. When the pan starts smoking, put a chapati on it. Cook until the underside has brown spots, about 30 seconds, then flip and cook on the other side. Continue with remaining dough.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 09, 2010

This recipe was good, but it's easy to wind up with chapati that are hard and dry. To get chapati that are soft and flexible it is crucial that the skillet is very hot, as per the instructions, so that they are done in under 30 seconds per side. Don't be too stingy with the water or cut back on the oil. If your chapati are still too dry, try rolling them out thicker.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 05, 2011

A lot harder to make than I expected.


165 Ratings

Aug 16, 2007

I spent two years in Kenya, and my friend Julie made these for us. She was from Uganda. She rolled her dough balls into long ropes,rubbed them with oil and coiled them into rounds then rolled them out. They were crispy and light. If you let them rest they will raise when put in the skillet. Thanks for the memories!

Oct 29, 2006

I did these tonight and they're excellent! They are great with some chicken curry! It's such an easy and good recipe my family's addicted to this bread by now. I find it's absolutely necessary to let the dough rest for about 30-45min. because by then it will be soft, easy to handle and it will cook perfectly and form little bubbles as soon as you put it on the heat.

Jul 09, 2006

Super fast and easy. Start making the dough before your main meal, so it has time to relax for rolling. You'll be much happier rolling if you wait 30 minutes after forming balls. Tastes best when it gets dark brown spots and puffs up a bit. Yum.

Feb 12, 2009

Although traditional chapati are wheat-based, my mother's allergic to wheat, so I used all-purpose flour. These are incredibly easy to make and taste quite good. I added a pinch of coriander to the dough for a little bit of flavor. Roll these out very thin, or else they'll be a little on the chewy side!

May 31, 2005

Good recipe. I enjoyed the mild, nutty flavor of the wheat flour. Since it is just my husband and I, it was easy to cut the recipe in half. I also added a couple pinches of sugar for just a hint of sweetness. I really enjoyed the fact it took me no more time to make the Chapati than it does to make biscuits! Another recipe for my binder of favorites. Thanks for submitting it!

Feb 28, 2007

I halved the recipe and made four chapati. I really did like the taste of it (I added some tumeric and a pinch of sugar as suggested by others.) Just make sure you roll them out thin and be patient when heating up the pan (it needs to be hot and smoking!) Medium High heat is better, imo, to get it hot so it will crisp up better. I served this with Chicken Tandoori and Indian Basmati Rice.


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  • Calories
  • 110 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 234 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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