Chapati Flatbread
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5 from 8 votes

Chapati Recipe

You can make the chapati dough the night before and roll it out the next day. If you are in the hurry, just prepare the dough but leave it to rest for at least 15- 30 minutes. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Goan, Indian
Keyword: chapati recipe, how to make chapati
Servings: 5 chapatis
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Helene D'Souza


  • 2 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water make sure to slowly add the water to the dough to adjust the amount of liquid needed
  • Ghee aka Clarified Butter


  • Start by mixing the Flour and the salt well, make a well and add the oil and water. Mix and work out the dough on a board. It should never be soft but rather harder! Let it rest covered with some flour. Best is over night or at least 30 minutes.
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  • Take some dough into your hand and form it into a ball.
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  • Roll that ball out with little flour so that it doesn't stick and spread some ghee on the surface of the dough.
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  • Fold the dough circle as shown into a "Parcel".
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  • Roll the dough "Parcel" out again. The form will be square.
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  • Dust it a bit so that the flour won't burn while cooking and add the raw rolled out dough to the preheated flat pan. Cook 1 side first for 10 seconds, then the other side.
  • Turn around and this time spread little ghee onto the surface. Turn it again and spread on that side some ghee too. The chapati will blow up a bit but not that much as it does when cooked without ghee.
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  • Some parts will get a bit dark and a cow freckles pattern will appear. That's normal, that's how it is prepared everywhere.
  • Best enjoyed still warm.
  • In India people store the freshly cooked chapatis in a special chapati container so that it remains soft through the day. People usually take these to work to have with their food or in Bombay you have the Dhaba wallas caring those metal boxes with the warm chapatis and curries to the offices.


  1. You can make this chapati without ghee by turning it into a plain chapati! Just leave out any of the ghee rolling/folding parts and don't add ghee to the frying of the chapati bread.


Serving: 82g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.9mg