Chapati Recipe (Roti bread)

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Chapati Recipe (Roti)

This easy chapati recipe shows you how to make your own Indian chapatis (roti). Chapati is an unleavened flatbread that originates in India, and has many other names, like roti, safati, chappati or phulka. This recipe is without salt, although you can add a pinch if you like, and is very basic and easy.

Flatbread is a staple food in India and is often used to scoop the food into the mouth and wipe up the gravy off the plate.

roti recipe

Chapati vs Naan

There are different types of bread in India and as well as chapatis, you also have naan bread and paratha, which are all different. The difference between chapati and naan is that naan bread is actually a leavened bread, and hence does take a bit longer to make.

In this recipe, I have used some real Indian chapati flour (medium) which looks a bit like a wholemeal flour, with some small brown fibres in it. It seemed to be very finely ground and tasted great. It made a good soft dough and was easy to roll out. You can also use an all purpose flour, but the result will not be quite as authentic.

roti bread recipe

Origin of the word ‘Chapati’

Chapati is named after the word ‘chapat’ which in Hindi means slap. This is the noise that is made when chapatis are ‘slapped’ out by hand. The traditional way is to slap the dough between wet hands, turning 90 degrees every time until you have a nice circular shape to cook.

I remember watching our Indian neighbours doing this once, preparing for a large family party, with all the ladies sitting cross-legged like Shiva on the grass and slapping away with their dough. It was quite impressive to watch as they all produced a small pile of uncooked circular dough pancakes in no time.

I believe they kept them in wet towelling to stop them sticking together. 

indian chapati

 

I am not as proficient as these Indian ladies were, however, and I still roll out my roti on a lightly flowered surface with a rolling pin. Maybe not as cool, but it does the job (OK, they are maybe not that round 😊 !).

Eat your chapatis with a delicious Indian curry or use them in other flatbread recipes.

butter chicken and chapati

 

I hope you enjoy making these easy chapatis. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

Indian Chapati Recipe

Chapati Recipe (Roti bread)

chapati recipe

This easy recipe shows you how to make chapati (or roti) from flour and water. Perfect to accompany your curry dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Proofing Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g chapati flour (Wheat flour)
  • 180ml cold water
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil (or Ghee)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and water in a bowl until you have a good dough (I use my stand mixer for this with a bread hook).
  2. Remove the dough and knead it for about 5 minutes by hand, using your knuckles to push into the dough, and folding the dough to help form gluten.
  3. Then cover the dough and proof in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the fridge and divide into 4 or 5 pieces.
  5. Then roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface into circular forms. Heat a skillet or tava on the hob on medium heat and add a bit of sunflower oil or ghee. When the oil is shimmering, add the circular dough pancake to the pan.
  6. Heat until brown spots appear and then flip over and cook the other side. About 1 minute each side.
  7. Repeat for each chapati.

Notes

Serve up with an Indian curry.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

 

 

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