How To Make The Best Soft Chapati

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How To Make The Best Soft Chapati

Want to make a delicious soft chapati and wondering how you’re going to do it? I personally love chapati and I for sure enjoy preparing them, so I will take you through a step-by-step guide on how to make the best soft chapati.

Chapati is one of the most liked East African dishes that you can find mostly in Kenya and Tanzania. Some people like having chapati with tea for breakfast or as lunch or dinner with their preferred stews. In this article, I will be telling you the ingredients that you need and also take you step by step until you have your soft homemade chapati.

Soft Chapati Ingredients

To cook soft and layered chapati you don’t need lots of ingredients or spices.
You only need:

  1. Wheat flour
  2. Water (warm)
  3. Salt (for taste)
  4. Cooking oil

Mix flour and water, add a pinch of salt and oil, knead, roll, and cook on a hot griddle. Enjoy!

How To Make The Best Soft Chapati Step-by-Step

Step 1. Gather Ingredients

  • Wheat flour
  • Water (warm)
  • Salt (for taste)
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar (optional)

Step 2. Measure Flour

  • Take the desired amount of wheat flour in a mixing bowl.

Step 3. Add Salt

  • If you prefer, add a pinch of salt for flavor.
  • If you like you can also add sugar. I personally like my chapatis with the taste of sugar and salt. So if you prefer, you can also add both.

Step 4. Gradually Add Water

  • Pour warm water little by little into the flour while mixing.
  • Knead the dough until it feels soft, smooth, and not too sticky. It should be pliable but not dry.

Step 5. Divide into Balls

  • Break the dough into small, equal-sized balls, roughly the size of a golf ball.

Step 6. Flatten the Balls

  • Press each ball gently with your hands to create a small, flat disc.

Step 7. Roll Out

  • Use a rolling pin to roll out each disc into a thin, round chapati.

Step 8. Heat the Griddle

  • Heat a griddle or non-stick pan on medium-high heat.

Step 9. Cook Chapati

  • Place a rolled-out chapati on the hot griddle or pan.
  • When you see small bubbles forming on the surface (after about 30 seconds), flip it over.

Step 10. Cook the Other Side

  • After flipping, apply a little oil or ghee to the top side if you like.
  • Cook until both sides are golden brown and slightly puffed up.

Step 11. Serve Hot

  • Remove from the griddle and serve immediately while it’s soft and warm.

Enjoy your homemade soft chapati!

What to serve chapati with

You can serve chapati with a variety of dishes. Here are some popular options:

1. Vegetable Curry

Chapati pairs well with a flavorful vegetable curry made with ingredients like potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, and spices.

2. Dal (Lentil Curry)

A hearty lentil curry, such as dal, complements chapati nicely. It provides protein and a savory flavor.

3. Chicken or Beef Stew

Non-vegetarian options like chicken or beef stew can be served with chapati for a hearty meal.

4. Chutney

Chapati can be enjoyed with various chutneys, such as tomato chutney, mint chutney, or coconut chutney, for added flavor.

5. Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)

Paneer dishes, like paneer tikka masala or paneer butter masala, go well with chapati for a creamy and satisfying meal.

6. Egg Curry

If you like eggs, an egg curry is another delicious option to serve with chapati.

7. Pickles

Pickles, both spicy and tangy, can be a great accompaniment to chapati.

8. Sliced Vegetables

Freshly sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper can be a refreshing side dish. With this you put the sliced vegetable on the chapati and wrap it, then eat it like a sandwich.

9. Tea Some people enjoy having chapati with tea.

Remember, the choice of what to serve with chapati depends on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Feel free to explore different combinations to find your favorite!

You can check out more delicious dish recipes like how to make Swahili chicken biryani and how to make Kenyan pilau.


1. How is chapati typically served?

Chapati is a type of Indian flatbread that is typically served as a side dish to accompany curries, stews, or other main dishes. It can also be eaten on its own with a variety of condiments such as chutney or yogurt. In some regions of India, chapati is also used as a wrap for vegetables or meat. It is usually served warm and can be made with a variety of flours such as wheat, millet, or corn.

2. Can chapati be made with other types of flour?

Yes, chapati can be made with other types of flour. While the traditional recipe calls for whole wheat flour, you can use other flours such as all-purpose flour, millet flour, or even gluten-free flours like almond flour or chickpea flour. However, the texture and taste of the chapati may vary depending on the type of flour used. It’s always best to experiment and find the type of flour that works best for your taste preferences and dietary needs.

3. Is chapati a healthy food option?

Chapati is generally considered a healthy food option. It is a type of flatbread made from whole wheat flour, which is a good source of fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Chapati is also low in fat and calories compared to other bread options. However, it is important to note that the healthiness of chapati can be affected by the ingredients and cooking methods used. For example, if the chapati is made with refined flour or cooked with excessive oil or ghee, it may not be as healthy. Overall, chapati can be a nutritious and tasty addition to a balanced diet.

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