Chapati is a delicious traditional African flatbreads, which is especially good served with curried soups and stews. And you won't believe how easy it is to make!
I love exploring food from a variety of cultures and countries. And African and Asian foods are some of my absolute favorites.
These chapati flatbreads are a staple in both Indian and East African cuisine. And for good reason. They're totally delicious - and perfect for soaking up flavorful curries and sauces!
And best of all - they're super simple to make. I was stunned by how simple it was to make these chapati with just three ingredients - flour, salt, and water!
This chapati recipe is:
- Easy to make with just three simple ingredients.
- Soft and fluffy!
- Perfect for pairing with East African or Indian cuisine.
You can even use these chapati in place of tortillas, to make your favorite sandwiches and wraps!
This recipe is originally from Breadtime: A Down-to-Earth Cookbook for Bakers and Bread Lovers* by Susan Jane Cheney. It was reprinted with permission.
Chapati (Traditional East African Flatbread)
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup water or as needed
- neutral cooking oil such as safflower oil
- Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and stir together. Add water a bit at a time until the dough holds together. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a small floured bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each into a ball. Roll out each ball of dough into a thin round, about 5 inches in diameter.
- Set a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Use a paper towel to distribute a small amount of oil over the bottom of the skillet.
- Cook one round of dough at a time until touched with light brown spots, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side; repeat with the other balls of dough.
- Keep the chapatis warm, stacked one atop another in a covered container, until all are done. Serve at once.