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Indian chapati/roti or Flatbread

Chapatis/Roti रोटी or Flatbread is an everyday home bread eaten mostly throughout India but in North India, it is eaten at every mealtime. It's a very simple bread and you can make it with just a few ingredients.

Chapati flour is mostly a wholemeal flour but one can take any kinds of flour. You can get the one from the Indian store, it's from the brand Pilsbury. But from our local coop/Migros Dinkel Mehl, vollkornmehl, Ruckmehl etc. can also be very well used.

(I love this picture, this was taken when I went for my cousins wedding in Rajasthan)

So here is what you we will need.

Recipe for 4 people


  • 250 g chapati flour

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ghee

  • 150 ml water or more depending on the type of flour

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter for brushing the cooked chapatis


  • Place the flour in a large bowl and mix with the salt. Gradually add water and process into a smooth dough until the dough is smooth and glossy. Finally, knead again with 1 teaspoon of ghee and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes.

  • Knead the dough again well by hand and divide it into 8-10 table tennis ball-sized portions and leave them covered in the bowl.

  • Dust a portion with flour and shape into a ball in the palm of your hand. Flatten slightly. Roll out each portion of dough on a floured work surface into a round flatbread with a wooden stick. Keep turning in the flour so it doesn't stick.

  • Heat a flat pan. Put in a flatbread and fry for about 1 minute, check that there are small spots, then turn. After 1 minute, fry the other side with a flat towel, pressing down the corners so they cook evenly.

  • Remove and brush with ghee/butter. Wrap in a kitchen towel or aluminum foil.

  • Prepare all rotis in the same way, and serve warm.

  • You can also freeze these rotis very well.


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