Chapathi (roti)

One of my all time favourites – Chapathi. Wheat chapathi is consumed during diets. This is a very healthy meal – sort of bread. It has the appearance of Tortilla. In one of my other posts I have mentioned how to make Kothu roti. Kothu roti is a dish made up of roti and vegetables.




2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
¾ cup warm water (enough for kneadable dough)


  • Mix ingredients together to form dough. Knead the dough, cover, and leave aside for at least 30 minutes (ideally up to 2 hours). Just before rolling out, punch the dough and knead again without adding any more water.
  • Make 10-12 8cm balls; dip each one into dry whole wheat flour, and roll out into thin, 25cm circles. Place a flat, ungreased griddle on the stove at medium-high heat. When hot, place a rolled-out chapathi / roti “right side” down on the griddle. (The “right side” is the one facing up when you roll it.) When bubbles are visible, turn over and cook until tiny brown spots appear on the side facing the griddle.
  • If you have a gas stove, hold the chapathi with a pair of tongs, and place it directly over the burner flame for a few seconds, until the chapathi puffs up. Turn and repeat on the other side.
  • If you have an electric stove, keep the chapathi on the griddle. With a wadded up paper towel to protect your fingers, press gently all around the chapathi. Flip the chapathi and press gently around the other side. This procedure should make the chapathi puff up. (If you press too hard, the chapathi will become too crunchy.)
  • Remove the chapathi from the heat, and serve with a curry dish.

Did you know? 

The word ‘chapati’ is considered of Dravidian origin, from chappa meaning ‘flattened’ in Tamil and attai or paathi means Husbands Food. In southern India, there is a distinction made between a ‘chapati’ and its layered fried version the ‘paratha’. ‘Parathas’ usually have a filling inside, such as spinach, cooked radish, or potato. Also now the ‘tandoori roti’ is to be found in the smallest towns. Many people confuse roti and chapati, but chapatis are made of whole wheat flour, whereas rotis are made of all-purpose flour.

A link to my Kothu roti recipe :-

Enjoy the delicacy…



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