How to Make Chapatis

What are Chapatis?

Chapatis (also chapattis, rotis and more) are a type of flat bread, commonly made in most parts of India. There are very few ingredients and they are both quick and simple to make. Chapatis make a delicious accompaniment to many Indian main meals or can be served with a starter of such as spiced onions or spicy dips.

Chapati Ingredients
Chapati Ingredients

The Ingredients Required for Making Chapatis

In order to make these delicious, Indian chapatis, all you will require is the following:

(Makes six chapatis of about 5" in diameter)


4oz wholemeal flour

3fl oz lukewarm water

1 tbsp sunflower oil

Pinch of salt

Butter (or ideally ghee) for spreading on the cooked chapatis

Prepared Chapati Dough
Prepared Chapati Dough

How to Prepare the Chapati Dough

Preparing the chapati dough is incredibly straightforward. Simply add the flour, salt, water and oil to a bowl and mix thoroughly by hand until a soft dough is formed. Adding a little oil to your hands will help to stop the dough from sticking to them. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes then cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or even clingfilm and leave for ten to fifteen minutes.  

Chapatis Shaped and Ready to Roll
Chapatis Shaped and Ready to Roll

Rolling Out the Chapatis

When the chapati dough has been rested, it should be separated in to six equal parts. Each part should then be rolled in to a ball (slightly smaller than a golf ball) and flattened by hand in to a pate.

A little plain (all-purpose) flour will be needed in order to roll out the chapatis. When rolling the chapatis, it is imperative that you do not press down too hard. Let the rolling-pin do the work and roll each one out in to a circle of about 5" in diameter.

Chapati in Frying Pan
Chapati in Frying Pan

Cook Your Chapatis in an Authentic Indian Tawa (Griddle)

Lodge L9OG3 Cast Iron Round Griddle, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch
Lodge L9OG3 Cast Iron Round Griddle, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch

This authentic Indian Tawa is 10 1/2" in diameter and comes fully preseasoned. It is ovenproof to 500F and even includes a handle with a hole for easy hanging. What better bargain will you find on Amazon or anywhere else today?


Pan Frying your Chapatis

In this instance, I am using an ordinary, non-stick frying pan to cook the chapatis but there is no doubt that the job is far better achieved when using a tawa (skillet) as featured above.

Bring the pan up to a fairly high heat. Note, however, that no oil or grease should be added as the oil already incorporated in the chapati dough will be sufficient. The chapatis should be fried one at a time, for about thirty seconds each side. The chapati is ready to be turned when air bubbles can be seen forming on its surface.

The chapati should continue to be cooked until it begins to rise quite significantly and essentially fill with air, again for up to thirty seconds on each side. It should then be removed from the pan and spread immediately with a little butter (or ghee) and either served immediately or when the accompanying dish is ready.

A Fantastic Video Showing How to Make Chapatis (Rotis)

Cooked Chapatis Ready to Serve

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Have you ever tried making Chapatis? 10 comments

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

HI, Chris. You're welcome - enjoy! :)

Chris Foster 4 years ago

thanks very much i'll never buy chapatis again so easy when someone tell you THANKS again

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Gald it helped you out, Ellen. Hope you make and enjoy these chapatis.

Ellen 4 years ago

tried making these in Sunday School when we were learning about Elijah and the widow but the recipe had left out the water so came home and looked up your site which has really helped!!

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Good to hear they worked out for you, anjila. Thanks for visitng and for letting me know.

anjila 4 years ago

i tried it and have manage to make it perfectly...its so delecious

thanks for everything

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Go for it, ThreeFootHat. They are incredibly simple to make and delicious.

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ThreeFootHat 6 years ago from Chicago

I love these! I've never tried making my own though. Maybe I should give it a shot.

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, Christy!

They really are this easy - give them a go.

Christy Zutautas 6 years ago

Fantastic hub, I'd love to try to make chapatis, and your photographs are amazing.

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