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One of the most famous and versatile of Indian dishes, the Chapati is a favourite with kids and adults alike.

Whether they like to have it with subzi and dal, rolled up with grated veggies and cheese, or with a layer of jam, the Chapati is much-loved by kids. Ensure that you make it with good quality whole wheat flour so it is healthy and satiating for your kids.

Enjoy how to make Chapatis recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

Chapatis recipe - How to make Chapatis

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 chapattis
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For The Chapatis
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) for rolling
3 tsp oil for cooking

For the chapatis

    For the chapatis
  1. To make the chapatis, combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 portions and roll out each portion of the dough into a 150 mm. (6”) diameter thin circle using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) on a high flame and when hot, place the chapati gently over it.
  4. Cook it till small blisters appear on the surface. Turn over the chapati and press all over lightly using a muslin cloth till it puffs up.
  5. Apply ¼ tsp oil on both the sides and cook for few more seconds.
  6. Serve the chapati immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per chapatti
Energy104 cal
Protein2.6 g
Carbohydrates15.7 g
Fiber2.6 g
Fat3.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium4.3 mg
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Chapatis Video by Tarla Dalal
Chapatis recipe with step by step photos

For making the chapati recipe at home

  1. For making the chapati dough, take a deep bowl and add the flour to it.We need to take a deep bowl so that the flour and the other ingredients do not fall off while we are mixing or kneading the dough.
  2. Add 1 tsp of oil to this. Adding oil makes the rotis soft.
  3. Now add salt to taste. Increase or decrease the quantity of salt to your liking. Some people like their chapatis bland ,so you can even skip adding salt to your chapati dough.
  4. Add water little by little. Be careful while adding water.Adding too much of water initially will make it difficult for you to knead.
  5. Mix it well with your hands. Gather the flour from all sides. Add more water if it is required. 
  6. Make a soft dough by kneading it for at least 2 minutes. We have used approximately 1/3 cup of water. You may require more or less, as the amount of water depends upon the quality of the flour.
  7. Apply a little oil on the surface of the dough before you keep it for resting, so that it doesn’t become dry. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth. You can also use a food grade quality cling film or a plate to cover the dough.
  8. Keep it aside for 15 minutes. This resting period improves the texture of the dough, makes it easier to roll and makes the chapatis softer and fluffier.
  9. Your next step is to divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
  10. Sprinke a little flour on your rolling board and flatten a portion of the dough on it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your board.
  11. Roll out each portion of the dough into a thin circle of 6”(roughly 152mm) diameter. You can increase or decrease the size of the chapati as per your preference.
  12. Take a flat non-stick tava (griddle) and heat it on a high flame. Reduce the flame when it becomes hot  i.e when u can see fumes on your tava . Drizzle a few drops of water, if it sizzles, your tawa is ready.
  13. Put the rolled-out chapati on the tava. You need to cook it till small blisters appear on the surface. Make sure that your tawa is on medium flame.
  14. Turn the chapati over and cook for about 5-7 seconds on a medium flame till light brown spots appear.
  15. Apply ¼ tsp of oil on the surface of the chapati and cook for 2 seconds. Flip and repeat the process applying ¼ tsp more oil.
  16. Place the chapati on a clean and dry surface. Repeat with the remaining dough portions to make 5 more chapati.
  17. Serve chapati immediately or wrap the chapati in a clean soft cloth and keep them in a hot case.

Chapati for diabetics, weight loss

  1. Chapati for diabetics, weight loss and healthy heart. Yes, Indian chapati is healthy for all. Made from whole wheat flour which is far healthier than plain flour. Whole wheat flour is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food.  Whole wheat flour is rich in Phosphorus which is a major mineral which works closely with calcium to build our bones. Vitamin B9 helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially increase red blood cells. So enjoy your chapati every day with a healthy sabzi or healthy diabetic friendly dal


 on 20 Aug 19 03:30 PM

Thanks for this informative chapati recipe. I use a brand called Surabhi foods for making healthy chapaties.
 on 13 Apr 19 11:02 PM

 on 10 Sep 16 08:55 AM

this information is so helpful to me personally, other sites doesnt have this kind of useful content thank you so much
Edited after original posting.
Tarla Dalal
10 Sep 16 09:37 AM
   Thanks JB. We are delighted you loved the Chapati recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
 on 09 Jul 16 10:41 AM

Thanks for this recipe. I know know the difference between chapati, roti and phulka, etc. they turned out really soft and had it with your Aloo methi subzi recipe. Yumm!!
 on 19 May 16 04:51 PM

Soft chapati recipe 1 was looking for.. and i have found it.. It turned out really well and perfect..