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Chapati recipe
Chapati recipe
  • Makes: 6

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

These round and thin unleavened breads are a classic Indian staple made with wholemeal flour, oil and water. They are cooked in just a matter of minutes on a hot and dry flat pan or skillet and are delicious eaten warm brushed with melted butter or ghee or topped with a hot spicy pickle. If you have time, leave the dough in a bowl to rest covered with a clean damp tea towel for about 30 mins - this will make it much easier to shape the dough balls and roll them out thinly.


  • 250g plain wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 2tsp vegetable oil
  • Approx 200ml cold water
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds (optional)

Keep the chapatis warm by interleaving with circles of greaseproof paper and wrapping in foil.


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the coriander and salt. Gradually stir in the oil and water, kneading it in with your hands as you go to make a firm dough (you may not need to add all the water).
  2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and, with floured hands, knead for 3-4 mins until smooth. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a ball. Working one at time, flatten each ball with the palm of your hand then roll out to a thin circle about 18cm in diameter, adding a little extra flour if needed.
  3. Heat a flat cast iron griddle pan or heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Slap a chapatti on to the hot surface and cook over a medium heat for about a minute until golden and brown spots start to appear on the underside. Flip the chapatti over and cook for a further minute. Cook the rest of the chapatis in the same way. Serve warm sprinkled with yellow mustard seeds, if liked.

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