Homemade Chapati {Indian flat-bread}

by Kiran on February 18, 2014 · 36 comments

in bread, How-To, Indian

Hi Friends!!

We went to Miami yesterday. Something we didn’t plan much earlier because its been a while since we had an impromptu road-trip. Nothing beats the thrills of the unknown or unplanned.

The best is always impromptu, my friends 🙂

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Surprisingly, I didn’t take any photo of what we saw, ate or drank. We just had fun being in the moment. Not ruffling through an enormous handbag looking for my phone and trying to capture “the perfect” moment.

Just chose to live in the moment.

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Its mind boggling how much I have allowed technology to pretty much dictate my life. Take the cellphone for example. I can’t even remember a decent amount of contact numbers by heart. Everything is stored in that tiny chip of sim card.

And what do we do with our enormous brain? Daydream about recipe ideas of course 😉

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Take this recipe for example. For some, it might seem minute to day-dream of making homemade chapati’s (or phulkas!). It’s a basic necessity in our household. I make it all the time but never thought of sharing it until today.

There’s no secret of making this staple Indian flatbreads. It takes some spontaneity and time-away from technology to make this happen.

That’s all. And oh, you’ll need this recipe too 😉

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  • 2 cups of durum whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee, melted
  • scant 1 cup of luke warm water


  1. Add everything except for water, in a large non-reactive bowl. Mix well.
  2. Gradually drizzle in warm water to the mix until it binds into a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes, covered with a kitchen towel.
  3. Heat a flat iron skillet on medium-high.
  4. Divide dough into equal portions. Roll between palms and apply gentle pressure till the dough balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for rolling out.
  5. Flour surface and rolling pin. Flour the dough ball as well.
  6. Roll dough ball into 6 inch circles or as thin as possible without tearing. If the dough begins sticking on surface and rolling pin, lightly dust with some whole wheat flour on both sides.
  7. Place rolled out chapati on hot skillet for a few seconds before flipping over. At this point, some brown spots would begin appearing. Using a spatula, lightly apply pressure to the puffed areas all around.
  8. Flip again and lightly apple pressure making sure chapati is cooked on both sides.
  9. Remove cooked chapatis, spread a thin layer of ghee. Keep it covered to retain softness, while making the rest.
  10. Serve hot with preferred sides.


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I hope this post and recipe has inspired many to treasure moments in life by putting aside the technology that has already consumed so much. Get into the kitchen and have fun experimenting with recipes for a change.

Sometimes, its the “impromptu’s” that’s more exciting!

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Have you done any impromptu’s recently? Please share 🙂

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1 Rosa February 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Beautiful chapatis! This is a flatbread I really love.

Like you, sometimes when I go somewhere, I don’t take any pictures because I want to enjoy the moment…




2 Kathryn February 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I love chapati – one of my favourite breads for scooping up curry! And these are absolutely stunning.
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3 Sophie33 February 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Yum Yum Yummm, Welcome to Miami, bienvenido a Miami,ami from Will Smith. Yeahhh.
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4 Sophie33 February 19, 2014 at 3:45 AM

Excellent hom-made chapatis too..yummmm..
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5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

havent done a impromtu trip in a lonng time. i hardly ever make chapatis because i cant get it round like yours..im glad you guys were able to enjoy the moment 🙂
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6 Todd | HonestlyYUM February 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Such a beautiful post in every way. I have to try my hand at these as soon as possible!!


7 Shema | LifeScoops February 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Beautiful pictures… your phulkas look perfect!!!
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8 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Impromptu moments are truly the best. These flat breads look so delicious!
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9 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style February 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I’m glad you did share this, Kiran. A good chapati can be sublime, and your recipe looks wonderful!
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10 Lisa H. February 19, 2014 at 3:04 AM

I love chapatis… will order one (actually two… sheepishly admitting) at mamak stall in KL.
Talking about taking photos, I lugged my camera everywhere I went in Bangkok on my recent trip but I was too lazy to whip it out and take photos :(, too much effort
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11 Kelly February 19, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Great post Kiran, so glad you got to take a nice and relaxing trip, it is definitely nice to enjoy the moment instead of technology all the time 🙂 Your flatbreads look amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂
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12 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Oh I wish I could make my flat bread puff that much! I have actually tried only a couple of times. What’s the secret?
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13 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy February 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

P is basically a rice eater but I can’t imagine a meal without rotis.Make it each & every day! Love it
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14 Divya Pramil February 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Beautiful clicks and perfect chapatis.. Loved all the captures, specially the first one 🙂
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15 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com February 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I am so glad your “enormous brain” dreamed up these chapatis! I LOVE chapatis but never made my own – but with just 4 ingredients – Oooh, I gotta try these! Very inspiring post dear! Glad yall got away and enjoyed yourselves!
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16 Amy @ Elephant Eats February 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I love all bread, and these look totally delicious. I def wanna try making them!!


17 Raymund February 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Always good with curries, I think I cannot eat them without chapati. Thanks for sharing this recipe
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18 Lizzy (Good Things) February 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Kiran, your chapati look so delicious! I haven’t made them in years… that clearly must change! xo
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19 John@Kitchen Riffs February 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I haven’t made chapatis in ages! Yours look so gorgeous, and I know the flavor is terrific. I love these — definitely need to make them soon. Thanks.
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20 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Your chapatis look awesome, Kiran. I have to make a batch soon.
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21 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Can you share the trick to take those good smokey photos, like the fourth and last ones? Mine always turned out blurry instead of smokey…thanks in advance, Kiran.
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22 laurasmess February 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

I love chapatis. All Indian breads, actually… they’re one of my all-time favourite things. I’ve made naan and roti at home but never chapati. I definitely want to try this recipe! Gorgeous post as always Kiran! xxx
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23 Choc Chip Uru February 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Puffed perfectly, this flatbread looks delicious 😀

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24 Nupur February 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

You know the real art of making simple things look so grand and adorable at the same time.. Such beautiful presentation Kiran, love it !:)
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25 Shibi @ FlavzCorner February 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The chapathis puffed up perfectly. Mine won’t puff at time, but sometimes it work perfectly. I use the stand mixture though. Nice clicks!! Thinking about a trip without gadgets is tough hmmm.


26 Daniela February 20, 2014 at 2:36 PM

So true Kiran, unplanned trips or events often turn out to be the best ones.
The Chapati look just perfect and seem to be easy to prepare.
Must try this recipe out!
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27 Juliana February 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

So nice homemade chapatis…I just can imagine how delicious they must taste…yum!
Thanks for the recipe Kiran, hope you are having a great week 😀


28 Ina gawne February 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Kiran – oh how I love chapati…or any kind of flat bread really. I have made a few gluten free flat breads…but they are just not the same…sigh. Yours look scrumptious!
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29 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com February 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Love flat breads, especially when they are made from whole wheat! I can just eat them plain, along with a cup of sweetened tea!
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30 easyfoodsmith February 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Hubby and I too believe in taking as many impromptu trips as we possibly can squeeze in his hectic schedule.
Love the moody pics Kiran. Only you can make even a simple chapati look so tempting! 😀
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31 Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot February 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Wow! I never knew flat-bread had so little ingredients! This looks really good, I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great road trip!
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32 Asmita February 22, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Love chappatis but too lazy to make them. Getting inspired to make them after your post.
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33 rika@vm February 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

It’s nice to be phone or camera-free whilst traveling…so that you can enjoy it more and spend more time with your family 😉 sometimes we all need a break from these devices and ‘live in the moment.’ These are beautiful homemade chapati….will this work with just vegan butter? I’ve tried making my own flatbreads a few times, but they didn’t look as great as yours!


34 Helene D'Souza February 24, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Oh yes I notice that frequently too and I try to just forget about all the gadgets and live in the moment. That’s when I see the most amazing things even if its just a grasshopper saying hello to a praying mantis. ^.^
A good chapati is a must every morning for breakfast, says my husband. 😉
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35 Preethi February 25, 2014 at 5:19 AM

First time on your blog. Loved it. I love photography but when I’m going out I just take my phone with me for photography else I’m spending a lot of time behind the camera. I love it but dont get to be as much with the kids.
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36 Ravinder Darshi January 1, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Ghee is made from milk. It is not vegan.


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