How To Make Soft And Yummy Layered Chapati

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What Is Chapati?

Chapati is a common staple food in Indian subcontinent and some part of East African subcontinent.

In East Africa Chapati came to exist as a result of trade between the Arabs, Indians and the East African people.

Other names chapati, includes; India – Càpatì, East Africa – Chapo and Maldives – Roshi. Though it is worldly known as Roshi.


  • 2 and ½ cups of All Purpose flour or Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 ½ table spoon Salt
  • 1 table spoon Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Warm Water ( slightly warm )



Pour the flour in a clean bowl.

All Purpose flour in a clean bowl

Add one and a half table spoon of salt and then a table spoon of sugar. The sugar gives a nice balance. Go in by your hand to mix the flour or use flour mixer if you have one. Add some water and the vegetable oil little by little and one at a time. Use your hands and fist to knead a dough.

Soft layered Chapati
The dough

Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and leave it to rest for about half an hour or 45 minutes, to make the to relax and even more softer.

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Sprinkle some flour on your work table.

Sprinkling flour on the working table

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on the table. Go in with your hands to knead it again, stretch it and fold it.

Stretching and folding the dough

As you stretch and fold try to press it with your finger, until it stops to be sticky and become springy when you press it.


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Using a bread knife cut the dough, just estimate any size, and start to make balls.

The dough can give 15 to 30 balls or should I say chapatis, but it depends with the size of the balls that you are making.

Arrange the balls on the top of the working and then sprinkle some flour on top of the ball. Take the balls one by one and start to stretch them with a chapati rolling pin.

Stretching the balls with a rolling pin

At this stage the circle doesn’t need to be perfect, after stretching sprinkle some flour on top of it, then fold it with your hands and make other ball, as on the picture below.

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When you are done with step 5, as on the picture, roll them using a roll pin starting with the first chapati balls that you made because they have relax. At this step you should be gentle so that you may not dismantle all the layers that you have been working for all this long and try your level best to make a good circular chapati.

Step 2

Heat your stainless frying pan using a medium heat.

Gently lift your chapati from your working table to the pan. Leave the chapati for about 30 seconds until it starts to bubbling and turn it and let it to cook for another 30 seconds.

Add little vegetable oil on the pan and turn the chapati as it cooks.

Frying Layered Chapatis

Follow the same procedures to the remaining chapatis and do not forget to cover them immediately after taking the chapati out of the frying pan.



• 2 and ½ cups of All Purpose flour

• 1 ½ table spoon Salt and 1 table spoon Sugar

• Vegetable oil

• 1 cup Warm Water ( slightly warm )


1. Add 2 and ½ cups of flour in a bowl.

2. Add 1½ table spoon salt, 1table spoon sugar, 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 cup of water in a separate jar.

3. Mix the salt and sugar to the flour on a bowl and then add the water.

4. Keep kneading for 10 minutes and add flour if needed until the dough becomes non-sticky. Add 2-3 table spoon of oil and continue kneading until the oil mixes well and the dough is soft. Cover the dough and leave it for 30 to 45 minutes.

5. After the 45 minutes, divide the dough into 10 – 15 to equal balls like shapes. Put them on your working table dusted with flour.

6. Sprinkle some flour on your rolling work place and take one of the balls and start to roll with a rolling pin to a circular shape. Sprinkle vegetable oil on top of it and roll it inwards to form a shape-like a rope, then create a coil-like shape and make a ball. Repeat this process to the remaining chapati balls.

7. Roll all the balls one by one starting with the balls that you made first using a rolling pin to form a good circular shape.

8. Heat a frying pan and place the circular chapati and fry each side with little oil.

9. Take the chapati out of the pan and cover it. Do the same process to the other balls.

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