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Maryanne Karuga
July 19, 2023 | Recipes | Maryanne Karuga

Chapati Recipe

Chapatis are a big part of Kenyan culture. People in Kenya love to have chapatis with tea and other tasty dishes. The best thing about chapatis is that they go well with any type of stew, and you can also enjoy them with vegetarian dishes. If you want to make your chapati meal even more delicious, try pairing it with Mellowood 2017 Marsanne or 2018 Zinfandel Rose. These tasty wines will bring out the best flavors in this light and delicious dish.


chapati recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup warm water (approximately)
Additional vegetable oil for frying


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Mix well.

2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the vegetable oil. Gradually pour in the warm water while stirring the mixture with a spoon or your hands. Continue adding water until the dough comes together and is soft but not sticky.

3. Transfer the dough onto a clean, floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. You may need to sprinkle some additional flour if the dough is too sticky.

4. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal-sized balls. Roll each ball between your hands to make them smooth and round.

5. Take one dough ball and flatten it slightly with your palm. Dust it with flour and roll it out into a thin, round disc about 6-8 inches in diameter. You can use a rolling pin for this.

6. Brush the surface of the rolled-out chapati with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Then, fold the chapati in half, and once again, brush the surface with oil. Finally, fold it into a triangle.

7. Repeat the rolling, oiling, and folding process with the remaining dough balls.

8. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Place one folded chapati onto the hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown and puffs up slightly. You can press the chapati gently with a spatula to help it puff up.

9. Remove the cooked chapati from the skillet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining chapatis.

10. Serve the Kenyan chapatis warm with your favorite curry, stew, or any other dish of your choice.



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