Chapatis II Recipe - Authentic Vegetarian Kenyan Dish

Chapatis II

Chapatis II Recipe - Authentic Vegetarian Kenyan Dish
Region / culture: Kenya | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 | Vegetarian diet


Chapatis II
Chapatis II

Chapatis are a popular type of unleavened bread that originated in India. They are simple to make and are a staple in many Indian households. This recipe for Chapatis II is a variation on the traditional recipe, with a few added ingredients for extra flavor.


Chapatis have been a part of Indian cuisine for centuries. They are typically made with just flour, water, and salt, but this recipe adds a touch of butter for added richness. Chapatis are often served with curries, vegetables, or lentils.


How to prepare

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and divide the mixture into fourths.
  2. Roll each portion into a circle and spread a thin layer of melted butter on top.
  3. Roll up each portion like a small jellyroll and then coil it.
  4. Flatten the rolled portions again. Fry them in a hot, heavy skillet until they turn brown on both sides.
  5. Note: They may not brown well if cooked in a Teflon coated pan.


  • Add chopped herbs or spices to the dough for extra flavor.
  • Use whole wheat flour for a healthier option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to roll out the chapatis thinly to ensure they cook evenly.

- Use a heavy skillet for frying the chapatis to ensure they brown properly.

- Don't overcook the chapatis, as they can become tough and dry.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chapatis II with your favorite curry or vegetable dish.

Cooking Techniques

Fry the chapatis in a hot skillet until they are browned on both sides.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour in place of regular flour.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough for Chapatis II ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chapatis II on a platter with a bowl of curry or vegetables for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chapatis II pair well with dishes like chicken curry, chana masala, or saag paneer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover chapatis in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat in a hot skillet or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chapatis II contains approximately 200 calories.


Each serving of Chapatis II contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chapatis II contains approximately 5 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chapatis II contains approximately 5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chapatis II are a good source of iron and B vitamins.


Chapatis II contain gluten from the flour.


Chapatis II are a nutritious and filling bread option, with a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Chapatis II are a delicious and versatile bread option that can be served with a variety of dishes. They are easy to make and are sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of wonder I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chapatis II. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my friend Maria, who lived in a small village in India. Maria's mother was known for her delicious chapatis, and I had always wanted to learn how to make them.

As soon as I walked into Maria's kitchen, I could smell the warm aroma of freshly baked bread. Maria's mother was busy kneading the dough, her hands moving effortlessly as she shaped the soft dough into perfect circles. I watched in awe as she expertly cooked the chapatis on a hot griddle, flipping them over with a flick of her wrist.

"Would you like to learn how to make chapatis?" Maria's mother asked me with a warm smile.

I nodded eagerly, excited to finally learn the secret to making these delicious flatbreads. Maria's mother handed me a bowl of flour and water, showing me how to mix the ingredients together until a soft dough formed.

"Knead the dough gently, like this," she said, demonstrating the proper technique. "You want the dough to be smooth and elastic."

I followed her instructions carefully, feeling the soft dough come together under my hands. Maria's mother showed me how to divide the dough into small balls, rolling them out into thin circles with a rolling pin.

"Now, it's time to cook them," she said, motioning for me to join her at the griddle.

I watched as she placed the chapati on the hot surface, the dough puffing up slightly as it cooked. She flipped it over, pressing down lightly with a cloth to help it cook evenly.

"Chapatis are best served hot off the griddle," Maria's mother said, handing me a plate of steaming bread.

I took a bite, savoring the warm, chewy texture of the chapati. It was delicious, with a slight charred flavor that added to its appeal.

"Thank you so much for teaching me how to make chapatis," I said, feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a skilled cook.

Maria's mother smiled, patting my hand gently. "It's my pleasure, dear. Cooking is a joy to share with others."

From that day on, I made chapatis regularly, experimenting with different flavors and ingredients to create my own unique version of this traditional bread. I shared my creations with friends and family, who always marveled at the soft, fluffy texture of my chapatis.

Over the years, I collected many recipes for chapatis from various sources, each one adding a new twist to this classic dish. I learned to make chapatis with whole wheat flour, adding spices like cumin and coriander for extra flavor. I even tried making stuffed chapatis, filling them with a savory mixture of vegetables and cheese.

But no matter how many variations I tried, the simple pleasure of making and eating chapatis remained the same. There was something comforting about the process of kneading the dough, shaping it into circles, and cooking it on a hot griddle. It was a labor of love, a way to connect with my roots and honor the traditions of my friends in India.

As I grew older, I passed down my knowledge of making chapatis to my own grandchildren, teaching them the same techniques that Maria's mother had taught me so many years ago. I watched with pride as they rolled out the dough, their hands moving with the same grace and precision that I had learned from my friend's mother.

And as we sat down to enjoy a meal together, I felt a sense of gratitude for the simple pleasures of cooking and sharing food with loved ones. Chapatis had become more than just a recipe to me – they were a symbol of connection, tradition, and the joy of creating something delicious with your own two hands.


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