Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chapati...How to make soft chapatis

Chapati or Chappati or Chappathi is a common Indian flat bread and  is a regular staple dish in North India and Pakistan. There are many forms of chapatti with slight variations, namely Roti, Paratha/Parantha, etc. I am basically a rice person and   love to eat idlies and dosas. But my son likes everything other than idli and dosa.  As mothers,  we  strive  to  give our children the best. So I tried a lot to make soft chapattis as my son likes them.  Always I wonder on seeing North Indian ladies making soft chapatis with no effort. I asked whoever I met with for the tips to make soft chapatis. Based on their advice, I followed many gimmicks,  adding hot milk, banana, curd, hot water, etc, etc … but everything resulted in big “zero”. Finally I got the secret from one of my aunts and  I  succeeded.  It’s not such a mind blowing secret …. What I missed out is only kneading!?  I mean, we need to knead the dough atleast  for about 5 minutes.

Making soft chapattis follows simple steps but making perfectly  round and  soft chapattis is not an easy job for beginners. As they say practice makes  perfect! 


  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Water and salt as needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Maida/ All purpose flour– 3 tbsp for dusting.

  1. Take wheat flour in a large bowl, add salt and mix well with the flour.
  2. Add water little by little, mixing the flour with water. Make a soft dough. Knead  well the dough for 5 minutes adding oil in between.
  3. Keep it covered and let it stand for ½ an hour.
  4. After ½ an hour, make small balls out of the dough.
  5. Roll the dough into thin, round discs using roller pin, dusting the ball with maida/ all purpose flour.
  6. Place the tawa/skillet on a stove. Let it get heated.
  7. Place the rolled chapati on the heated tawa, wait for bubbles to come on the surface. Flip the chapati immediately and leave it for a minute.
  8. Cook on both sides on high flame, flipping it now and then, till brown spots appear and chapati gets cooked completely.

Your soo..fft chapati/roti is ready to eat!

  • The amount  of  water added should be enough to make a soft dough so that if we insert our finger, our finger should pass through without any effort. This is the main factor deciding the softness of your chapatti.
  • For kids, you can apply some butter/ghee on  the top of the cooked chapatti. For elders, we can use gingelly oil and those on diet can avoid this step.

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  2. Whoa...Good Tip !!!
    Was certainly looking out for one and bang got it here..thank u !!!