CHAPATI – Yeast free Flat Bread

CHAPATI - Yeast-Free Flat Bread


4 cups flour

2 cups water (warmed but not  boiling)

2 tsp salt

4 Tbsp oil for dough

1/2 cup oil for frying


Heat 2 cups of water.  Don’t let the water boil. (Take the water off the heat when you see the little bubbles start popping off the bottom of the pot).   Add your oil to the heated water.

Add salt to the flour.  Fluff up the flour with your fingers and make a “volcano” with a crater on top in the bowl.   Pour the water into the crater and mix until all the flour is mixed in (even off the bottom)**.  Kneed the dough 10 times.

Make 4 or 5 small dough balls.

dough balls

Roll out a ball of dough, fairly thin, (don’t worry about its perfect roundness quite yet) until you have an approximately 14′ (diameter ).

rolled out

Add a Tablespoon of oil on to the chapati.

Tbsp oil

Spread the oil around.

spread it around

Start pulling and cutting the dough circle into a 1′ thick ribbon of dough.  It should look like a long dough rope when you reach the end.

Turn the dough ribbon around and around itself (like tape on a roll) creating a 1′ thick “pinwheel”.

Continue with the rest of the dough balls.

Roll out the “pinwheels” of dough into a 12′ chapatis.

Roll out pinwheel


Preheat your pan on medium high heat.  Wipe out the hot frying pan.

wipe out pan

Put the rolled out chapati in to the hot pan but don’t add oil yet.  Roll out next pinwheel after chapati gets put into the frying pan.  (You have to be a quick roller because you don’t want your chapati to burn).

put chapati in hot dry pan

Turn the chapati in the pan constantly, so that it doesn’t burn.

Lift the chapati and when there are golden brown spots all over flip it over.  (If you notice that the chapati is burning turn your heat down slowly until you find the right heat)

ready (flip #1) note brown

Add 3 Tablespoons of oil around the outer edges of the chapati.  Make sure to get some oil to the middle of the pan. Turn chapati until you notice that it is golden brown and flaky all over.

flaky (flip#2)

Flip the chapati.  There should be enough oil to fry this side (if the pan is dry add a Tbsp more of oil).  Turn chapati until this side is golden brown.

extra step: fold in half and turn

You can fold the chapati in half, to make it pull apart easily, and turn, flip, and turn.

Remember: The chapati shouldn’t be still in the pan for too long.

Take the flaky golden brown chapati out of the pan, put it on a dinner plate and continue frying.  Don’t forget to wipe out the pan and make it dry for each chapati that goes in.

Preparation Time:

1 hour

Serving Size:

This recipe makes 4-6 large chapati’s and feeds 2 adults and 3 children (approximately)

CHAPATI - Yeast-Free Flat Bread

*My husband is the master chapati maker of the house.  He has perfected the recipe!  I like to joke that he would make an old Indian grandmother jealous of his perfectly round and tasty chapati.
**My husband says that the dough should be coming off the edges of the bowl and off the fingers mixing the dough (not too sticky and not too dry).  He also tests the dough by holding the large dough ball in the air and if it sags and stretches down the dough is perfectly ready.  This is something to aspire to because it is not easy.



13 thoughts on “CHAPATI – Yeast free Flat Bread

  1. Oh my! Thanks for this. Have tried to make chapatis and they were a miserable failure. Heavy and doughy. I will try this method next time. 🙂

    • hi there i just added pictures and quick video for the chapati recipe…let me know how it works out!

      • Thank you! Pics and vid are a great help. What a lot of work!
        Is there a special flour better than another?

      • I just use regular white flour…I have used 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 white if you like that taste…It is a lot of work but worth every bite!

      • Okay – you’re on! I’ve actually been thinking of doing a blog post with a photographer friend – maybe we’ll use this recipe 🙂 be patient to hear results. Could take a while.

      • yo!

  2. Am one step closer to making chapatis – made pita bread, yes it uses yeast but it’s flat 🙂 am sure I’ll try your chapatis soon!

  3. Hmmm … I never add oil to mine. Have to try that!

  4. HerbivorousGeek

    Thanks! Making it now 🙂

    • Did it turn out great?

      • HerbivorousGeek

        Yes it did 🙂 I have recommended the recipe to others. I was so happy when it started puffing up i took photo’s hehe

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