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how to make chapati soft indian flatbread recipe

Soft Chapati/Chapathi Recipe, How To Make Chapati Soft

Chapati (chapathi) is the most popular and basic unleavened flatbread from the Indian subcontinent and following the instructions and tips from this easy and soft chapathi recipe, you can easily make delicious, soft chapathi at home.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword north indian chapati recipe, soft chapathi tips, soft chapati recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 chapathi
Calories 128kcal


  • 2 cups Wheat chapati flour known as atta flour
  • 1 cup Warm water or more as required
  • ½ teaspoon Salt (adjust as needed)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (more for greasing the pan and cooking if needed)
  • Flour for dusting


  • In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
  • Add the warm water little by little and form the dough. ( I heat the water in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds. As I mentioned earlier you can use very hot water also but you have to use a spoon to mix the hot water with the flour and then knead the dough as it cools enough to handle with your hands)
  • Add the 3 tablespoons of oil to the dough and knead again to form a very smooth and soft dough. Let the dough sit covered for at least 20 to 30 minutes for best results.
  • Make round balls from the dough, try to make almost equal sized.
  • Take each one of the balls in your hand, press it gently between both palms to flatten it a bit.
  • Dust both sides of the flattened ball with some flour and roll it using a rolling pin and board, to form the chapati.
  • Heat an iron pan or non stick pan, grease it with oil (or ghee or butter), and place the chapati on it.
  • Cook both sides, by flipping the chapati. You can add little oil, ghee or butter to make the chapati (while cooking the chapati in the pan) to make it more delicious. Chapatis are ready to serve with butter, ghee, yogurt, raita or any chutneys or any side dish as you wish!


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 31mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg