Food culture in Tanzania: Chapati


bread and utensil in one

An easy Chapati recipe

One of our constant companions in Tanzania – chapatis! This is probably more of an equivalent of bread to us. Even though it’s not too usual, we loved our chapati with some scrambled eggs or chipsi mayei in the morning.  Learn how to prepare this typical side dish with our chapati recipe!

This flatbread is a staple food of Swahili speaking people in Tanzania. It is usually served as a side dish to vegetable or meat dishes. Chapati is not only a side dish but similar to ugali also used as a utensil to pick up food.

People across the world have their versions of chapati. It’s especially common on the sub-Indian continent. Immigrants introduced it to the Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Carribean, and East Africa. Hence, you might have already tasted chapati. You might have gotten to know chapatis as shabatti, phulka, roshi or roti 😉