Chapati Recipe




45 Min



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 Caribbean, and East Africa. Hence, you might have already tasted chapati. You might have gotten to know chapatis as shabatti, phulka, roshi or roti


  • 2 cups of white flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon of salt
  • water
  • oil


How to prepare Chapatis

  1. Mix salt with flour and add one tablespoon of oil
  2. Start mixing with your hands while adding enough water to form an elastic dough without lumps
  3. Form 4 equal parts
  4. Roll one of the four portions into a circle and spread 0.5 teaspoons of oil. Roll it up, spread it and roll it again into a snail house
  5. Do the same for the other three portions
  6. Let them rest for at least 30 minutes
  7. Roll the balls out into circles of 13-16 cm
  8. Melt some oil or butter in a pan before cooking the Chapati
  9. Watch them bubble up as they cook rapidly
  10. Enjoy your hot Chapati!

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