Soft Chapati Recipe

how to make chapati

Soft chapati recipe given below enables you make soft chapatis. These are one of the outstanding Indian vegetarian dishes that give many health benefits. Chapathi is made from wheat flour dough. In English, chapati is known as Indian flat bread. A point you have to note about the soft chapati recipe is the softness of the chapathis also depend on the freshness of the wheat flour, the fresher it is the softer will be the chapatis.

It is said that eating chapati, made from whole wheat, may be good for diabetics.

The instructions below for how to make chapati uses milk as the key item to make soft chapatis. You can, however, use curd or yogurt in place of milk.

Chapati is delicious and is eaten as a starter item usually for lunch or dinner. Although less common, chapati is made for breakfast also.

A variety of items can be used as side dishes for this food. From coconut chutney to tomato curry, aloo sabzi (sabji) or aloo sagu to beetroot curry, you have a broad choice of side dishes for chapathi.

If you do not have the time to make a side dish, use plain yogurt or curd. Do not have this item? Use a banana. Or, mix ghee with sugar and make an instant side dish!

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Number of Chapatis: Six


1. Wheat flour 1 cup
2. Oil 1 teaspoon and for cooking
3. Salt to taste (optional)
4. Water 1/4 cup (approx.)

Soft Chapati Recipe

1. Coat the base and sides of a utensil with 1 teaspoon of oil.

Add wheat flour and salt. Mix.

Add milk / curd / yogurt to the mixture.


To make the soft dough, use your fingers and move them in a circular pattern, while adding water to the mixture. This way, you will allow the air also into the mixture, which helps in making soft chapatis.
2. Knead the dough for 1 minute.

3. Coat the dough with little oil, cover the dough with a bowl turned upside down

Set it aside for 15-20 minutes.

4. Knead the dough well and create 6 equal sized balls and press.

5. Take a ball and dip it in the wheat flour.

6. Roll out the flattened ball into the size of a poori using a rolling pin.

7. Add few drops of oil.

Spread the oil evenly on the entire surface.

Sprinkle 1 pinch of flour.

8. Fold it into half. Repeat step 7.

9. Fold it into half. You will get a triangle shape.

10. Press the edges between your fingers.

11. Dip the triangle shaped dough again in the wheat flour and roll out into a chapati.


To avoid sticking of the dough on to the rolling pin or rolling board, while rolling out, use wheat flour often.
12. Heat a tawa or pan.
13. Drop a rolled-out dough on the tawa, which is well-heated.
14. Sprinkle few drops of oil. Spread it using a spatula.

Wait for few minutes.

15. Flip the half-cooked chapati, when the color changes or a few bubbles appear on the top surface.

16. Sprinkle few drops of oil.

Slightly press the chapati with a wooden chapati press.
17. Cook until both sides have golden brown spots.

18. Remove from the tawa.

Follow the same procedure for the rest of the balls.
19. Chapati is ready.

Serve hot chapati with curry.


TIPS Soft Chapati Recipe
1. Use quarter-cup of maida, if you do not have milk or curd, to make soft chapatis. But the use of milk or curd is strongly recommended for health reasons.