Chapatis & Puris

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Roti is the name given to a circular unleavened flatbread which originates from the Indian subcontinent. There are many different varieties of unleavened flatbreads; Chapatis, Puris, Phulkas and Parathas and each has its own method of preparation and cooking. We love eating rotis for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our family and it’s amazing how my children, who are total carnivores, will happily eat an all vegetarian meal if it is accompanied with rotis. Growing up my mum used to prepare Parathas for us but as I’m lazy and can’t be bothered with layering the dough with ghee (clarified butter) before rolling, I mainly prepare Chapatis and Puris in my house. So a Chapati is a roti cooked on a hot griddle/tawa without the addition of oil; a Puri is a roti deep fried in oil; a Phulka is basically a Chapati only smaller in size and puffs up into a round ball (I guess my Chapatis are more characteristic to a Phulka as they puff into balls and I make them slightly smaller than the average Chapati size) and a Paratha is a roti which is rolled, buttered/layered with ghee and then rolled again to get flaky layers in between.

I use the same basic dough for both my Chapatis and Puris, the only difference being the end cooking method; a Chapati is cooked without any oil over a hot griddle/pan, a Puri is deep fried in oil. This video will instruct you on how to make the dough for both of these flatbreads. If you want to add some seeds to add flavour, opt for nigella/onion seeds (kali zeera in Bengali, or kalonji in Indian) or cumin seeds.

Makes 18 – 20 Chapatis or Puris (depending on size)

You will need:

3.5 cups of plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp of oil
2 cups boiling hot water

Method:

Watch the video and follow the instructions.

Bon Appetit!

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Comments 14

  1. Zahara Islam
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    Made chappati using this recipe but using half plain flour and half chappati atta twice now,and it has still come out great.The video to follow on your YouTube channel is easy,Thanks Afelia

    12 August, 2017
    • afelia’s kitchen
      Reply

      Aww you’re welcome, so glad the recipe worked for you! 🙂 x

      22 August, 2017
    • Naz
      Reply

      I’ve never been confident in making chapatis before but I watched the video last night and plucked the courage to make them today. Husband loves chapatis but its hard to compete with mother in laws but these were on par…jazakallah for sharing

      30 August, 2017
  2. Amina
    Reply

    Another easy step by step to follow. Thanks a lot ?

    4 June, 2017
    • afelia’s kitchen
      Reply

      Awww, so glad you enjoy the recipes and find them easy to follow. 😀 x

      5 June, 2017
  3. Fizz
    Reply

    I love like all your recipes! Your layout the way YOU explain things is on point ??
    Where have you been all my life ??

    31 May, 2017
  4. jebakoo
    Reply

    I tried this and it came out so good, it’s so simple but it was super soft usually you can use my rotis to break someone’s head ? But it was great I always love watching your stuff and literally never want you to stop doing this ? It’s so helpful for us young girls who know nothing about cooking. Thanks for all your hard work in sharing all your khoshto and teaching us ??

    27 May, 2017
  5. Fateha
    Reply

    Very easy recipe to follow. Tasted?

    4 May, 2017
    • afelia’s kitchen
      Reply

      Great, thanks for trying the recipe. 🙂

      4 May, 2017
  6. Najiyah Sultana
    Reply

    Followed this recipe via YouTube and it was such a delight to cook. The chapatis were soft and lovely in flavour and texture. An absolute hit with the hubby ?

    14 November, 2016
    • afelia’s kitchen
      Reply

      That’s great Najiyah, it’s always a good feeling when others are satisfied with what we lovingly prepare! Do try out some of my other recipes. x

      16 November, 2016
  7. Lily
    Reply

    Thank you for the great video! I live in Germany and am stuck with a glass stove top. Any recommendation for making a great chappati without finishing it on the open flame?
    Keep up the fine work!

    16 August, 2016
  8. Najma
    Reply

    thanks for sharing the recipe of chappati and puri. Have a great day

    7 July, 2016
    • afelia’s kitchen
      Reply

      You’re welcome, I hope you find it beneficial! ? x

      7 July, 2016

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