How to Cook Chapati – Soft Kenyan Chapati Recipe

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how to cook chapati soft
how to cook chapati soft

Let’s look at how to cook chapati using our simple chapati recipe. We are not only going to look at how to cook chapati but how to cook chapati soft. If you have ever tasted chapatti you will agree with me that some chapati can be very hard to chew and therefore this article on how to make chapati using our simple chapati recipe will focus on how to cook chapati soft.

How to Cook Chapati
How to Cook Chapati

Chapati in English

Before we learn how to make soft chapatis lets look at what is chapati in English.

Chapati is a thin pancake of unleavened whole-grain bread cooked on a griddle. It is eaten in the form of flat, unleavened bread called chapatis or roti (indian name), together with spiced lentils and vegetables in season. In Africa especially Kenya, Chapatis are commonly served with meat, chicken, beans and green grams.

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how to make chapati
how to make chapati

How to Cook Chapati

How to make soft chapatis is fun but requires time. This is the reason you will often find  people using chapati recipe that produce chapatis that are not soft. Making layered soft chapati needs some skill for you to be able to produce these delicious soft chapatis. This is something that you will have to do over and over to get the hang of it.

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Making these soft Kenyan chapatis uses the same procedure and ingredients as the direct chapatis however, layered chapati( chapati za ngozi) requires extra time, extra oil and simple skills.

how to cook chapati soft
how to cook chapati soft

Ingredients: How to Cook Chapati

  • 3 cups of All Purpose Flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 ½ cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • Vegetable oil

Directions on how to make chapati

Step 1. In a bowl, measure three cups of flour.

Step 2. Take another bowl and mix salt, sugar, 2 tbps of oil and 1 cup of water. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolves.

how to make soft chapati dough
how to make soft chapati dough

Step 3. Pour the liquid mixture above (step 2) in the flour bowl and mix well. Keep adding the remaining water until the dough becomes soft.

Step 4. This is how to make soft chapati dough: Knead the dough for five minutes and add flour if needed.

how to make soft chapati dough
how to make soft chapati dough

Step 5. Another step on how to make soft chapati dough: Transfer the dough on a flat surface and continue kneading and adding flour when needed for 10 minutes. Add more flour to make it more thick but not too hard.

Step 6. Return the ready chapati dough in a bowl, add some oil and knead to mix it up until it soft and not sticky. Cover the dough and leave it for 40 minutes.

Directions on how to make chapati

Step 7. After the 40 minutes, divide the dough into 10 to 13 equal parts making ball like shapes. Arrange them in a flat surface dusted with flour

Chapati balls

Step 8. Right away, pick one of the balls and place it on a flat surface.

Step 9. With a rolling pin, roll the ball to a circular shape.

Step 10. Brush the circular chapati with oil on top.

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Step 11. At the side that faces you, start folding and rolling the oiled chapati with both hands as if you are rolling a rode away from your direction.

Step 12. Once you have a shape that looks like a rope, create a coil like shape.

Step 13. Make a coiled ball and with your palm, press the ball down to make it flat.

making chapati
making chapati

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Step 14. Next, with a rolling pin make a circular shape again. (As you can see the image, layers can be seen on the rolled out chapati).

preparing chapati
preparing chapati

Step 15. In a hot pan, place the rolled out circular chapati and fry each side until its golden brown on medium heat. (Repeat step 8 to 15 until you finish the rest chapati dough balls). Put your cooked chapati in plastic wrap or container and cover. Serve after 20 minutes.

kenyan chapati recipe
kenyan chapati recipe

Chapati Recipe

We hope you enjoyed our article on how to cook chapati using our simple chapati recipe. Now you know how to make soft chapati dough, what is chapati in English, how to make chapati especially how to make soft chapatis with this kenyan chapati recipe. Feel free to share your experience here for others to learn.

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