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How to make soft chappaties

One of my cooking goal was to learn how to make soft, healthy and delicious chappaties.

But my biggest challenge has been making soft chappaties.

After a lot of experiments and research, I finally find a secret to soft and healthy chappaties. “Hot boiling water ” that’s my secret. No oil added just flour and salt.

I must admit, it took me a while and a lot of work to start making my chappatis soft. There was even a time I gave up for more than a year.

Before my chappaties used to be either crisp like crackers or rubbery. But now with this method, I assure you, your chappaties are going to be very soft.

Another thing I like about this method of using hot boiling water is that, it cooks my chappaties half way.

Some of the tips I use:

Add water little by little while kneading .

Don’t knead dough too dry , make slightly sticky dough.

Knead the dough for 2 to 3 minutes.


3 cups of brown flour
2 cups of hot boiling water
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of coriander powder (optional)

In a mixing bowl, add flour and salt mix.
Make a hole inside the flour. Then add hot water gradually mix using a spoon or a spatula, not your hands otherwise you will burn yourself.
Keep mixing with the spoon until the dough is cool enough to handle with your hands.

Tip out the dough onto floured surface. Knead until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and set it aside to rest for 15 to 30 minutes.

Lightly coat a bowl with oil.  Transfer dough to the bowl and cover.  Let rest for at least 30 minutes

Now divide the dough into equal portions, form each into a ball, and roll into a round ona slightly floured surface . As you see in the picture.

Heat the pan to medium high heat until it’s hot, then reduce the flame to low and grease with oil, place the rolled dough on the pan, cook for 2 to 3 minutes flip and cook on the other side.

Make sure you keep your flame low, otherwise your chappaties will start burning.

Once you remove the chappati from the pan place it on a plate and cover with a clean towel, this step is also important.

Do the same with the rest of the chappaties. Once done, serve with anything your heart desires. Enjoy.

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  3. When you specify coriander powder, are you referring to ground coriander seed or ground dried coriander leaf?

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