Chapati (Roti)

This recipe is from and is a simple recipe for cooking Chapati or Roti, an Indian unleavened flatbread.  When we made it we just used plain flour and water and it still worked out ok.  This is a really versatile and yummy recipe as it is great with curries, but can also be used with dips, as a sandwich wrap or even a pizza base.  It is fantastic as it does not require many ingredients and can be made when the shops are not easily accessible.   Some rolling pin substitutes when camping can include a wine bottle, a thermos or drinking glass (ideas from

Serves: 10 
  • 1 cup (125g) wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) hot water or as needed
Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 
  • In a large bowl stir together the wholemeal flour, plain flour and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the olive oil and enough water to make a soft dough that is elastic but not sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth. Divide into 10 parts, or less if you want bigger breads. Roll each piece into a ball. Let rest for a few minutes.
  • Heat a frypan over medium heat until hot and grease lightly. On a lightly floured surface use a floured rolling pin to roll out the balls of dough until very thin. When the pan starts smoking put a chapati on it. Cook until the underside has brown spots, about 30 seconds, then flip and cook on the other side. Continue with remaining dough.

Jill Thaivarayan has another variation of this recipe on her site ‘Trip Around Oz’, as well as other yummy recipe ideas.  It is a great site to browse, with lots of good information.

Trip Around Oz – Chapati Recipe

Some more great ideas from the Adventure-Journal include adding some Cumin to the dough mix or rolling the dough in finely chopped garlic before cooking.

Adventure-Journal – Camp Bread

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