Chapatti: Your New Favorite Pancake

A Traditional Indian Fried Bread

If you can make pancakes, you can make this chapatti.

  • So simple! There are only six ingredients and four easy steps. The name may be intimidating, but it’s as easy as a cross between making simple fry bread and pancakes.
  • So tasty! You can serve your chapatti hot with butter, honey, jam, or cinnamon and sugar. Or you can eat them plain as a complement to a main dish.
  • A new family favorite! Not even the picky eaters can hate this one. While cooking it in the test kitchen, our teenage daughter, Katie came in and declared them scrumptious once she had covered them in butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

What is Chapatti?

Chapatti is a traditional fried bread from India. They would cook it on a special griddle called a tava held over a fire to create steam that causes the bread to puff up.  It’s very similar to a pita in shape but often more puffed up.

Eat Plain Chapatti

With traditional chapatti, you would eat it as a complement to a meal of stew of vegetables. You could also use it much like a tortilla to scoop up things like rice and beans or salsa

iStock chapatti tortilla

Eat Sweet Chapatti

You can also eat it like a pancake with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar and a drizzle of honey. Or you can top it with sliced bananas and a drizzle of your favorite syrup. 

We like to add a little touch of sugar to the traditional recipe to make it just a tad sweeter. It’ so tasty that it may even be our new favorite type of pancake.

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Other Great Fried Breads

Fry Bread topped with bananas

Fry Bread

If you like chapatti, try out our favorite fry bread. It’s just like a donut, but you can make it with your favorite bread mix. It’s so easy to make and so delicious. You’ll absolutely love it.

(Updated from July 17, 2013)