African Chapati

by Keesha
Keesha's African Chapati

If there is one dish that unites Kenyans during a party it is Chapati. Chapati is unleavened flat bread, either white or brown. Although everyone loves it, only a few people understand how to prepare high-quality Chapati. Therefore, those who can’t, will often buy it at restaurants, supermarkets or hire a chef to cook it.

Usually eaten with meat or vegetable stew, it is often served at special occasions such as birthdays, weddings or holidays. It is however during Christmas where you will find most families serving Chapati to their loved ones. In Kenya, Christmas is not Christmas without Chapati! In summer, I love to have a light salad with Chapati for lunch and in winter I enjoy it with a hot vegetable stew. Personally, I love it as a light snack or appetizer together with Hummus or Harissa.


By Keesha
Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup of wheat flour
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Salt to taste



Mix the flour in a separate bowl and add oil and salt.


Use the mixer, food processor, or your hands to mix the ingredients.


Add some water until it kneads well. You have to knead the dough for around 10 minutes to get the right consistency.


Next, cover the dough for 30mins to 1 hour.


Before dividing the dough into small balls, you need to knead it once again.


Make sure to dust flour on the divided balls so that they don’t stick.


Flatten the balls into thin circles.


Take a skillet and heat at medium flame.


Once it is hot, heat the Chapati one by one. Apply oil or ghee. On the chapati, fry each side for about one minute until it turns light brown.


Once it looks puffy, take the Chapati from the skillet and keep them warm.


Repeat the process for every Chapati.


Enjoy the Chapati with salad or with a hot vegetable or meat stew.


Alternatively, it is also a great afternoon snack with chai tea or hot milk.


For the spinach and chili chapati, use the same amount of warm water mixed with the ingredients and mix it well together in the blender. You don't necessarily have to add sugar and cinnamon.

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