Chapati has become a common dish at events and a very popular street food. Its popularity has increased over the years with many Kenyans loving it.

However, making this unleavened pastry can prove to be a quite a challenge to many. Here is a simple chapati recipe suitable for beginners guaranteed to give you soft, layered, delicious and Instagrammable chapatis.


  • Wheat flour
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Cooking oil
  • Cooking fat.


  • Sieve your flour into a clean bowl.
  • Warm your water to blood heat. Test the warmth on the back of your hand.
  • Add a pinch of sugar and salt into the flour and mix.
  • Add in the fat and rub it in until well combined.
  • Mix in the warm water gradually and knead it in until the dough is well combined, smooth but not sticky.
  • Add in a bit of oil and onto a lightly dusted surface knead your dough till it is smooth and elastic, at least ten minutes.
  • Let your dough sit covered with a clean damp towel over it in a warm place for at least fifteen minutes.
  • Roll out your dough once sat and spread cooking oil all over it.
  • Roll it up once more to seal in the oil.
  • Cut it up into equal pieces and let it sit for another fifteen minutes.
  • Now heat up a pan and roll out your dough into a round shape.
  • Grease up your pan and cook your dough until well browned on both sides
  • Once they ready, serve with stew or as a snack.