Homemade Chapati – Bringing a Taste of India to Your Baby Food Menu

Posted on Aug 13 2009 - 1:21pm by Christine

Chapati is a type of traditional Indian flatbread that’s REALLY easy to make and the perfect accompaniament for baby’s homemade curries.

Homemade chapatiChapatis (sometimes known as chappatis or rotis) are made of whole wheat flour and are a type of ‘unleavened’ bread, which simply means that they do not contain yeast or any other leavening agent, so they do not rise. If you’d like to make yours really authentic, look for chapati flour in your local Indian grocery store and use it in place of the wheat flour listed in our recipe.

Chapatis are usually rolled up into a sort of ‘cone’ shape, to make it easier to scoop up runny curries. But they can also be torn into smaller pieces by baby and used to ‘dip’ into the curry sauce left over in his bowl. You’re not JUST limited to curries, though, and can serve chapatis with anything your baby likes!

To Make Baby’s Homemade Chapati You Will Need…

4 oz (1 cup) whole wheat flour
4 fl oz (1/2 cup) water

Mix the flour with enough of the water to make a firm dough. Knead the dough well (for AT LEAST ten minutes) , then pop it into a greased bowl, cover and set aside for one hour.
Divide the dough into four balls. On a floured surface, roll out each ball until it is about 6 inches across. Alternatively, you can divide the dough into more balls, to make smaller, baby sized chapatis!
Heat a cast iron frying pan, skillet or griddle, then cook the chapatis (without oil) for about 30-45 seconds on each side.

There – we told you they were easy!

But don’t skimp on the kneading – it’s important to do it properly or you might find your chapatis tear apart too easily!

Here are some nice curry recipes from our site to serve with your yummy homemade chapatis…

Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

Chicken and Apple Curry

Butternut Squash and Chicken Curry

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Susan January 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm -

    Thanks so much for giving ounces too!

  2. Christine January 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm -

    You’re welcome (it’s our British roots – we still think of measurements in lb and oz!)

  3. Preiyanka August 8, 2011 at 3:03 am -

    WOW, Nice to see Indian food recipes here..

    I feed my 9 month old baby one chapati made from whole wheat flour evreyday as it is a convenient and it is made everyday. I brush little ghee after making it for it to remain soft. I tear it into bite size pieces and then either dip it in dal (boiled lentil soup tempered with ghee and cumin), whole milk or any curry.

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