African Food

How to Prepare Chipati – Eastern African Chipati Recipe

East African Chapati is a beautiful, unleavened bread eaten in East Africa in countries like Burundi, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya. What I love about this bread is its sweetness, softness and it accompanies many dishes.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour and a little more flour for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 11/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and oil in a bowl and mix well. Gradually add water to form a soft, sticky dough.
  2. Turn to the floured surface; knead for about 10 to 15 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put in a bowl. Cover and let stand in a warm place for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Rotate on a lightly floured surface; divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each piece into a circle. At this point, you can turn the dough into a circle to cook the chapatis. However, if you want a layered, well-flaky chapati, proceed with the other steps below.
  4. Lightly coat the rolled Chapati with a little oil and rotate them as you would roll a rug. At this point it should be like a rope, then wrap the “rope-like” to form a coil, then pull the tip towards the middle of the loop, tuck it in with your index finger, and then cover it with a damp towel and leave rest for a few moments—10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Spread flour on the work surface again and roll out each rolled dough about 1/8 thick (the mixture will shrink to about 1-2/4 inch over time).
  6. Preheat the pan with a non-stick or heavy bottom. Put the Chapati in the pan and let it cook for a few seconds before stirring.
  7. Coat the surface of the chapatis with a thin layer of oil. Once you start to see bubbles on top of the chapatis, please turn it on the other side and coat it with a thin layer of oil.
  8. Continue to flip once or twice until you achieve the desired brown color. Serve hot or warm and enjoy with your favorite dish.

 

BOROKINNI BURHAN
Popularly known as “phoenix” is a Metallurgical engineer in-view, foodie, and a serial sports lover. He publishes on African Native Dishes on 54history alongside supporting Manchester United. Asides writing, he enjoys playing PES and trusts us, he is a beast at that. Connect with Phoenix on his socials

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