Definition of chapatti in English:


(also chapati)


  • (in Indian cooking) a thin pancake of unleavened wholemeal bread cooked on a griddle.

    • ‘A pile of neatly stacked chapatis sits ready for dunking.’
    • ‘If you are worried about your weight or cholesterol levels, parathas are perhaps best avoided, advises Iqbal - but chapatis, made from plain flour, are very low in fat.’
    • ‘Again, for the convenience, people pick up packs of ready-made chapattis, which include oil and salt and have many more calories than the chapattis made at home where the oil can be avoided.’
    • ‘The children each had a turn at making a chapatti - which is not as easy as it looks, and then Dhal.’
    • ‘The meal may include chapati, dal, vegetables and rice pudding.’
    • ‘He opened a dirty piece of paper and started to chew on the cold chapatis that had been packed.’
    • ‘These get ground up to make porridge in most of Africa, or in India the grain is used for making chapattis and rotis, those delicious flat breads.’
    • ‘She works in nearly 10 homes, making chapatis and doing all other household chores.’
    • ‘Volunteers were serving chapattis, vegetables and sweetened rice to villagers.’
    • ‘Meals consist of milk, dal, chapatis, vegetables and rice.’
    • ‘Immediately, 10 beggars rush in to enjoy a wholesome meal of vegetable curry and chapatis, rice and dal.’
    • ‘We chose naan bread and a couple of chapatis to accompany our main course.’
    • ‘Tea and wheat products such as chapattis or pitta bread adversely affect iron absorption’
    • ‘Salma, a mere five year old, climbs on a stool to prepare chapattis for the family that took her in after she lost her parents.’
    • ‘What family would want a daughter-in-law who can run around kicking football all day but can't make dahl or chapatis?’
    • ‘They cooked biscuits and crepes and chapattis.’
    • ‘She began by making samosas, chapatis and other finger foods for a takeaway and soon she had to take on others to help her.’
    • ‘I make the chapattis whenever I come home at lunchtime.’
    • ‘It is eaten in the form of flat, unleavened bread called chapatis or roti, together with spiced lentils and vegetables in season.’
    • ‘He leans on her as they walk out of the park, heading home to a sparsely furnished but comfortable home with hot chapattis and aloo subzi for dinner.’
    • ‘As her mother says, ‘Who'd want a girl who plays football all day but can't make dahl or chapattis?’’
    • ‘You can serve it with rice or chapatis or nan bread to mop up.’
    • ‘If the sauce is poured over the kebabs, it can be served as the main dish along with naan, roti or chapatti.’
    • ‘The welcome was exceptional, with warm chapatis and dahl on hand - and, if so desired, a little communal relaxation with the ‘pipe of peace’.’
    • ‘Many of the prices are most reasonable - chapatti for example starts at 10 baht - and many of the curries come with lots of tangy sauce which is a rare treat in the city's Indian cafes.’
    • ‘A daily diet of four litres of milk, 300 gm of ghee, dried fruits, vegetables, rice, chapatis and cereals cannot fit into everyone's grocery list.’
    • ‘We also had Indian food including mangoes, chapattis and poppadoms.’
    • ‘Eaten with chapati and a trickle of the spicy yoghurt dip, it was a memorable concoction.’
    • ‘Another pal is also making a huge pan of curry and chapattis.’
    • ‘Mother usually sits there, making chapatis when Father returns from work.’
    • ‘Steamed rice, raita, rice puddings, naan, chapatti and Tandoori chicken delighted me.’
    • ‘They should be speckled with brown, and puff up when turned, but remain soft and pliable - rather like an Indian chapati.’
    • ‘Sources such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and chapatti should provide half the energy in a child's diet.’
    • ‘A girl, fully veiled under dark red chiffon, made chapatis over an open fire under a grape vine.’
    • ‘The Defence Food Research Laboratory from Bangalore has on display some ready-to-eat chapatis, curries and biriyanis which have a shelf life of one year.’
    • ‘Here you can order paneer tikka and a chana masala, along with dal and chapattis, chased by a rose lassi, and end up ashamed at paying less than £2 for the entire meal.’
    • ‘As they quickly let you know, they eat bread, not chapattis; drink in tavernas, not tea shops; many of them were Roman Catholic, not Hindu; and their musicians played guitars and sang fados.’
    • ‘Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti.’
    • ‘They lived only on chapattis, a flat unleavened bread, for 15 years.’
    • ‘More than a century later Mumbai's middle classes still prefer their chapatis cooked at home.’


From Hindi capātī, from capānā ‘flatten, roll out’.