Definition of chapati in English:


(also chapatti)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A pile of neatly stacked chapatis sits ready for dunking.’
    • ‘You can serve it with rice or chapatis or nan bread to mop up.’
    • ‘Immediately, 10 beggars rush in to enjoy a wholesome meal of vegetable curry and chapatis, rice and dal.’
    • ‘The welcome was exceptional, with warm chapatis and dahl on hand - and, if so desired, a little communal relaxation with the ‘pipe of peace’.’
    • ‘More than a century later Mumbai's middle classes still prefer their chapatis cooked at home.’
    • ‘It is eaten in the form of flat, unleavened bread called chapatis or roti, together with spiced lentils and vegetables in season.’
    • ‘As her mother says, ‘Who'd want a girl who plays football all day but can't make dahl or chapattis?’’
    • ‘The meal may include chapati, dal, vegetables and rice pudding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another pal is also making a huge pan of curry and chapattis.’
    • ‘A girl, fully veiled under dark red chiffon, made chapatis over an open fire under a grape vine.’
    • ‘She began by making samosas, chapatis and other finger foods for a takeaway and soon she had to take on others to help her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tea and wheat products such as chapattis or pitta bread adversely affect iron absorption’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children each had a turn at making a chapatti - which is not as easy as it looks, and then Dhal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mother usually sits there, making chapatis when Father returns from work.’
    • ‘He opened a dirty piece of paper and started to chew on the cold chapatis that had been packed.’
    • ‘They cooked biscuits and crepes and chapattis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She works in nearly 10 homes, making chapatis and doing all other household chores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We chose naan bread and a couple of chapatis to accompany our main course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What family would want a daughter-in-law who can run around kicking football all day but can't make dahl or chapatis?’
    • ‘Steamed rice, raita, rice puddings, naan, chapatti and Tandoori chicken delighted me.’
    • ‘I make the chapattis whenever I come home at lunchtime.’
    • ‘We also had Indian food including mangoes, chapattis and poppadoms.’
    • ‘They lived only on chapattis, a flat unleavened bread, for 15 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the sauce is poured over the kebabs, it can be served as the main dish along with naan, roti or chapatti.’
    • ‘Meals consist of milk, dal, chapatis, vegetables and rice.’
    • ‘Eaten with chapati and a trickle of the spicy yoghurt dip, it was a memorable concoction.’
    • ‘Volunteers were serving chapattis, vegetables and sweetened rice to villagers.’
    • ‘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.’


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