Definition of chapati in English:


(also chapatti)


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

    • ‘A pile of neatly stacked chapatis sits ready for dunking.’
    • ‘Immediately, 10 beggars rush in to enjoy a wholesome meal of vegetable curry and chapatis, rice and dal.’
    • ‘You can serve it with rice or chapatis or nan bread to mop up.’
    • ‘A girl, fully veiled under dark red chiffon, made chapatis over an open fire under a grape vine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She works in nearly 10 homes, making chapatis and doing all other household chores.’
    • ‘It is eaten in the form of flat, unleavened bread called chapatis or roti, together with spiced lentils and vegetables in season.’
    • ‘The meal may include chapati, dal, vegetables and rice pudding.’
    • ‘She began by making samosas, chapatis and other finger foods for a takeaway and soon she had to take on others to help her.’
    • ‘The welcome was exceptional, with warm chapatis and dahl on hand - and, if so desired, a little communal relaxation with the ‘pipe of peace’.’
    • ‘Meals consist of milk, dal, chapatis, vegetables and rice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than a century later Mumbai's middle classes still prefer their chapatis cooked at home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We chose naan bread and a couple of chapatis to accompany our main course.’
    • ‘What family would want a daughter-in-law who can run around kicking football all day but can't make dahl or chapatis?’
    • ‘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 should be speckled with brown, and puff up when turned, but remain soft and pliable - rather like an Indian chapati.’
    • ‘Eaten with chapati and a trickle of the spicy yoghurt dip, it was a memorable concoction.’


From Hindi capātī, from capānā flatten, roll out.