COOKING KENYAN CHAPATI…chapos (Kenyan tortillas)


A favorite dish to many Kenyans, and can be eaten with a variety of stews. My favorite being a chicken stew and steamed cabbage. As usual its my mom’s food I long for but I just can not create an amazing duplicate. Chapati is a carbohydrate and can be fatty, so if you are counting carbs, this meal may not just be for you. However, the taste will override the carbs for me anytime. I asked her for her recipe, and here it is:

INGREDIENTS: (serves 3)

  • 3 1/2 wheat flour (all purpose flour)
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • 10 table spoons of cooking oil, preferably olive oil. (feel free to use whichever oil you have)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • A rolling pin
  • aluminum foil
  • cooking pan


  • Mix 2 1/2 cups of the all purpose flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the water slowly while mixing with the flour to form a thick ( but not hard)dough.
  • Move dough to a flat surface for kneading.
  • Add 2 table spoons of cooking oil to the dough to provide the right elasticity.
  • Cover the dough with aluminum foil for 20-30 minutes to allow it to soften enough for rolling.
  • Roll the dough into balls. The number of balls you make dictates the number of chapatis you get.
  • Heat the pan.
  • Spread the balls with the rolling pin to get the desired shape (preferably circular, but who is judging, do the best you can my friend. Life is hard enough to stress about the shape of your chapatis, so long as they are edible).
  • Fry the chapati on the already heated pan, adding little oil to make them golden brown without sticking to the pan or getting burnt.
  • Turn the other side and do the same.
  • When the chapati is ready, put in a dry container and cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Serve with meal of your choice.

If kneading is not done well you will end up with extremely hard chapatis, so take your time and make the dough as soft as you possibly can. I have not estimated a cooking and preparation time, take as much time as you need to make your perfect chapatis. Good luck. Send me pictures of your yummy chapatis on all my online sites above. Would love to see your handy work. For other Kenyan dishes to try go KENYAN DISHES: Food after my own taste buds.

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