How to Cook Chapati in the Microwave

Chapatis can be made in the microwave as well as on the stovetop.

A chapati is a type of unleavened bread originally part of the Indian cuisine. One of many unleavened flatbreads like phulka and paratha, chapati can be made from wheat or all-purpose flour and is traditionally cooked on a griddle or an open flame. When you do not have the luxury of cooking chapatis by one of these methods, you can adapt the recipe to your microwave.

Preparing the Dough

Step 1

Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Slowly add water, kneading the dough with your fingers. Stop adding water when the dough is no longer sticky or crumbling and holds together.

Step 3

Cover the dough and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the cover and make balls of dough the size of golf balls.

Cooking the Chapatis in the Microwave

Step 1

Apply a few drops of oil to your finger tips and flatten the balls of dough with your hands.

Step 2

On a floured surface, roll out each ball of dough into a flat circle, about 2 to 3 millimeters thick.

Step 3

Put each chapati into the microwave separately, covered with a paper towel.

Step 4

Allow it to cook on each side for about 30 seconds.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup flour

  • Tepid water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


Chapati can be served with a variety of curries, yogurt or lentils.