Chia Chapati

Chia Chapati

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Chia chapati is an Indian flatbread made with 100% whole wheat flour and chia seeds. This is a fantastic option to include whole grains and superfoods into our daily menu. Chia seeds add a nice little crunch. While these chapatis will not be as soft and fluffy as phulkas, their texture and taste make them the perfect flatbread for wraps / frankies that you can use for weekly school lunches, picnics, or a day hike. They can also be used instead of a regular chapati/roti/phulka and paired with your favorite curry dishes. Let’s get to rolling…

WHAT YOU WILL NEED for CHIA CHAPATI

Ingredients

Note: 1 cup = 235 ml

  1. 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour + ¼ cup to dust the dough while rolling
  2. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  3. ¼ tsp. salt
  4. 1 – 1 ½ cups water (start with 1 cup and adjust based on the flour)
  5. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. ¼ cup ghee, melted – optional
Chia Chapati Ingredients

Kitchen Tools

  1. Medium sized bowl
  2. Tea cloth or plate
  3. Rolling pin
  4. Cast iron flat griddle 
  5. Flat flipper spatula or metal tongs

PREPARATION – CHIA CHAPATI (with step-by-step photos)

Step 1 – In a medium sized bowl, mix together 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour, 2 Tbsp. chia seeds, and ¼ tsp. salt. Knead this to a soft dough with hands by adding water little by little. When the dough stops sticking to your hands and to the bowl, you know that it is at the right consistency. This will take about 3 minutes

Step 2  – Using your hands, coat the dough with 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Step 3  – Cover the dough with a tea cloth or place a plate on the bowl and allow it to rest for 1 hour. Resting the dough will yield soft chapatis 

Chia Chapati Dough

Chia needs more time to soften. So unlike regular rotis where ½ hour resting may be enough, you’ll need to double that time here

Step 4 – After the dough has rested, set a cast iron flat griddle on medium heat

Cast Iron Griddle on heat for Chia Chapati

Step 5 – Ensure you have a clean surface – approx. 15” x 15” in size – to roll the chapatis. Sprinkle that surface with a little dry flour and knead the dough for a minute. Then divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each one into the shape of a ball. Press each ball slightly between your palms to flatten it

Step 6 – Dust each flattened dough patty with dry flour and use a rolling pin to make a flat chapati roughly 10 inches in diameter

Step 7 – Place the rolled out chapati on the hot griddle and cook for half a minute. When tiny bubbles appear, flip the chapati with a flat flipper spatula or a metal tong. Flip back and cook on both sides until well done

Adjust the heat every few minutes to avoid burning the chapati

Step 8 – Remove the cooked chapati from the griddle and place it on a paper towel or towel and repeat the process for the other dough patties. Coat the chapatis with a little melted ghee on both sides 

Chia Chapati

Step 9 – Enjoy your sublime chia chapatis with your favorite side dish or make a delicious wrap 😋


Nuts and seeds should be part of your daily diet. My hubby and I love loading our homemade yogurt with chia seeds for a mid morning snack. But it was a challenge to get my kids to savor them on a regular basis. I tried various ways to include chia into kids meals and when I looked at multigrain loaves of sliced bread, I figured I could probably include these in my Indian flatbreads. Thankfully, these chia seed chapatis were an instant hit with my little ones and ever since, there has been no looking back. We roll our chapatis or laccha parathas with chia in them. During the morning rush, I have tried to make these chia seed chapatis without resting the dough and that results in hard and dry chapatis, so I recommend you don’t rush through that step when making these healthy chia chapatis😊


Chia Chapati

Recipe by Sublime RecipesCourse: BreadsCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

Chapatis
Prep Time

1

hour 

5

minutes
Cook Time

10

minutes
Ready In

1

hour 

15

minutes

Chia chapati is an Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour and chia seeds. These whole grain chapatis are a healthy option to our daily menu.
Note: 1 cup = 235 ml

What You Will Need

  • Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour + ¼ cup to dust the dough while rolling

  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • 1 – 1 ½ cups water (start with 1 cup and adjust based on the flour)

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • ¼ cup ghee, melted – optional

  • Kitchen Tools
  • Medium sized bowl

  • Tea cloth or plate

  • Rolling pin

  • Cast iron flat griddle 

  • Flat flipper spatula or metal tongs

Preparation

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour, 2 Tbsp. chia seeds, and ¼ tsp. salt. Knead this to a soft dough with hands by adding water little by little. When the dough stops sticking to your hands and to the bowl, you know that it is at the right consistency. This will take about 3 minutes
  • Using your hands, coat the dough with 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Cover the dough with a tea cloth or place a plate on the bowl and allow it to rest for 1 hour. Resting the dough will yield soft chapatis 

    Chia needs more time to soften. So unlike regular rotis where ½ hour resting may be enough, you’ll need to double that time here
  • After the dough has rested, set a cast iron flat griddle on medium heat
  • Ensure you have a clean surface – approx. 15” x 15” in size – to roll the chapatis. Sprinkle that surface with a little dry flour and knead the dough for a minute. Then divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each one into the shape of a ball. Press each ball slightly between your palms to flatten it
  • Dust each flattened dough patty with dry flour and use a rolling pin to make a flat chapati roughly 10 inches in diameter
  • Place the rolled out chapati on the hot griddle and cook for half a minute. When tiny bubbles appear, flip the chapati with a flat flipper spatula or a metal tong. Flip back and cook on both sides until well done

    Adjust the heat every few minutes to avoid burning the chapati
  • Remove the cooked chapati from the griddle and place it on the tea towel and repeat the process for the other dough patties. Coat the chapatis with a little melted ghee on both sides 
  • Enjoy your sublime chia chapatis with your favorite side dish or make a delicious wrap 😋

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