Einkorn Sourdough Chapatis {Indian Flatbread}

Chapatis are traditional Indian flatbread -- perfect for dipping in soups and stews or eating alongside salad! Here's how to make a super nourishing and easy version with ancient einkorn and sourdough starter!

Course Breads
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 31 minutes
Servings 6 chapatis
Author Wardee Harmon



At least 7 hours before...

  1. Combine flour, sea salt, olive oil, sourdough starter, and water in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix to get all the flour wet, and at the end when it gets harder to handle, you can switch to your hands. You should have a shaggy dough; don’t worry about it being smooth or anything.
  3. Put it back in the bowl and let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes while the flour absorbs the water. Cover with a tea towel.
  4. Then sprinkle a little flour on a clean counter top and start kneading the dough. It should be a little sticky, but if it’s too sticky to work, you can sprinkle a little flour on the counter top.
  5. Knead for 5 minutes, until you have a smooth dough.
  6. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the mixing bowl.
  7. Put your dough ball inside and turn over to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit out in a room temperature location for 7 to 8 hours or overnight.

To cook...

  1. When you’re ready to begin cooking them, heat up one or two cast-iron skillets over medium heat. You’ll be adjusting the heat as you go; you always want them hot but not quite smoking.
  2. Uncover the dough and pull apart into 6 pieces. A good way to do this is to break it in half and then pull each half into 3 equal size balls. Put them back in the bowl and keep lightly covered so they don’t dry out.
  3. Sprinkle flour on a clean countertop.
  4. Grab a ball of dough and roll into smooth ball. Then press it flat in the flour, turn it over, and coat the other side with a bit of flour. Then start rolling it into a circle that’s about 6 inches wide and 3/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick.
  5. When that one is done, set it aside and begin rolling out another. You’re going to continue rolling them out as you can while they’re cooking.
  6. When the skillet is hot and almost smoking, it is ready. Put a chapati on the dry skillet. Let it cook a minute or two, until it begins to bubble up. Flip it over.
  7. While it’s still in the skillet, spread a pat of butter on the cooked side (you can take off any extra).
  8. When the bottom side has cooked, another minute or so, flip it onto a waiting baking tray and spread butter on that second side.
  9. Repeat with all chapatis until they’re all done.
  10. If you’re not quite ready to serve, put them in a warm oven (or you can use a clay tortilla keeper). They are best served fresh. Stack them up on a platter and let everyone dig in.
  11. Store leftovers in an airtight container; reheat by warming up each side on a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Or freeze for later! This recipe easily doubles or triples.