cha·​pa·​ti | \ chə-ˈpä-tē How to pronounce chapati (audio) \
variants: or less commonly chappati
plural chapatis also chappatis

Definition of chapati

: a round flat unleavened bread of India that is usually made of whole wheat flour and cooked on a griddle

Examples of chapati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen staff piled on the curry, yellow rice, mango chutney, dill raita, chapati bread and roasted chickpeas. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Grab your jammies for an Ikea sleepover in Sweden," 23 Aug. 2019 Stir in the cream and cook for 1 minute, then serve immediately with rice or chapati bread., "Recipe: Quick Mustard Shrimp Curry," 31 July 2019 Lillian Olwa’s carrot and onion chapatis are a nod to her childhood growing up in Uganda. Sarah Henry, Washington Post, "A new wave of immigrant cookbooks celebrates America’s delicious diversity," 27 June 2019 Staples like rice, pasta, eggs, canned fruit and vegetables, and flatbreads (locally known chapati) form the bulk of the ingredients, but a creative chief will find ways to keep the diet interesting. National Geographic, "Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp," 16 May 2019 When their food arrived, the men leaned over the plates and tore into the stacks of chapati. Lauren Markham, The New Republic, "How efforts to block refugees and asylum-seekers from Europe have only made the global migration crisis more complex and harrowing," 26 Feb. 2018 Find an entire aisle of rice, another of spices and starches, an impressive selection of frozen naan, chapati and paratha, dry goods, frozen foods, beauty products, incense, housewares, ice creams and more. Samantha Bakall | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "The 10 Asian grocery stores worth the cross-town drive," 24 Oct. 2017 Steps from the University of Minnesota campus, Afro Deli serves cheeseburgers, quesadillas, and other fast-casual fixtures alongside sambusas and chapati wraps. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of chapati

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chapati

Hindi capāti & Urdu chapātī

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“Chapati.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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