Making Kenyan soft layered chapati is a lot of fun but requires time 😉 No wonder many people prefer the direct chapati. Making layered chapati also need some skills to get those layers on the chapatti. One of the amazing things about layered chapati is that they are soft and very tasty. You don’t know how many times I used to make these chapati and they always backfired. For a while, I was stuck to making normal direct chapatis. Fortunately, I didn’t give up 🙂 (You can never give up learning how to make chapati because it requires practice…practice..and patience) and ultimately I learnt how to make delicious and soft layered Chapati aka chapati za ngozi 😉
Although many people avoid making layered chapati because they argue they require a lot of skills and time, the truth is they are not as complicated. The procedure for making layered chapati is similar to making ordinary/direct chapati. However, layered chapati( chapati za ngozi) requires extra time, extra oil and simple skills. Kenyans love chapati because they are always a great accompaniment for tea, soup, stew and vegetables.
To make soft layered chapati the Kenyan way, you need all purpose flour, water, salt, sugar and oil. So, let’s head to the kitchen and make these chapati ( chapos) 😀
Don’t worry if your first time seems too long and complicated. Trust me, during your second or third time, you will notice it’s a very short process.
Ingredients for Kenyan Soft Layered Chapati
3 cups of All Purpose Flour ( not self rising), Plus extra for kneading and dusting
1 ½ cups of warm water
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of sugar
Enough Vegetable oil for frying
Step 1. In a bowl, measure three cups of flour.
Step 2. In another bowl, mix salt, sugar, 2 tbps of oil and 1 cup of water. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolves.
Step 3. Pour the liquid mixture above (step 2) in the flour bowl and mix well. Keep adding the remaining water until the dough becomes soft.
Step 4. Knead the dough for five minutes and add flour if needed.
Step 5. Transfer the dough on a flat surface and continue kneading and adding flour when needed for 10 minutes. Add more flour to make it more thick but not too hard. (I love kneading my dough on a flat space until I have attained the right elasticity).
Step 6. Return the ready chapati dough in a bowl, add some oil and knead to mix it up until it soft and not sticky. Cover the dough and leave it for 40 minutes.
Step 7. After the 40 minutes, divide the dough into 10 to 13 equal parts making ball like shapes. Arrange them in a flat surface dusted with flour.
Step 8. Right away, pick one of the balls and place it on a flat surface.
Step 9. With a rolling pin, roll the ball to a circular shape.
Step 10. Brush the circular chapati with oil on top.
Step 11. At the side that faces you, start folding and rolling the oiled chapati with both hands as if you are rolling a rode away from your direction.
Step 12. Once you have a shape that looks like a rope, create a coil like shape.
Step 13. Make a coiled ball and with your palm, press the ball down to make it flat.
Step 14. Next, with a rolling pin make a circular shape again. (As you can see the image, layers can be seen on the rolled out chapati).
Step 15. In a hot pan, place the rolled out circular chapati and fry each side until its golden brown on medium heat.(Repeat step 8 to 15 until you finish the rest chapati dough balls). Put your cooked chapati in plastic wrap or container and cover. Serve after 20 minutes.
They look Yummy, Don’t they? 🙂 🙂
If you have the time, you can go ahead and separate the layers from the chapati to form many layers……I love doing this 😀