How to make north Indian Phulka (Chapati)

Phulka (Full-Kaa) or a Chapati is the basic Indian tortilla made with wheat flour. Its the staple food in almost all North Indian homes. Its typically a disk shaped tortilla that puffs due to the steam while cooking on the stove. You can make a zillion healthy snack rolls with this. Just make a healthy stuffing, roll it up with the Phulka & munch!

Ingredients (to make 4 Phulkas)

  • Wheat Flour – 2 cups
  • Cooking Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste – 1 teaspoon – optional
  • Water – to knead the dough- 1 cup


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Slowly add water & use your hands to knead a soft dough. The water shouldn’t be too less or more. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
  3. Let it rest for about an hour or more. Keep it covered with a damp cloth.
  4. Make medium sized balls out of the dough.
  5. Take a ball of dough on a falt surface. Dust some some wheat flour on it.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough evenly into a thin, round shape.
  7. Heat a Tawa / flat pan.
  8. Place the Phulka / Tortilla on the pan.
  9. Let it cook on one side for about 20 seconds. (Until the dough is no longer sticky and you can actually move the phulka freely on the pan) Flip over & do the same for the next 20-30 seconds.
  10. Take the phulka & place it directly on the flame. It will puff up beautifully! don’t place it on the flame for more than 5 seconds on each side or it’ll burn.
  11. There you go- Enjoy with pickles, jam or any side dish