Chapati is a staple food in many parts of South Asia. The name chapati comes from a Hindi word meaning "slap" or "flat." The name describes the old method of preparation, in which dough would be slapped between the palms to get a flat round disc.
Rainbow chapati is made with spinach, carrot, and beetroot. If your kids are picky eaters who won't eat their veggies, you can try this recipe to include these vegetables in their diet. The chapati is very colorful and attractive—even adults will appreciate its beauty.
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4 servings (two chapatis per serving)
- 2 large carrots, peeled
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 beetroot, peeled
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/4 cup ghee (optional)
- 3-4 green chillies (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ginger (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder (optional)
- 3 cups atta (wheat flour or all-purpose flour)
Tips and Tricks
- Don't add too much water while kneading the dough. You don't want to add any more dry flour than necessary.
- Don't rest the dough for too long. This will lead to the dough becoming too soft because of the moisture of the puree.
Step 1: Make Three Different Purees
- Take the carrots, peel them, and blend them until smooth with the optional grated ginger.
- Blanch the spinach and allow it to cool. Blend it with the green chilies into a smooth puree.
- Blend the beetroot with the optional cumin powder to make a soft paste.
Step 2: Make Three Different Doughs
- In a kneading bowl, add 1 cup of atta, 1/2 tablespoon salt, and the carrot puree. Mix everything gently and knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until it becomes soft.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon oil, and knead it again for 1 minute. Transfer it to another bowl and cover with a damp cloth.
- Repeat the same process with spinach puree and the beetroot puree. Rest all 3 doughs for 15-20 minutes.
Step 3: Make the Chapati
- Take a small portion from each of the three different doughs and make three balls.
- Take each ball and roll it in between your palms to form a tube-like structure.
- Attach the three different doughs into one to make different formations. You should see marbling effects.
- Roll out the dough into a chapati with the help of a rolling pin by adding dry flour.
- Heat a flat pan or skillet on medium flame.
- Place the chapati on the skillet and roast it on both sides by applying ghee.
- Enjoy your rainbow chapati with curd or pickle.
Please do try and let me know how it is in the comments section below.
Virginia Kearney on August 21, 2020:
What a wonderful recipe for a party! Thanks for this idea.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 08, 2020:
I like the sound of your recipe. The chapati looks very colourful and attractive. I'd love to taste it.
Liza from USA on May 08, 2020:
The last time I had chapati was in Malaysia. However, I never had a rainbow chapati. I bet it tastes delicious too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Priya.