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Spelt Chapati – Simple Indian Flatbread

Recipe for an easy-to-make and delicious Spelt Chapati. It’s an Indian flatbread, with basic ingredients, baked in a hot pan. No oil, no yeast & vegan. My version is with 100% spelt flour.

Spelt Chapati - Simple Indian Flatbread |

I love all kinds of Indian curries and of course, there’s no curry for me without a naan or other Indian flatbread.

Usually, chapatis (unlike naans, are made without yeast) are made out of Atta, which is a super fine ground whole wheat flour but I’ve used spelt flour because I had that one at home. I added some white sesame seeds on top of the chapatis and sprinkled it with a little bit of salt.

The Spelt Chapati is vegan (obviously), but also oil-free and yeast-free!

Serve it with …

It was the perfect addition to Dal Makhani, but would be awesome for many other curries as well like Palak Tofu (or the quick and dirty version) or a Falafel Curry.

Spelt Chapati - Simple Indian Flatbread |

When I published the 4-Ingredient Naan recipe I’ve been asked a lot if it would be possible to leave out the white flour and sub it with any other flour. Well yes, you can! It just needs a bit of adjustment of the flour-water-ratio and you’re good to go.

However, I found that chapati would be the more suitable name, as it contains no yeast and because of that needs less time to make it. I’ve let the dough rest for a bit, to make it easier to work with, but it’s still much quicker than waiting for the yeasty dough to rise.

Spelt Chapati - Simple Indian Flatbread

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for an easy-to-make and delicious Spelt Chapati. It's an Indian flatbread, with basic ingredients, baked in a hot pan. No oil, no yeast & vegan. My version is with 100% spelt flour.
4.59 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Servings 2 flatbreads
Calories 82 kcal


  • 1/3 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + more to sprinkle above
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds (optional)


  • Add the spelt flour in a big mixing bowl, add the salt and mix. Slowly add the water little by little until you can form a smooth dough. You might not even need all of the water given in the ingredients.
  • Either mix and knead with your hands until a smooth dough forms or use a kitchen machine with a knead hook. (You may have to double or triple the amounts for a machine to work properly).
  • Let the dough rest in the bowl covered by a clean kitchen towel for about half an hour.
  • Divide the dough in two equally large parts and roll them out on a floured surface.
  • You can sprinkle sesame seeds and a pinch of additional salt over the flatbreads and lightly roll the seeds into the dough with the rolling pin.
  • Heat a crepe pan (or another really flat pan) super hot (as hot as possible).
  • Place one chapati after another in the hot crepe pan and let it cook for about 1/2 a minute on each side.
  • Serve & enjoy :)


Calories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gSodium: 292mgFiber: 2gIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 6th of April 2024

Unfortunately this recipe didn't work well for me... I went by the quantities for 6 and followed the instructions exactly as stated. Not only did it not make enough for 6, more like 4 very small ones, they were incredibly dry and difficult to roll out. Gutted, as I was looking forward to these turning out well.. ☹️


Monday 16th of January 2023

Where do I get the Himalayan black salt to buy?


Thursday 2nd of December 2021

What's spelt flour called in Hindi? Can't seen to find it in local shops🙈


Sunday 2nd of May 2021

I can only find white spelt flour in my local shop. Will this work? Looking forward to trying the recipe.


Thursday 24th of September 2020

Is it possible to sprout spelt grains before and mix it with the Ingredients?