Plantain Stuffed Chapati.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I am all about fun, colourful, delicious food, and the more vegetables I can put in, the better.

I like my chapati in all colours and flavours, so long as it is healthy (natural) and delightful to my taste buds.

These chapatis are like aloo paratha, but instead of a mashed potato filling, I made one with spicy steamed ripe plantain.

Can you peep the yellow plantain peeking through?

These delicious and filling chapati are a perfect lunchbox or tea time snack, or even with a delicious stew.

Let’s get started:

You will need 1-2 yellow ripe plantain. Boil or steam the plantain with one teaspoon of mixed spices and some salt and pepper.

I used one large yellow plantain.
This is the mixed spice blend I used this time round. I like it in chapati and vegetable dishes and bakes.
Once the plantain is soft and cooked, drain and set aside to cool down completely.

Move on to the chapati dough…

In a large bowl, mix 1 cup each of besan (chickpea flour), all purpose flour and atta (wholemeal) flour.

I like adding besan flour to my chapati, it makes them softer, adds a yellow tinge and some flavour too.

For the chapati dough, I used 2 tbsp of this coconut oil. Paracahute brand works well too.
To the flour, add one teaspoon each of salt and sugar, and 1 cup of warm water. Knead it all well till it becomes a soft and smooth dough.
Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30-40 minutes.
Once the plantain is cooled down, mash till soft and add a tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves.

Now to make the chapati…

Divide your chapati dough into half, take one half and roll out into a large circle.

Apply a bit of oil, and sprinkle some flour.
Add half of the plantain stuffing, sprinkle a little more flour and roll into a tight jelly roll.
Cut in a similar manner to cinnamon rolls…
Pinch the top of the rolled chapati balls to close them then set aside on a floured surface, Proceed to do the same for the other half of the dough.
These amounts made 14 medium chapatis.

Once done, heat up your chapati pan on medium heat, not too hot.

Roll out each chapati as you make them. You do have to be more careful as they filling will seep out and they may stick to the surface you are rolling out on.
Place chapati on the now heated pan and let it cook on one side till bubbles form or rise, then flip to the other side.

You can either let them cook through and brush with oil after you remove from heat, or add the oil to the pan, like normal chapati.

Can you see the plantain patches on the chapati?
They look, smell and taste so good!
The chapati is soft but flaky, and there are little bits of plantain sweetness in each bite.

You can have them with a stew or curry, or for tea. Or just plain on it’s own. The kids loved them plain, I guess cause of the sweetness of the plantain which blends well with the savory spice and fried bread flavour of the chapati.

They are definitely worth a try!

What flavours do you like adding to your chapati?

Coconut and Pumpkin Chapati.

Everyone has a go to chapati recipe. This is fast becoming one of mine.

If you have been following me for a while now, you know I am no food purist, especially when it comes to chapati. I am all about trying different ideas and flavours. Such as here.

I love pumpkin as it gives a nice flavour and colour, and I prefer it to butternut. I tried it with some coconut and omg! I am in love with the lovely flavour.

Looks, smells and tastes lovely.

So what will you need?

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour.
  • 1 cup of whole wheat (atta flour).
  • Besan flour – 1 cup. ( this is optional, I like mixing it in with my chapati though)
  • 1 small cup steamed and mashed pumpkin.(Tip: add some cinnamon when steaming and thank me later).
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut.
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil.
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  • Salt to taste.

Method.

Mix your flours in a large mixing bowl, and add the desiccated coconut. and oil. Mix till crumbly.

Add the pumpkin purée then half the coconut milk.

Begin to knead well, add any liquid if needed, but knead for about 20 minutes as we do to ordinary chapati dough, till it is smooth, soft and elastic.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for half an hour.

After, roll out and cook the normal way we make chapati, you can use ghee or coconut oil.

This is the coconut oil I used, other times I use the parachute brand.

The chapatis’ aroma is heavenly to say the least.

Serve it up with your favorite curry or stew.

I had mine with a spinach, aubergine and chickpea curry I have already shared here.

As well as with a black bean curry recipe coming soon.

They are great to have with tea too. Or a rolex.

What would you have yours with?