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A chapati or roti is an Indian bread made from a dough[?] of atta[?] (whole durum[?] wheat flour), water and salt by rolling it out into discs of approximately 12 cm diameter and browning it on both sides on a very hot, dry cast-iron griddle or frying pan. It is then held very briefly (ca. 0.5 s) directly into an open flame, causing it to puff up with steam like a blowfish.

Often, the finished chapatis are brushed with ghee. Variations include replacing part of the wheat flour with millet or corn (maize) flour.

Chapatis are usually eaten with cooked dal or vegetable dishes, using the chapati to wrap around and pick up each bite of the cooked dish.

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