Chapati, an Indian flat bread made daily in almost all Indian households. Some make a bit different form of flat breads called rotis or even phulkas. Here only the thickness and manner of rolling the flat breads or roasting may differ a bit. But the basic ingredients remain the same. Mainly, chapatis are made of whole wheat flour and are eaten with vegetables, daal or even chutneys or pickles.

Sometimes, a few chapatis may be leftover. They can be reheated and consumed the next day as they do not turn stale immediately. But there is always a lack of freshness in this case. I personally don’t like having a leftover chapati for lunch! But then I am totally against wasting food.

If there’s just one left, I like making a khakraa out of it by roasting it on the griddle using homemade ghee, till crisp and having it with tea instead of biscuits! But what do you do when more than two chapatis are left?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe to use these leftover chapatis, which my mom would make for me. We can temper the leftover chapatis with green chillies and onions to make a deliciously healthy and wholesome breakfast dish.

For more such wholesome dishes do give a try to….

1) Paneer Soy Broccoli Pockets or

2) Sweet Potato Corn Chaat


  • 3 leftover chapatis
  • 2 Small Onions
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 Sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar….. to be adjusted
  • 2 tbs Oil
  • Salt to taste

For Garnishing :

  • Fresh Coriander Leaves
  • Fresh Grated Coconut


  1. To make the phodnichi chapati, tear the leftover chapatis with your fingers roughly into about one inch uneven pieces.
  2. Chop the onions finely and the green chillies into medium pieces.
  3. In a kadhai, heat oil and add the mustard seeds. As soon as they splutter add the asafoetida. Now add the chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Saute.
  4. Add the chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Saute and cover and cook till onions are translucent.
  5. Add the turmeric powder and mix. When the onions are soft and cooked, add sugar and mix.
  6. Add the torn chapati pieces and salt to taste. Mix well.
  7. Serve hot garnished with fresh grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.


Chapatis tempered in this way, taste delicious. Here I have shown the basic method of making this dish. If desired, make this dish more nutritious by adding vegetables like chopped carrots and fresh green peas to the onions and cook before adding the chapati pieces. Do try any other variation as per likes.

Instead of having any junk food for breakfast or tiffins, this tempered chapati is indeed a very healthy option!

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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