African Recipes

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African recipes are derived from ancient cultures and people who lived on the earth thousands of years ago. Give this recipe a try to have a small taste of how life was lived in those ancient times.

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East African Chapati

From Africa


  • 2 c. white flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • water, as needed (about 1/4 c.)
  • 1 tbsp. shortening or cooking oil


  1. Mix together flour and salt. Add 1 tbsp. vegetable oil and mix with your hands.
  2. Slowly add some water and knead it in, adding more as needed until elastic dough is formed.
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. With your hand, flatten 1 dough ball into a circle on a lightly floured surface and spread 1/2 tsp. oil over it. Roll it up like a jellyroll, then roll it up again so it resembles a snail shell. Repeat for each piece
  4. Let dough rolls sit at least 20 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
  5. With lightly floured rolling pin, flatten balls into 10-inch circles.
  6. Heat shortening or cooking oil in a frying pan, then add a dough circle. Fry, turning once, until each side is golden brown and spotted, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat for each piece.