Gujarati Thepla Recipe – Indian Fenugreek Flat Bread

by maria updated June 13, 2012

Gujarati Thepla Recipe , Cook Gujarati Thepla Recipe , Authentic Gujarati Thepla Recipe : What is Gujarati Thepla ? Gujarati Thepla is a flat Indian Bread made of whole wheat + Gram flour + some Indian spices + fenugreek leaves. Theplas reign from Gujarat and is their staple diet. Theplas are healthy and are great to carry in lunch boxes, while trekking, travelling Or eat at home.

What is Gujarati Thepla ? Gujarati Thepla is a flat Indian Bread made of whole wheat + Gram flour + some Indian spices + fenugreek leaves. Theplas reign from Gujarat and is their staple diet. Theplas are healthy and are great to carry in lunch boxes, while trekking, travelling Or eat at home.

Gujarati Thepla Recipe

Tried for the first time Thepla trust me they are soft, healthy, tasty and goes well with veggies Or gravies. I just applied some butter to my Gujarati Thepla and had with hot cup of Cardamom tea :) They are just yummy and I can go on and on with them. My hubby also loves Theplas he took some today in lunch box too.

Gujarati Thepla Recipe

Theplas can be clubbed with yogurt, raita, pickles, vegetables, chutney and curries. We had yesterday vegetable pilaf, theplas, okra vegetable and some papad fries. Today I made Bottlegourd fritters, Tomato Chutney, Green Chana Curry and some hot Bhakris. My mouth is watering can’t resist to have dinner today I am sure yours too watering ;)

Unfortunately I didn’t get time to click snaps for Tomato Chutney. I will surely click pics the next time I make. Honestly I am only cooking and cooking from past few days post a tragic incident which took place in my life. But I have recovered from it thanks to my family, friends and hubby for helping me to come out of it.

Anyways as of now surely make these hot theplas !

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 6 to 7 people

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups wheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup besan (gram flour)
  3. 3 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) + 5 tbsp more for frying them
  4. 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves
  5. 1 tbsp salt
  6. 2 tbsp red chili powder
  7. 1 t/s turmeric (haldi)
  8. 1 tbsp coriander seed powder
  9. 100 ml yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup water
  10. 1 tbsp cumin seed powder
  11. 1 tbsp fennel seed powder (optional)
  12. 2 tbsp water
  13. 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional
  14. 1 tbsp black salt
  15. 1 t/s asofoetida (hing)

Method:

  • First pluck fenugreek leaves and discard their stems. Wash and keep them aside.
  • Sift dry ingredients that is wheat flour, gram flour and all spices except clarified butter, yogurt and water.
  • Mix yogurt with water. Give a nice whisk to it. Now add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
  • Start kneading the mixture. Use all your stamina to knead the dough. Press towards back to fro with your knuckles and palm. Now add 3 tbsp clarified butter to the dough and knead until smooth and soft. Use more flour if the dough is sticky. If the dough is too dry add little more clarified butter to it.
  • Now leave the dough to rest for 10 mins. Make small balls about 2 inches. Roll them into round Or oval shapes.
  • Take a pan place on high fire. Ensure the pan is hot then reduce the fire. Now place the flat bread on the got griddle Or pan. Once the roti (bread) has small brown dots. Place the other side of the bread. Smear ghee on them and fry them until they cook nicely. Ensure the bread is brown and cooked from both sides.
  • You could use a spatula to fry them. Serve hot with yogurt, pickles etc.

Tip:

  1. Ginger- garlic paste is optional.
  2. Fennel seed powder gives a nice taste but you could skip it.
  3. Ensure the pan is nicely heated before you fry them.

Enjoy Gujarati Thepla!

The printable version below:
Gujarati Thepla Recipe – Indian Fenugreek Flat Bread

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6 to 7 people

Gujarati Thepla Recipe – Indian Fenugreek Flat Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 3 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) + 5 tbsp more for frying them
  • 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 t/s turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed powder
  • 100 ml yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed powder
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional
  • 1 tbsp black salt
  • 1 t/s asofoetida (hing)

Instructions

  1. First pluck fenugreek leaves and discard their stems. Wash and keep them aside.
  2. Sift dry ingredients that is wheat flour, gram flour and all spices except clarified butter, yogurt and water.
  3. Mix yogurt with water. Give a nice whisk to it. Now add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
  4. Start kneading the mixture. Use all your stamina to knead the dough. Press towards back to fro with your knuckles and palm. Now add 3 tbsp clarified butter to the dough and knead until smooth and soft. Use more flour if the dough is sticky. If the dough is too dry add little more clarified butter to it.
  5. Now leave the dough to rest for 10 mins. Make small balls about 2 inches. Roll them into round Or oval shapes.
  6. Take a pan place on high fire. Ensure the pan is hot then reduce the fire. Now place the flat bread on the got griddle Or pan. Once the roti (bread) has small brown dots. Place the other side of the bread. Smear ghee on them and fry them until they cook nicely. Ensure the bread is brown and cooked from both sides.
  7. You could use a spatula to fry them. Serve hot with yogurt, pickles etc.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

rabia September 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

hi,
i have tried making it . but its always comes out dry and not soft . especially when i make it with bajra flour . i hav used bajra flour and gram flour and reguar flour together but it comes out dry and hard. not soft can u plz tell me wht i am doing wrong. thnkx

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maria September 5, 2012 at 4:16 am

Thanks Rabia for coming here :) dyrness can be because of lack of water content Or moisture in the dough. Try using warm water for kneading the dough also don’t add oil in the dough. If you add too much oil the dough will get dry and hard. Also when you roll them don’t make the roti very thin else it will harden while roasting them. Add little bit of ghee once your rotis are done. This will help your rotis to soften. Also note your dough should be smooth, soft and not dry and hard. Hope these tips help you :)

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Richa@HobbyandMore June 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

hi Maria! The theplas look amazing. One of my fave foods:) love the first picture!

Thanks for the submission to http://veganchutney.com ! Its a Indian Vegan food photo gallery to help with special diet restrictions. The theplas use non vegan ingredients .yogurt and ghee , so they cant be published. Please do submit some other already vegan entries from the archives!:) Thanks once again!

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maria June 22, 2012 at 5:27 am

Sure Richa how could I do that … will surely keep in mind and post only vegan recipes ….thanks a ton take care!

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annchitale@yahoo.com June 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Maria:
You can make these Theples even more nutritive by adding Bajri flour, Raggi flour plus whole wheat and besan flour. If you can’t find fresh fenugreek leaves, use chopped spinach or mustard greens.
I always make my garlic, cilantro chilies paste ahead of time and freeze it. then its easy to use.
Just call me and we can make it together.

Ann Chitale

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maria June 16, 2012 at 4:46 am

Thanks Anna so much :) where do you stay so I can call you while I make them ;)

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sara June 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Wow, this flatbread looks so tasty! :)

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maria June 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Sara :)

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alyce culinary thymes June 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I love the texture of flatbreads like this. Looks delish.

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maria June 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Yeah Alyce this flat bread tasttes yum, crisp and soft. DO try them for sure!

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

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maria June 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks DB :)

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suhani June 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

lovely simple crisp and tasty..will try it soon

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maria June 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thanks Suhani :)

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Richa@HobbyandMore June 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

That thepla looks perfect. i remember gorging on so many during train travels:)

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maria June 15, 2012 at 4:28 am

Thanks Richa :)

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renu June 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

They are so tempting.. i love theplas but have never made them at home.. but now i am going to make it.. sorry for tuffy’s loss.. I have selected you for an award just to cheer you up and for the wonderful recipes you share..Do check out my blog for details of your award…:)

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maria June 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Renu thanks :)

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sunita sil June 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hi Maria

My mouth is watering already, when will i leave office and go home, just 2 days back my aunt has come from mumbai and i told her to get me readymade packets of thepla but unfortunately thanks to the weather it got spoilt and i was so depressed, but u actually heard me out it seems and i love you for this, thanks so much maria. thanks so much

Take care
lv Sunita

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maria June 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

You are welcome Sunita :) do make them soon and fulfill your desire !

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Tina@flourtrader June 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

That close-up is sure bringing me some hunger pangs! This looks so deliciously toasty and flavorful. You did a wonderful job and I hope you made a lot, for they look like they would disappear quickly-yum!

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maria June 14, 2012 at 4:01 am

Tina you are right it got over in a jiffy :) will surely make more next time!

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