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Gujarati Methi Thepla- Spiced Indian Flat Bread with Fenugreek Leaves

Written by on June 3, 2022

Gujarati Methi Thepla recipe is one of the many comfort foods to Gujarati’s. If you are on a long-distance train or even on a trekking trip and you spot a Gujarati, you will definitely find them with Theplas.
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Instead of methi leaves, we can add any one of the following to the dough.
  1. One cup grated bottle gourd and 3 tablespoons freshly chopped coriander leaves – It has to be added raw to the dough mixture, since bottle gourd gives out a lot of water when raw, you might want to add a little more flour if required to compensate for the excess water.
  2. One cup of grated white radish and 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander leaves – I like to sauté the radish in 1 teaspoon of oil and ½ teaspoon of turmeric until tender. Once cooled add the sautéed radish and the chopped coriander leaves to the dough mixture and kneads well.
  3. One cup of finely chopped fresh spinach – follow the same instruction as with fenugreek leaves in the recipe
  4. One cup of freshly grated carrots and 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander leaves, following the same instruction as the above recipe.
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Methi Leaves (Fenugreek Leaves),  finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder, (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • Sunflower Oil, for cooking the thepla
  • Salt, to taste
How to make Gujarati Methi Thepla- Spiced Indian Flat Bread with Fenugreek Leaves
  1. To begin making the Gujarati Methi Thepla Recipe, in a large bowl combine the whole wheat flour, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, chilli powder, asafoetida powder, salt and fenugreek leaves.
  2. Add the yoghurt to the flour mixture and knead into a firm smooth dough adding little water only if required. Finally, add two tablespoons of oil to coat the dough and knead until it is firm and smooth.
  3. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes. Preheat the iron skillet to medium heat. Divide the thepla dough into equal portions.
  4. Roll the thepla portions into balls; flatten them with the palm of your hand.
  5. Dust the thepla dough in flour and roll them out into thin circles to approximately 6 inches in diameter. As you roll them out, you can keep dusting the dough in dry flour to prevent sticking when rolling them out.
  6. Continue the same process of rolling the thepla dough out with the remaining balls. It is ideal when you can roll out all portions of thepla dough before you start cooking them.
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Method of Cooking the Thepla
  1. With the skillet on high heat, place the rolled out dough on the skillet. After a few seconds, you will notice small air pockets popping out. At this point flip the methi thepla and smear about 1/2 a teaspoon of oil using a flat spatula and do a light pressing and turning motion to cook the thepla.
  2. Flip the methi thepla to the other side and press and turn in a similar way. You will notice brown spots around the cooked thepla. Remove from heat and place on a flat plate.
  3. Continue the similar process with the remaining rolled out portions and stack the cooked theplas one above the other. Stacking them maintains softness and prevents the methi theplas from drying out, preserving moisture, and keeping their texture super soft.
  4. Note that the theplas are cooked on high heat and hence cook very fast; if you find the high heat inconvenient reduce heat to medium. Make sure you have your exhaust on or windows open, as cooking on high heat on an iron skillet causes a little smoke.
  5. Serve the delicious Gujarati Methi Theplas along with Batata Nu Shaak | Aloo Ki Sabzior just rolled up with Aam Chunda Pickle.

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