Monday, October 15, 2012

Lauki Thepla (Spiced Indian Flat-bread)

Gujarati recipes are always liked by my folks at home. This time around I tried the Lauki theplas.
These theplas are not just tasty but also works very well to fill in your tummy. 

During my school days I have always gorged on the tiffin boxes my Gujarati friends would get & finish it off much before the snack breaks. I classify this as a perfect snack! Works fine for breakfast as well.

I dedicate this post to all my Gujju friends! :)

This is a HIT if you travel long distance by train as this spiced Indian flat-bread remains perfect for long hours. It does not require refrigeration however, if you want to store them at home you are free to refrigerate & re-heat as & when required.






You will need:
  • Lauki (Bottle Gourd) - 1 cup grated
  • Wheat flour - 3 cups
  • Green chillies - 3 finely shredded
  • Ajwain (Carom seeds) - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - about a pinch for coloring
  • Oil - 1.5 tbsp (for kneading)
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Water- as required (for kneading)
  • Oil/Butter/Ghee - for cooking

Method:
Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl & knead them together for about 7 minutes. This will be a hard dough. Should not be very soft. When done, cover with a wet cloth for about 20 mts & then roll out the dough log long & divide into equal portions. 
Now, take a portion & place it on the board & use the rolling pin to roll it round just like any other flat bread. while rolling you may want to sprinkle some flour if it sticks to the board.
Heat a heavy skillet or a tava & place the thepla on this. Cook on medium flame or low flame when required as the lauki needs to be cooked well. Use grease on both sides while cooking & press this thepla so it cooks well. When brown spots appear turn & cook the other side.
Theplas are ready!


Note:
  • You may substitute lauki (bottle gourd) with mooli (radish) or methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • I grated the bottle gourd & sprinled salt over it so it releases all the water content. I drained the water before mixing into the flour. Many people do not drain the water off but it might get very sticky so I avoid doing this
  • You may skip greasing the theplas if you want oil free ones
  • Pickles & green chutney are the perfect accompaniment


25 comments:

  1. looks great.. drooling here :)

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  2. Nice thepla. First time here. Happy to follow

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  3. Luved this one dear. u have a beautiful blog. ?Happy to follow u . Thanks for visiting my space :-)

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  4. gorgeous recipe..thanks for sharing..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  5. Yummy thepla, thanks for dropping by.

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    happy to follow u..
    would be glad if u follow back :)

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  8. Scrumptious thepla...Thanks for lovely words dear and glad to follow you..

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  9. Healthy and delicious.. First time here and following you. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  10. This looks so healthy and yummy. I have an award for you on my blog, please do collect it !

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  11. New dish to me... Love it

    Event: Dish name starts with P

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    1. Hey Akila, look forward to join the event! :)

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  12. awesome thepla...ur 2nd click make me drool here ,crispy flaky thepla with achar n chutney...
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  13. this looks so delicious! i can't wait to check out some more of your recipes!

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  14. Thank you friends for your time & sweet comments :)

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  15. That's an yum recipe....never tried bottle gourd this way....

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  16. seems soo tasty :)
    thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  17. Looks nice. new recipe to me .. will try

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  18. Lauki Thepla is one of my favorites...You've made them perfectly..Looks delicious

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  19. Lauki theplas are one of my favorites...You have made them perfectly...looks delicious

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  20. Looks fabulous. I love to try all kinds of bread and can't wait.
    Barbara Giacometti
    Sunday at the giacometti's

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