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

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!

  • 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


  1. looks great.. drooling here :)

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

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

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

  5. Yummy thepla, thanks for dropping by.

  6. Liked your lauki thepla! glad to follow you. do visit my space in your free time

  7. healthy n yummy...
    happy to follow u..
    would be glad if u follow back :)

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

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

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

  11. New dish to me... Love it

    Event: Dish name starts with P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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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