Lauki Thepla/ Dudhi na thepla is a fantastic pancake.It is basically a lauki ka paratha made by grating bottle gourd instead of stuffing it like potatoes.You can eat it at any time of the day.This ghiya thepla is a light and healthy egg-free pancake. Thepla is a great way of having squash. Serve it with green spicy mint chutney if vegan or with yogurt.
This is a gluten free pancake if you make it with only maize flour. However, you can also mix whole wheat flour if not specific. Adding some wheat flour makes rolling them easier. You can use any flour like maize, sorghum or millet to make this recipe. In winter, just have this with a glass of hot milk. Easy dinner done!
Benefits of Bottle gourd
Some people are not fond of this veggie .They think it should be eaten only when sick. Unknowingly, they push away a great diuretic. Bottle gourd need not be that boring veggie. You can make many beautiful things out of it. Dudhi or ghiya is excellent for digestion. It is also a near substitute of potatoes. A must veggie for diabetics. Also, a must for people watching their weight.
Wonderful lauki recipes
You can even make a party recipe from it like lauki ke kofte. No one will believe it is ghia. It is super yummy. Make simple ghiya sabji or curry with tomatoes or make a lentil based dudhi chana nu shak.You can even make a gluten-free sweet out if it using desiccated coconut or coconut flour, lauki barfi.If you do not get fresh bottle gourd, you can use frozen one. Else you can make a similar paratha from zucchini too.
- maize flour/Makke ka aata or Jowar/Sorghum flour
- Bottle gourd
- minced ginger
- green chilies chopped
- salt as per taste
How do you make lauki thepla?
Store it in refrigerator for 2-4 days.
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Lauki Thepla -bottle gourd flatbread
- 2 cup maize flour/makke ka aata or jowar/sorghum flour
- 1 medium sized Bottle gourd /lauki (2 cups grated gourd)
- 2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon green chilies chopped
- salt as per taste
- Peel and Grate squash coarsely in a bowl with ginger and chillies
- Heat a pan and cook the gourd mix for 10 mins on low flame or until the mix is hot.
- Add the flour and mix it with a spoon as it will be quite hot.
- Knead it into a flour once it has cooled down a bit.
- Take a portion of the dough and roll into a flatbread on a baking paper,you can do this using your hands.
- On a pre-heated iron pan, cook the flatbread with little oil on each side.
- Fresh warm with raita/chutney.
You can omit the use oil, simply use a napkin to roast thepla.
If required, add 2-3 tbsp. water while kneading the dough, only if you do not get enough water from the gourd
While rolling the flat bread, if it gets sticky, use a bit of oil on a baking paper.
No, I taste a bit ( a small bit)) of lauki before preparing to check if its not bitter.If its bitter, its not considered safe to consume.