Methi thepla- fenugreek flatbread is a signature Gujarati dish. It is a thin Gujarati roti recipe which is quite tasty. Generally, Gujarati community is vegetarian. Eating greens help them with iron. Recipe for thepla is traditionally slightly sweet. However, I do not add extra sugar in the bread. We eat it generally with some pickle. You can find this popular recipe everywhere in kirana stores. Mostly made by gruhudyog. These are run by ladies from a weak economic background.
Methi breakfast recipes are quite healthy as it is iron-rich too. You can make it in advance on weekend for a hectic week ahead. Generally, stays long and tasty. It serves you as a go to breakfast or snack whenever you are hungry instead of eating junk. You can also make Gujarati thepla for travel and eat while you await reaching your destination. I loved eating them during my train journeys. We travelled for 24+ hours and this helped us avoid market based oily food. If you do not have fresh methi leaves, you can also make kasoori methi thepla instead.
Nutrition benefits of Fenugreek
- It is rich in iron like all other greens. Great for vegans and vegetarians who avoid meat, fish and eggs.
- Lactating mothers must have fenugreek in their diet. This helps produce more milk. Post delivery many things are restricted. Mostly women are advised to eat bland food. Avoid gassy vegetables to aid digestion during breastfeeding. However, this is recipe which is both healthy and tasty.
- It is good for diabetics
- Fenugreek promotes hair health.
Note: Please check with doctor before adding this to your diet during pregnancy.
What to eat with methi thepla?
You can eat it with pickle especially mango pickle or tomato chutney. You can even pair it with some tomato ketchup or fried potatoes. If you are not vegan, eat it with some yogurt dip or raita. Best paired with chunda or launji traditionally.
- chopped methi or fenugreek leaves
- atta or wholemeal flour
- til or sesame seeds
- adrak mirchi/ginger-chilli paste
- chilli powder
- jeera or cumin seeds
- sugar optional
- Salt as per taste
Learn how to make theplas in simple steps below.
- Mix all ingredients with oil and water to knead a semi hard dough.
- Keep the dough aside for 30 minutes, cover with a kitchen towel.
3. Roll into thin flatbreads.
4. Cook on a tava/griddle with little oil on both sides.
Read the recipe of Methi thepla below:
Methi thepla recipe
- 1 cup chopped methi or fenugreek leaves
- 2.5 cup atta or wholemeal flour
- 2 tablespoon til or sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon adrak mirchi/ginger-chilli paste
- ½ tablespoon red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon jeera or cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon sugar optional
- ¼ cup oil
- Salt as per taste
- In a bowl, add all dry ingredients to wholemeal flour.Mix well.
- Add little oil to it.
- Knead a dough with little water to make a slightly soft dough.It should not be sticky.
- Take small amounts of dough a palm and make round size balls.
- Apply little oil on rolling pin so that dough does not stick while making thepla.
- Make thin flatbreads using rolling pin.
- Heat a non-stick pan,add little oil to it after placing the flatbread.
- Cook evenly on both sides by adding a ¼ teaspoon oil after flipping over.
- Serve hot with mango pickle or tomato chutney and dry potato curry.
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Yes we can.
Yes, it is rich in iron. However, one must control oil in the thepla
yes, I swear by methi benefits for hair. Soaked and ground fenugreek seeds make an excellent hair pack. Wash it after 20 mins of application.
Plant some methi dana (generally available in any grocery store as spices) or fenugreek seeds in soil. Water them daily, it comes up in around 2 weeks.
You can make palak thepla or spinach flatbread if you do not have fenugreek at home.Use amaranth/chaulai/ lal saag in same manner as fenugreek leaves.You can use various veggies to make different types of flatbread like grated bottle gourd to make lauki thepla recipe.
You can make recipe of thepla using kasoori methi or dried fenugreek leaves. You may also use frozen methi leaves if available.
Store the dough for 2-3 days in refrigerator. Make fresh before eating. Once thepla is made it lasts 1-3 days depending on climate.
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