Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
by Tarla Dalal
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Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe | healthy sada thepla | with 19 amazing images.
Gujaratis love plain thepla just as much as a fat kid loves chocolate. Theplas are an inherent part of Gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travelling and for picnics! When you anticipate a busy fortnight, you can make a large batch of plain theplas and keep them in stock and relish with curds and chunda or bateta chips nu shaak.
Sometimes whole jeera or til can be added to enhance the flavour of healthy sada thepla. You can even add other ingredients like methi and doodhi to this recipe, to add more variety to your menu.
With just handful of ingredients that are easily available in our kitchen shelves, this plain thepla is so tasty because of the perfectly flavored dough.
This is the most basic thepla recipe made with minimum and basic ingredients. Preparing this sada thepla doesn't take much time and you can add thepla to your menu when you are bored of having the regular roti or chapati as Gujarati plain thepla can be had with any Indian sabzi. To make plain thepla, take whole wheat flour in a bowl, add oil and curd to it which helps in making the softer. Further, add some spices, turmeric powder for some color and red chilli powder for a hint of spice. Lastly we have added sesame seeds to add a flavor to the thepla you can also skip this step. Mix all the ingredients well and knead into a soft dough. At later stage, add few more drops of oil and knead it properly, cover and keep aside for 10 mins. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions and shape them into round balls. Press them gently between your palms and flatten it to roll out each portion into a 125 mm. (5") diameter circle using whole wheat flour for rolling. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) over medium flame. On the hot tawa, place the rolled circle and cook each circle, using a little oil, till it turns golden brown in colour from both sides on a slow flame. To increase the shelf life of the plain thepla, use lots of oil while cooking; so that they will remain longer. Serve the hot with chunda or sweet mango pickle.
Also, the addition of curd in the dough is skipped while making thepla for travelling. Cool them completely and store them in an air-tight container or cover with an aluminum foil. Be generous with the oil while cooking, or you might end up with dry and hard theplas.
See why we find sada thepla healthy? Made mainly from Whole wheat flour which is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food.
We have a collection of top 10 Thepla Recipes which include Methi Thepla, there is also Methi na Thepla recipe for travellers which are rolled theplas having a shelf life of 7 days, Karela Theplas for diabetic, healthy Doodhi Theplas .
Included are some thepla wraps like Thepla Paneer Wrap and Methi Thepla Wrap made from fresh fenugreek leaves that can be eaten as snacks.
Enjoy Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe | healthy sada thepla | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
- For making the famous gujarati theplas at home, you first have to combine whole wheat flour, oil, curds, turmeric powder, chili powder and salt in a bowl and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water. The addition of curd and oil in the dough results into soft thepla
- Knead the dough well using a little oil. Cover with a lid or a muslin cloth and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Ensure that you are using a wide mouthed bowl which helps in kneading the dough without creating a mess.
- Divide the dough into 14 equal portions and shape them into round balls. Press them gently between your palms and flatten it to roll out each portion into a 125 mm. (5") diameter circle using whole wheat flour for rolling.
- Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) over medium flame. On the hot tawa, place the rolled circle and cook each circle, using a little oil, till it turns golden brown in colour from both sides on a slow flame.
- To increase the shelf life of the thepla, use lots of oil while cooking; so that they will remain soft.
- Serve the gujarati theplas hot with chunda or sweet mango pickle.
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Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe with step by step photos
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In a deep bowl, add the whole wheat flour. All Gujarati plain thepla | theplas | healthy sada thepla | are made with whole wheat flour because they have ample health benefits. You can find out the benefits of whole wheat flour on our website. Use a wide mouthed bowl so that you are able to knead the dough without making a mess.
Add the oil into it. This will also help in preventing the dough from drying out and will make the theplas softer.
Now, we are going to curd into it. Curd makes the theplas soft to eat. You can use low fat curd for this recipe to make it healthier. Check out the recipe for How to make Low fat curd at home on our website.
Now we will add some spices. First, the turmeric powder to give a little color to the theplas.
Next, we add the chilli powder to theplas for the kick of spiciness.
Now, add the salt to taste.
We have also added a tablespoon of sesame (til) to flavour the dough. This step is optional.
Mix all the ingredients by hand first.
Now knead into a soft dough using about 3/4 cup of water. Add more if required. The amout of water depends on the quality of flour used.
Add a few more drops of oil and knead well to smoothen the dough
Cover with a lid and keep it aside for about 10 minutes. This will allow the gluten strands to relax and make the dough more pliable.
Divide the dough into 14 equal portions.
Dip one portion of the dough in flour, shake off the excess flour and flatten it lightly on the rolling board.
Roll it out thinly into a 175 mm. (7”) diameter circle using a little wheat flour for rolling.
Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place the thepla on it.
Flip and cook the other side of the Thepla.
Cook the Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe | healthy sada thepla | till golden brown spots appear on one side.
Apply a little oil and cook for a few more seconds till the Theplas turn golden brown in colour.
Serve the Gujarati plain thepla | thepla | healthy sada thepla | hot with Chunda or sweet mango pickle.
Gujarati plain thepla | thepla | healthy sada thepla | is a nourishing Gujarati breakfast, which makes use of all ingredients, found in most households.
The whole-wheat flour, the main ingredient of this Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe | healthy sada thepla | has good amount of fiber and other micronutrients as compared to maida.
The curd is used here to make the theplas soft and to add a touch of protein and calcium. You can substitute the pickle being served with these theplas with a bowl of homemade curds using cows milk or low fat curds to gain more of these nutrients, which will support bone health.
To make this Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe | healthy sada thepla | heart-friendly breakfast, reduce the amount of oil while kneading the dough to 1 tsp and use minimal oil for cooking.
Diabetics too can follow the same rule of using controlled amounts of oil and have it as a healthy diabetic breakfast recipe. Also add a handful of chopped fenugreek leaves to it to make Methi Thepla. Fenugreek leaves are known to improve glucose and insulin responses.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per thepla
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