Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)

Theplas are an inherent part of gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travelling and for picnics! eaten with curds and chunda, theplas can be enjoyed hot or otherwise.

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थेपला - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe) in Hindi) 

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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 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 theplas. 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, these delightful Indian bread recipes are so tasty because of the perfectly flavored dough.

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.

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 how to make the Gujarati Thepla recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

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Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe - How to make Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 14 theplas
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For The Theplas
2 cups whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp curd (dahi)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) for rolling
oil for kneading and cooking

For Serving With The Theplas
chunda or sweet pickle
For the theplas

    For the theplas
  1. For making the famous gujarati thepla 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 remai
  5. Serve the theplas hot with chunda or sweet mango pickle.

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For the Theplas:

  1. 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.
  2. Add the oil into it. This will also help in preventing the dough from drying out and will make the theplas softer.
  3. 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.
  4. Now we will add some spices. First, the turmeric powder to give a little color to the theplas. 
  5. Next, we add the chilli powder to theplas for the kick of spiciness. 
  6. Now, add the salt to taste.
  7. We have also added a tablespoon of sesame (til) to flavour the dough. This step is optional.
  8. Mix all the ingredients by hand first. 
  9. 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. 
  10. Add a few more drops of oil and knead well to smoothen the dough
  11. 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.
  12. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions.
  13. Dip one portion of the dough in flour, shake off the excess flour and flatten it lightly on the rolling board. 
  14. Roll it out thinly into a  175 mm. (7”) diameter circle using a little wheat flour for rolling. 
  15. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and place the thepla on it. 
  16. Flip and cook the other side of the Thepla.
  17. Cook the  Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe  | healthy sada thepla |  till golden brown spots appear on one side.
  18. Apply a little oil and cook for a few more seconds till the Theplas turn golden brown in colour.
  19. Serve the  Gujarati plain thepla | thepla  | healthy sada thepla |  hot with Chunda or sweet mango pickle.

Thepla - A healthy breakfast

  1.  Gujarati plain thepla | thepla  | healthy sada thepla |  is a nourishing Gujarati breakfast, which makes use of all ingredients, found in most households. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.

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Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 02 May 18 04:53 AM

When I make thepla it becomes very crisp like Khakhra I do not understand where I m going wrong .please guide me Regards Mita
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Mita, make sure you are adding oil to the dough and kneading it very well. Kneading is very important for the theplas to be soft.
02 May 18 09:32 AM
Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 18 Apr 17 08:31 PM

Hello could you please suggest some gujrati vegetables dishes that i can prepare for guests during puja ceremonies.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Veena, Below are the recipes
18 Apr 17 09:46 PM
Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 18 Apr 17 08:26 PM

Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 23 Aug 16 06:57 PM

very tasty recipe....thepla is my top favourite...??
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Swati , we are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
24 Aug 16 12:05 PM
Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 01 Mar 16 02:23 PM

I like thepla but I want to courier thepla in USA to my son.that why I want that recipe of theplawhich eat more days keep in freez
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Maya, This recipe is using curds which doesnt make it lasts longer. After receiving your query, we have tried the theplas that will lasts longer in the fridge, we have kept them aside to see the exact time duration that the theplas will lasts for. We will get back to you for the same shortly.
02 Mar 16 05:17 PM
Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 24 Jan 16 12:43 PM

I tried your thepla recipe it turned out very taste. Thank u so much . I would like to try some vegetables dishes also .
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Anupama. Delighted to hear that the thepla recipe worked for you. Keep trying new recipes and posting your comments. We would love to hear from you.
25 Jan 16 11:48 AM
Theplas ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 05 Mar 12 09:25 PM

 on 14 Feb 11 05:44 PM

Very healthy combination of whole wheat flour with dahi. I love to eat Theplas once in a while!!!