Nutritional Facts of Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe), Calories in Thepla ( Gujarati Recipe)

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How many calories does one Thepla have?

One Thepla gives 120 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 52 calories, proteins account for 9 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 59 calories.  One Thepla provides about 6 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

See thepla recipe Gujarati plain thepla | thepla recipe  | healthy sada thepla |

Gujarati 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 thepla 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 plain thepla 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.

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 diabetichealthyDoodhi 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.

Is Thepla healthy?

Thepla is a Gujrati roti made from whole wheat flour and used extensively as a snack or travelling food. It's healthy, one Thepla is only 120 calories. Thepla is Whole Wheat Flour + Curds + Spices. So thats all good. Safe for all to eat even if you are Diabetic. 

Whole Wheat Flour is far superior to refined flour in making this healthy roti. Just be careful to not have Thepla with pickle. A good combintion is to have Thepla with fresh curds. Whole wheat flour is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food. See detailed benefits of whole wheat flour and why it's good for you.

Curd + Low fat Curds :  Curds help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Probiotics in curds acts as a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if curd is used with rice.They help in weight reduction, good for your heart and build immunity. The only difference between curds and low fat curds is the fat level. Read the benefits of curds to include in your daily diet. 

Can diabetics, heart patients and over weight individuals have thepla ?

Yes, this recipe is good for diabetics, heart and weight loss. Whole wheat flour is excellent for diabetics as they will not shoot up your blood sugar levels as they are a low GI food.  Whole wheat flour is rich in Phosphorus which is a major mineral which works closely with calcium to build our bones.

Can healthy individuals have thepla ?

Yes, this is super healthy. Thepla – A healthy breakfast. 

1.      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 recipe, 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 recipe 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.

What is a healthy accompaniment for Thepla?

Thepla goes great with this homemade curd recipe. If you want, there is also low fat curd recipe option you can use for weight watchers and diabetics .

Basic Homemade Curd, Dahi Or Yogurt

Basic Homemade Curd, Dahi Or Yogurt

Thepla is good for

1. Weight Loss

2. Diabetics

3. Heart Patients

4. Healthy Lifestyle

How to burn 120 calories that come from one Thepla?

Walking (6 kmph)     =         36  mins
Running (11 kmph)     =          12  mins
Cycling (30 kmph)     =         16  mins
Swimming (2 kmph)     =         21  mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per thepla% Daily Values
Energy120 cal6%
Protein2.3 g4%
Carbohydrates13 g4%
Fiber0.4 g2%
Fat6.5 g10%
Cholesterol0.3 mg0%
Vitamin A63.5 mcg1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0.1 mg10%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.8 mg7%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin E
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)6.8 mcg3%
Calcium13.4 mg2%
Iron0.9 mg4%
Magnesium24.9 mg7%
Phosphorus68.7 mg11%
Sodium4.1 mg0%
Potassium60.4 mg1%
Zinc0.4 mg4%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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