THEPLA is a favourite with all INDIANS not only Gujaratis!!!
THEPLAS can be called the Flavoured Flatbreads originating from the NorthWestern state of INDIA——– GUJARAT
Being a Gujarati myself, I ave always seen THEPLAS being made at home in batches as they can be stored in the refrigerator for almost 10 days & more in cooler places. Mothers usually pack this Healthy bread/roti/paratha for their children travelling or going someplace else to study in huge numbers which when freezed can be really consumed for a long time, just microwave them for about a minute & they are ready to eat.
I Am sharing my THEPLA Recipe coming down from Genrations; This has wholewheat flour, bajri (millet) flour but you can use only wheat flour if u like, or 1 portion of wheat flour with 1/4 portion of chickpea (besan) flour, Again I have used Fresh Fenugreek leaves but if unavailable, you can use fresh coriander leaves; but the other ingredients stay the same.
1 cup Whole Wheat flour
1/2 cup Bajri Flour
1 cup fresh fenugreek leaves chopped
1/2 cup curds / yoghurt (little sour)
1 cup water approximately
2 tsp oil
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp aesofoetida (hing powder)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
oil for cooking theplas on a Tawa / Frying pan/ Griddle
Take all the ingredients except the water in a broad bottomed bowl & mix together very well with your hands till it gets a crumbly texture, now add the water & make a soft dough, if u need take a little more water but see to it that your dough does not get runny.
Make small evensized balls of the dough & roll them out like thin parathas using a little dry wheat flour, heat the Tawa/ frying pan/ griddle, put the rolled out dough on it & cook on both sides till brown spots appear, now add a little oil (around half a spoon) & cook the thepla again on both sides till it is well cooked but not crisp.
Theplas taste the best when they are just out of the griddle & HOT, have them with some fresh curds or a pickle of your choice, WE usually have them with CHUNDA which is a famous Gujarati pickle, its sweet & sour made with raw mangoes.
If you want store theplas in a ziplock bag in the freezer in batches of ten & they will stay for a long time or if you just refrigerate them, they will stay good for almost a week as i have mentioned earlier.
SO, Try this Great Recipe & HAPPY COOKING as always!!!!!!!!!!!!