July 20, 2008

Methi Thepla

Amma came across this recipe some 10-12 years ago on a Sanjeev Kapoor show. I was at the hostel then and when I went home one weekend, she made these along with a creamy mushroom curry. While, I don't get to eat that mushroom curry much these days, the thepla is a standard feature. And I love it best with this sweet and spicy Gujarati Gorkeri pickle. I haven't bothered to get the exact recipe from Amma or from Sanjeev Kapoor's book. (I'm fairly certain it is in there!), I only know the ingredients.

1 cup Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Besan
1 Ripe Banana, mashed
1 tsp Green Chilli paste
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Cumin-Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
1 cup Fenugreek Leaves, chopped
1/2 cup Curd
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil + oil for frying

Mix all the ingredients, except the oil for frying, together and knead into a dough, adding a litle water if necessary. Allow this to sit for about 15 minutes. Divide the dough into small balls and roll each into a chapati. Heat a tawa and toast evenly on both sides using a little oil. I'd recommend about a half a minute a side on a moderately hot tawa.

The banana offsets the bitterness of the fenugreek and he resulting thepla is not sweet not bitter. This is great for brekfast, lunch, dinner or any of those in between times!


Shreya said...

The thepla looks great! I never knew banana is used:-) And methi is so healthy:-)

Deepa said...

Hey, cool. How long did you toast it on each side, do you suppose? That helps me a lot!! Since I use 100% whole wheat flour, I am sometimes unable to tell if a certain rawness is due to the whole-wheat-ness or if I just didn't cook it enough...

Divya Kudua said...

Thepla loos delicious..never knew banana was added to it..!!I love methi khakras,are these similar to those?Haven't tasted Gorkeri pickle too,always go for the Chundo!!

J said...

Banana, now thats a good idea. I'm admiring the thin thepla you've made, i can only make some thick rotis :)

Anonymous said...

Bananas in thepla! what an innovation! I made methi parathas a few days ago .. just wish your post was earlier... next time will try. :-)

Rajitha said...

seriously!! that thepla looks delicious..the color is just wow!!

Suganya said...

Smita at Smita serves right has a thepla recipe too. I made the dough in food processor. It was easy. I once added leftover cottage cheese. The texture was great.