Gujarati Snacks are a great delight, as they are simple, can be prepared with readily available ingredients, and are always served hot.
One such healthy and favourite snack among Gujarati's are ''Theplas'' a form of Parathas / Flat breads. Theplas are a versatile flat breads, they can be served as morning or afternoon snacks and can be accompanied with any Sabji (vegetables) or gravy for lunch and dinner.There are variety of Theplas like Methi Thepla, Dudhi Thepla, Mooli Thepla, Masala Thepla....the list goes on, but my personal favourite is Dudhi Na Thepla means Thepla made from Lauki or Bottlegourd. Dudhina Thepla are soft compared to other theplas. One can store theplas for a week, that's the reason you will find every Gujarati carrying a packet of Theplas while traveling a long distance journey in Train.
1 Cup of Grated Dudhi / Lauki / Bottlegourd
2 Cups of Wheat flour
1 Tablespoon Ajwain
1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 Teaspoons Coriander and Cumin powder
1 Teaspoon red chilly powder
1 Tablespoon of Green Chilly paste
1 Teaspoon of Ginger paste
Salt as per taste
1. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the cup of grated dudhi / lauki and keep aside for 15 minutes. Then squeeze the grated dudhi in between your fingers and palm and squeeze out water from the vegetable.
2. Now take wheat flour, add salt as per taste, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander and cumin powder, ajwain and 1 teaspoon of oil. Mix all the ingredients in the flour and try to get the consistency of bread crumbs. Now add chilly and ginger paste and add water to knead the dough. Be careful while adding the water as lauki will ooze out its own natural water.
3. Knead a smooth dough. Now make small balls from dough and roll them out in round shape or shape or your choice.
4. Cook on a hot griddle on both the sides by spreading few drops of oil, till the theplas turn golden brown. Serve these Dudhi Theplas with Chundo, any pickle or simply have it while sipping a hot masala tea.