Hi friends! Methi Thepla. Theplas are an inherent part of gujarati meals, and are used for regular meals, travelling and for picnics! eaten with chunda or sweet mango pickle,theplas can be enjoyed hot or otherwise.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes each thepla
Cuisine: Indian /Gujarat
serves: 12 theplas
- 1 cup whole wheat flour/atta
- 1 cup gram flour/besan
- 1 cup chopped fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves
- 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / Dahi, whisked
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 level tbsp coriander seeds, powdered
- 2/3 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
- 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
- 1 tbsp Olive oil , slightly heated
- 1 tsp salt or / as per taste
- oil for frying
In a bowl mix dry whole wheat flour / atta, gram flour /besan, Fenugreek leaves, salt, grated ginger, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder and hot oil.
Add curd gradually and as required, to knead a soft dough.
keep the dough aside for 30 minutes covered with a damp kitchen towel.
Make small lemon sized balls from the dough.
Roll each ball thinly into 3 ” flat discs. Place the discs one by one, on the heated griddle / tava, when one side is half cooked, flip it .
When flipped side is half cooked, flip it. Apply ½ tsp oil on the cooked side and again flip and cook it apply ½ oil on the other side as well and cook on medium heat.
once the thepla is cooked on both sides to a light golden brown, remove from the griddle / tava.
Fry all the theplas one by one and stack them in a basket or tray.
Serve methi theplas with lime/ green chili pickles or as a healthy snack with Indian masala tea.
Methi theplas are light as well as healthy enriched with the goodness of Fenugreek leaves can be served with Indian masala tea as a snack!
Instead of curd we can also use milk.
Fenugreek leaves/ Methi leaves:
In the Eastern cultures, especially India, fenugreek leaves are more widely used as compared to seeds primarily due to its immense nutritional benefits. While the seeds of this plant are used for only for the flavour, the leaves have herb nutrition value in them. So, when we talk about the benefits of fenugreek we are particularly referring to its greener parts.
Nutritional Benefits Of Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves are basically a kind of green leafy vegetables unless you dry them for storage (kasuri methi). So they will give you all the goodness associated with green vegetables.
The fresh leaves of the Methi plant have a slightly bitter under taste and can be cooked just like we cook spinach. It is a very good source of iron. That is why fenugreek, both its seeds and leaves are considered medicinal for curing anemia. In fact, even if you follow standard medicine, patients with low hemoglobin count are usually put on a diet of fenugreek and other vegetables like spinach and lettuce.
Fenugreek has herb nutrition in it. If you crush the fresh leaves of Fenugreek or make a glass of juice out of them, it could be the perfect health drink to control the hormonal level of insulin in the blood. Fenugreek is a kind of similar to bitter gourd when we consider the bitter taste and properties of regulating insulin. It is a must note point for diabetics.
Fenugreek could give competition to Spinach as a rich source of vitamin K. Commonly spinach is the traditional answer to all your vitamin K needs but fenugreek has almost as much or more of this vital nutrient.
It is a very good source of roughage because is basically comprised of leaves. It will fulfill your body’s fibre requirements abundantly. Traditionally methi or fenugreek is supposed to be very beneficial to people who have a persistent problem of constipation.
Surprisingly, fenugreek is also a great source of protein and nicotinic acid. These nutrients lend benefits of fenugreek that are specific to hair. It foster hair growth and is good for the general health and shine of hair.
Inspite of so many benefits people sometimes don’t prefer to eat fenugreek because of its bitterness, especially in the dried form when the concentration of the bitterness increases. The solution is to either eat it fresh or add the dried leaves to foods like dals, curries or mix it or knead the flour to make tasty methi parathas! Either ways the benefits of fenugreek as a nutritional bonanza need to be utilised to the fullest.
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