A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition. There is a common misconception that healthy foods are bland and boring which is not all true, continuing our series on healthy and interesting recipes (Spinach and Baby corn), here we share another tasty and healthy recipe – Methi thepla

-Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @eKincare.com

Methi Thepla recipe a flat Indian bread made with fenugreek makes a healthy snack could be made anytime of the day. Thepla is traditional gujarati dish made from bengal gram. It has been observed that bengal gram flour or besan is specially beneficial in reducing postprandial blood sugars in individuals with diabetes and methi helps you lower cholesterol, sugar levels and aids in digestion. These theplas can be eaten as a main meal with curry/dal and also as a delicious snack.

Recipe 

Ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • ½ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 3 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) + 5 tbsp more for frying them
  • 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 t/s turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed powder
  • 100 ml yogurt mixed with ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed powder
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional
  • 1 tbsp black salt
  • 1 t/s asofoetida (hing)

Instructions

  1. First pluck fenugreek leaves and discard their stems. Wash and keep them aside.
  2. Sift dry ingredients that is wheat flour, gram flour and all spices except clarified butter, yogurt and water.
  3. Mix yogurt with water. Give a nice whisk to it. Now add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Also add the methi leaves.
  4. Start kneading the mixture. Use all your stamina to knead the dough. Press towards back to fro with your knuckles and palm. Now add 3 tbsp clarified butter to the dough and knead until smooth and soft. Use more flour if the dough is sticky. If the dough is too dry add little more clarified butter to it.
  5. Now leave the dough to rest for 10 mins. Make small balls about 2 inches. Roll them into round Or oval shapes.
  6. Take a pan place on high fire. Ensure the pan is hot then reduce the fire. Now place the flat bread on the got griddle Or pan. Once the roti (bread) has small brown dots. Place the other side of the bread. Smear ghee on them and fry them until they cook nicely. Ensure the bread is brown and cooked from both sides.
  7. You could use a spatula to fry them. Serve hot with yogurt, pickles etc.

Notes

  1. Ginger- garlic paste is optional.
  2. Fennel seed powder gives a nice taste but you could skip it.

You can have it with pickles, yogurt, etc. I bet you will love it, so try it out this weekend!

Written by drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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