Monday, June 8, 2009

Palak thepla or Indian Spinach flatbread

I love these greens filled sweet-sour n spicy rotis...they provide a good change on the plain old wheat roti and add some punch of nutrition along.. they taste delicious with a dollop of butter or plain old yogurt or any kind of pickle or relishes (chunda , katki etc) 
In the busy planning of various curries, veggies, rice and some assorted bakings I often overlook the myriad taste and flavors that our indian rotis offer...stuffed, layered, spicy, sweet - naan , kulcha, paratha.. low-fat, so-fat you could cry :)
These particular rotis are from Gujurati cuisine with sweet and sour and spicy all combined to form a delightful flavor..they last very well too (if you dont eat them all hot off the girdle) and I can vow that I have never seen a Gujju uncle/aunty travelling without those theplas ;)

So without much ado :
1 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp besan/chickpea flour
1 cup cut palak/methi
2 tsp cooking oil
a pinch of aseofetida
a pinch or turmeric
1/2 tsp of red chilli
1/4 tsp of crushed cumin
1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
2 tbsp fine jaggery + 2 tbsp lime juice (microwave for 20 seconds if you can)
salt to taste

Mix all these ingredients and add water to form a firm but malleable dough. Dab with oil and keep for 10-15 mins. Form into small ball ,sprinkle some dry flour and roll out like roti . Lay on hot tawa/girdle. 
Turn once and apply some oil on the surface. Turn and pat with a flat wooden spatula. 
Apply oil (just spread back of an oil covered spoon) and turn and pat the other side. 
Take off the tawa when spots appear. 

These make about 8 theplas which are way too few to satiate my appetite and have some left overs..but I was short of time and thus reined in my hands..
Neway...Enjoy !


  1. Hi Dips,

    Nice recipe. I haven't made methi theplas in a long time. Reading your post makes me wanna eat them. I'll post my recipe for theplas soon.

  2. Hi Dips,

    Just read your comment on my blog. I don't know why it didn't appear on the post since I do not moderate my comments. but you are welcome to visit and leave your comment again :) I like hearing from you.

  3. Wow..Thepla has come out very well. Nice Picture.

  4. Wow i have made methi theplas but not palak, they look perfect