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Methi Thepla (Wheat Flat Bread with Fenugreek Leaf)

 Published 2012-Sep-03   Updated 2022-Jul-05

-Submitted by Dahlia

(Thepla, Fenugreek Leaf Thepla)

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Thepla is a Gujarathi flatbread and is the cousin of paratha. Instead of stuffing the vegetable as done in parathas, here we actually knead the dough along with the finely chopped/ grated/ paste of vegetables. Its a great way to include extra veggies in the diet, especially for kids.

Theplas have an amazingly long shelf life and is therefore a common travel partner. But you really dont have to be on a train journey to enjoy theplas. You can make different theplas at home and enjoy as a simple and healthy meal any day. The following recipe is with fenugreek leaves (methi). You could also make theplas with different grated vegetables like zucchini thepla, carrot thepla, bottlegourd (dhoodhi/lauki) thepla, broccoli thepla, spinach thepla, radish thepla etc.

Recipe For Methi Thepla


  • Wheat Flour - 2 cups
  • Besan - 2 tblsp
  • Fenugreek (Methi) leaves - 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • (You can also use other grated vegetables)
  • Carom Seeds (Ajwain) - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger/ Garlic Paste - 3 tsp
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) - 1 tsp
  • Corriander Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Corriander leaves (Cilantro) - 2 tblsp (finely chopped)
  • Curd - 1/4 cup
  • Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Oil/ Malai - 2 tblsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Take all of the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix it nicely.
  2. Add required amount of warm water and knead it into a soft dough.
  3. Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls and roll into a circle similar to making chappttis.
  5. Heat a griddle and roast the thepla just like rotis.
  6. When small bubbles start appearing, flip the thepla.
  7. Cook till both the sides are cooked, till you get brown spots on both the sides.
  8. Transfer immediately to a hot pack to maintain its softness.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the hot methi teals with curd, pickle or chutney.


  • You could also make theplas with different grated vegetables like zucchini thepla, carrot thepla, bottlegourd (dhoodhi/lauki) thepla, broccoli thepla, spinach thepla, radish thepla etc.

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Comments (14)

Person   ()
This is Gujarati, not Maharashtrian!
Person   ()
Yes dear. Thats what I have mentioned in the description.
Person   ()
is it baking soda or baking powder to be used in making thepla. I look forward to your reply.Thanks
Person   ()
Baking Powder
Person   ()
Hey Inara,
I was just wondering...your theplas in the pictures look more like paranthas. Theplas are usually wide, really flat and crisp. Your theplas look so soft and pretty thick in the pictures. How is that?
Person   ()
Rightly said, theplas are usually thin. It depends on how flat you roll them. But paranthas are way thicker and heavier.
Person   ()
i have a hobby of cooking thnx to your website i can make anything quickly and njoy eating.....
Person   ()
Thank you.
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Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
but will it taste good??i m not sure..about that...
Person   ()
Yes Pranjali, It tastes very good.
Person   ()
Very good recipe
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Thank you.

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