There was a time in my life when masala thepla became inseparable part of my life. Though I never tasted thepla in my life before that time. It was 2010. I was looking for something ready to eat for breakfast food which can be stored for longer life at home. I visited a Gujarati store in Kamla Nagar, New Delhi. I noticed there something like smaller size roti. I asked the shopkeeper “What is this?” He said “thepla …. masala thepla.”
It was something what I never heard about. But I bought a packet because I found that similar to roti. A few spicy fried chillies were inside the packet. So it was absolutely ready to eat. I did not need to make anything for my breakfast. More importantly, I loved it when I ate that for the first time. It was delicious. Very clean & easy to store food.
After that, I started buying masala thepla from the same shop regularly. It made me familiar with various Gujarati snacks (Khaman dhokla, khakra etc). I used to keep a packet of thepla in my laptop bag when I used to go to my office in the morning. I used to eat those when I was on the rickshaw to reach at the nearest metro station Rithala. There was 4 theplas in a packet, so I hardly could eat 2-3 thepla every morning on the way of my way and rest one or two thepla, I used to keep inside my laptop bag. It helped me to do my breakfast everyday. One of my colleagues even told me to try that with mango pickle or dahi. I loved both.
But sometimes I used to accidentally discover very old theplas inside a packet from my laptop bag. It was shocking and just yackkkk…
But anyway it played an important role in my life. I often loved to carry such readymade thepla whenever I was travelling.
Thereafter I relocated in many cities across the country. Now I love to make my own masala thepla. It is very easy to make and anybody can make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Even you can try it as a snack. This food is just an All-Rounder.
It is tasty and very simple food. I often rub the pickle over the thepla and put fried chillies inside and then roll it and eat. Try it and love it.
Masala thepla recipe
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, haldi
- 1.5 teaspoon ginger paste or grated
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1.5 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1.5 teaspoons red chilli powder
- 2 teaspoons crushed kasuri methi (or use fresh fenugreek leaves)
- 2 green chillies, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon any vegetable oil for frying
- Water for making dough
- Take whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, turmeric powder, ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, kasuri methi, salt, green chilli and mix all
- Then add water gradually and make a dough, rest it for 10 minutes
- Now make 8 small balls from that dough
- Roll it to make 5-6 inch diameter size flatbread
- Heat a cooking pan, spread oil and grease it
- Place a flatbread and cook over medium flame, cook both sides