In food and elsewhere, I've often found 'otherness' very attractive! For instance, when we were kids, our mother slaved over pallya and huli, but it was my friend's shaak and thepla that I drooled over.
Thepla is one of those delightful foods that has a personality all its own. Its based on the same principle as a paratha but has a completely different taste and aroma. Conjures up a completely different mood. My favorite theplas are usually methi (fenugreek) but I've also made combinations of spinach and methi and then, theres Trupti's intriguing zucchini theplas. Her recipe works extraordinarily well. Its really all about proportions: vegetable: flour: spice.
Heres what I did:
1. Combine one cup greens (methi and/or spinach), one cup atta (fine ground whole wheat flour, whole wheat bread flour or whole wheat pastry flour may work, in a pinch) and two tablespoons besan (garbanzo bean /chick pea flour).
2. Added one choppped green chili, one teaspoon each minced ginger and garlic.
3. Added salt to taste, and half a teaspoon of turmeric and kneaded into a smooth soft dough.
4. Let it rest 20 minutes and rolled it into 5 inch diameter circle-like (ahem!) shapes. Cooked on a hot skillet (with half a teaspoon oil / side) till brown spots appear.
The dough is easy to work with and rolls out easily into little theplas. Serve hot with chundo, pickle and/or yoghurt. Chundo, a sweet and sour chutney, is yet another example of the rapturous ingenuity showcased in Gujrati cooking. The theplas are somehow lighter than the average parathas I make. They keep well and travel well. I've always thought of theplas as friendly food! Probably because they're so easy-going!
I love Gujrati food! I have pledged undying devotion to Chetana, a stone's throw from Jehangir and Rhythm House in Kala Ghoda. I love the light-hearted, sweet - piquant combinations that are often the hallmark of Gujrati home-cooking. Its almost like a state of mind - carefree, but with a zest for life. This one goes to Mythili at Vindu for RCI-Gujrati food. Can't wait for the round-up! The theplas also go to Chili and Ciabatta for Bread Baking Day #7 - Flatbreads!
Resources on the web:
1. My grocer stocks this Chundo
2. A big thank you to the food-bloggers who I turn to when I look for Gujrati food-help: Enjoy Indian Food, The Spice who loved me, The Spice Cafe