- ½ cup grated bottle gourd
- 1½ tbsp gram flour
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp Sesame seeds
- 2 tsp oil—for kneading and greasing the dough
- ½ piece green chili--minced
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp carom seeds
- 1 tbsp curd or yogurt
- Water for kneading the dough
- salt to taste
- oil for roasting
Have you noticed, like me, that your kids are running away from greens? That they have been avoiding broccoli and fenugreek? Well, that is what they do everywhere. They avoid the vegetables, the greens that are actually beneficial to them and chase after the sweet things. Good news! A lauki thepla is what you need to make them.
Lauki thepla is a Gujarati dish. Theplas are basically flat breads. Lauki thepla is made from a combination of whole wheat flour and gram flour, bottle gourd and of course, spices. Theplas can be served as a whole meal on its own or as an alternative to a snack.
There is no hard and strict recipe for making this dish as each household and family can have their own special recipe. Some households use a mixture of flour like millet flour, gram flour or like me, whole wheat flour. This recipe makes 4 theplas.
Bottle gourds contain absolutely no fat and like most melons, contain plenty of water and electrolytes, which comprise salts of potassium and magnesium; it is an ideal food for people on weight-loss plans. Bottle gourds are also rich in folates and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Bottle gourds are also effective galactagogues. Galactagogues are foods that boost milk production in lactating mothers.
How to Make Lauki Thepla
You have a balanced meal or snack ready for your kids to eat in school during lunch breaks or at picnics. Packlaukitheplas in a TyyfyKyds lunchbox from Vaya. When it is time to for your kids to have lunch, the theplas will still be hot and fresh!
The bottle gourd was initially cultivated to serve as a container and not a vegetable!
Wild bottle gourd grown in African countries and in the Caribbean region can be molded into water carriers, bowls, utensils, basins, and even shoulder bags!