Lauki ke Theple

Lauki ke Theple

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: American

This popular Gujarati snack gets additional nutrients with the addition of bottle gourd


  • Bottle gourd (lauki), grated 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour 3 cups
  • Ginger paste 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Green chillies, chopped 4
  • Carom seeds (ajwain) ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • White sesame seeds 1 tsp
  • Yogurt 3 tbsps + for serving
  • Oil 2 tsps + to cook
  • Pickles to serve


  • Take wheat flour in a mixing bowl, add bottle gourd, ginger paste, garlic paste, green chillies, carom seeds, salt, turmeric powder, white sesame seeds and yogurt and mix well.
  • Add a little water at a time and knead into soft dough. Add 2 tsps oil and knead again. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into balls. Heat a non-stick tawa.
  • Roll each ball into a thin theplas. Put one thepla at a time on the hot tawa and cook till the underside is lightly browned. Flip it over, drizzle a little oil and cook. Flip again, drizzle a little oil and cook, turning sides, till both sides are evenly done.
  • Transfer the theplas on serving plates with bowls of yogurt and pickles. Garnish the yogurt with a little red chilli powder, little chaat masala and a little coriander leaves. Keep a couple of green chillies on one side of the plate and serve the theplas hot.