Bottle gourd Thepla is inspired by Dhapate (Thalipeet): Maharashtra #marathwada region special breakfast. Bottle gourd has numerous health benefits. In our native, bottle gourd is used in treating stomach illness or jaundice, which has the power (anti-inflammatory properties) to heal our Liver and intestine during the disease. Bottle gourd has close to 90% water content and is excellent on the stomach and light on digestion. Apart from this, bottle gourd juice is very good for weight watchers, diabetics, and a healthy heart.
Here, I have taken Jowar flour, considered as a high fibre, protein-rich and complex carbohydrate. Hence, the nutrition quotient increases and becomes a wholesome food for anyone, including low cal diet or diabetics.
2 cups – Whole wheat flour
½ cup – Besan
1 cup – White Jowar flour
You can increase any of the flour or decrease acc to your wish.
Grated bottle gourd – almost 200 to 250grams
Chopped onion – 1
Salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder – 1tsp, garlic paste – 1 tsp, Sesame seeds – 2 tsp
-Add all these, mix thoroughly, by adding sufficient water and make a dough.
-Keep it aside for half an hour, to rest by closing it.
Now take lemon sized chapati dough in hand and roll this ball using a roller, like regular chapati.
-Cook both sides by using either oil, ghee, or butter, of course as minimal as possible.
Serve with sweetish bottle gourd raita, groundnut chutney powder.
If you want to make glutenfree Roti, please omit whole wheat flour, add any preferred flour of your choice. Make a roti dough by using little hot water.
-Pat the dough on a banana leaf or parchment paper and proceed to cook both sides. If you want to see the rotti patting and cooking procedure, please refer to this post.
NOTE: if Bottle gourd is tender, don’t remove the peel. Grate and use it.