This recipe is for a friend Sonia, who's husband Sameer does not like dudhi!;) Hopefully after she makes these theplas, he will start liking dudhi.
This is a savory bread, like roti but with a lot of fresh and dry spices, and a vegetable! Its really tasty and can be eating with yogurt and pickle or with potato bhaji(potatoes in spices). Its one my dear mom's concoction.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
About 1/2 dudhi(bottle gourd) peeled and finely grated
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 tsp freshly ground garlic
1 tsp ground green chillies
a pinch of asefoitida(optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and bind it together into a dough like consistency until its malleable but not sticky! Use the water from the bottle gourd to bind the dough. If needed, add more water, but ONLY IF needed! Keep binding it to incorporate it in a proper manner.
Once completed, apply little oil on the entire surface. Cover the bowl and keep it for about half an hour before rolling it out into thin rotis using little flour on the board so that it doesnt stick to the surface.
On the pan, put a little bit of oil, on both sides so that it turns out crisp and delicious!
Eat it hot with yogurt and pickle and relish it!