Mooli Thepla | Gujarati Mooli na Thepla

Mooli thepla recipe with step by step photos – Mooli na thepla is a healthy and tasty Gujarati recipe made with whole wheat flour, white radish (mooli) and spices.

They are a light, quick and nutritious snack. Though most of the time we prefer Methi thepla but on occasions, I do make them with different veggies. I have also shared a variation made with lauki or bottle gourd – Lauki thepla.

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mooli thepla recipe

You can make mooli ka thepla as a breakfast, a quick snack or even pack for tiffin box or lunch box. They remain soft so you can have them any time of the day. Especially if you are working then they comes as a big rescue since they can be made quickly and are very easy to prepare.

These mooli thepla taste good and one cannot make out that they are made from radish (mooli). So its great to make these for your loved ones, especially the fussy eaters.

The addition of mooli makes thepla more nutritious and healthy. Another similar recipe I make with mooli is this Punjabi Mooli paratha.

You can apply oil or ghee on them. Adding besan flour gives a nice nutty flavor to them. We like the flavor of besan but if you don’t prefer then skip it.

Mostly they are served with mango pickle, curd or aam chunda or any veggie. We love to have warm mooli na thepla with a hot cup of masala chai.

How to make Gujarati Mooli na Thepla

1. Rinse, peel and grate the mooli in a bowl or plate. Grate about ¾ to 1 cup mooli.

mooli thepla recipe

2. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready.

mooli thepla recipe

3. Add grated mooli in a parat or big plate or bowl. also add ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste and ¾ teaspoon salt or as required.

mooli thepla recipe

4. Mix the spices very well.

mooli thepla recipe

5. Keep covered aside for 5 minutes. Soon mooli will release its juices.

mooli thepla recipe

6. Then add 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour.

mooli thepla recipe

7. Next add 3 tablespoons of besan (gram flour or chickpea flour). If you are not using gram flour, then skip this step.

mooli thepla recipe

8. Mix well with your finger tips.

mooli thepla recipe

9. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon yogurt (curd) and 1 tablespoon oil.

mooli thepla recipe

10. Mix well and begin to knead the dough. make a smooth soft dough. If the dough becomes sticky, then add some more flour. If the dough looks dry or hard, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons more curd.

mooli thepla recipe

11. Cover the dough with a plate or linen cloth. Allow the dough to rest for 5 to 6 minutes. again knead the dough for a minute.

mooli thepla recipe

12. Make medium sized balls from the dough.

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13. Dust some flour on the ball.

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14. Gently flatten with a pin roller.

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15. Sprinkle some more flour if required.

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16. Roll to a round or oval shape thepla, about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.

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17. Place the rolled mooli thepla on a hot tawa or griddle.

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18. Roast till you see faint blisters on them.

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19. Then flip them.

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20. Spread some oil or ghee on the mooli thepla all over.

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21. Flip again.

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22. Spread oil or ghee on this side too.

mooli thepla recipe

23. Flip them once or twice till they are cooked. Make all mooli thepla this way. If you are making them to carry for tiffin or picnics then apply some more oil, so that they stay soft.

mooli thepla recipe

24. Serve Gujarati mooli na thepla warm or at room temperature with pickle or curd or aam chunda or mango chutney.

mooli thepla recipe
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Gujarati Mooli na Thepla

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Mooli ka thepla is a tasty and healthy Gujarati recipe made from whole wheat flour, radish (mooli) and spices. They are light, quick and nutritious snack. 
mooli thepla recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:breakfasts
Cuisine:gujarati
Servings (change the number to scale):10 to 12 theplas
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • ¾ to 1 cup grated mooli (radish)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan or chickpea flour) - optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon curd (yogurt) - add 1 to 2 tablespoon more, if required while kneading the dough
  • 1 green chili + ½ inch ginger - crushed to a paste in mortar pestle or 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or as required
  • oil for roasting as required

Instructions

kneading dough

  • Rinse, peel and grate the mooli in a bowl or plate. Grate about ¾ cup to 1 cup mooli.
  • Measure and keep all the ingredients ready.
  • Add grated mooli in a parat or big plate. Add all the spice powders, salt and ginger-chili paste.
  • Next add ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste and ¾ teaspoon salt or as required.
  • Mix the spices very well.
  • Keep covered aside for 5 minutes. Soon mooli will release its juices.
  • Then add 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour.
  • Next add 3 tablespoon of besan (gram flour). If you are not using gram flour then skip this step.
  • Mix well with your finger tips.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoon yogurt (curd or dahi) and 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Mix well and begin to knead the dough.
  • Make a smooth soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with a plate or linen cloth. Allow the dough to rest for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Again knead the dough for a minute.

rolling mooli thepla

  • Make medium sized balls from the dough.
  • Dust some flour on the ball.
  • Gently flatten with a pin roller (belan).
  • Sprinkle some more flour if required.
  • Roll to a round or oval shape thepla, about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.

roasting mooli na thepla on tawa

  • Place the rolled thepla on a hot tawa or griddle.
  • When you see faint blisters on them then flip.
  • Spread some oil or ghee on the thepla all over, flip again.
  • Spread oil or ghee on this side too.
  • Flip them once or twice till they are cooked. Make all mooli thepla this way. 
  • If you are making them to carry for tiffin or picnics then apply some more oil, so that thepla stay soft.
  • Serve Gujarati Mooli na Thepla warm or at room temperature with pickle or curd (yogurt).

Notes

  1. You can use ghee or oil for roasting them.
  2. Adding besan (gram flour) is optional.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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2 comments/reviews

  1. When I ate it immediately after making it I loved it. But my husband had it after a couple of hours and he found it kachcha.
    Anything I can do differently next time? Can we roast the thepla a little more? Won’t it become hard?
    Also, can we substitute Besan with sattu?

    • hi shruthi, thepla should be always roasted on a hot tawa. if the tawa is not hot enough, the thepla will not cook well. if the thepla is cooked properly, there won’t be any raw taste in it. cook on a medium-high to high flame. you should see charred spots or blisters on the thepla. press the thepla (center, edges etc) with a spatula while cooking, so that it roasted well. you can roast thepla for some more time if you see that they are not roasted well but do not too much as then they will become hard. you can use sattu flour instead of besan.