Gujarat has long stretches of unspoilt coastline and an endless supply of fish and shell fish. But strict Jainism in the past and orthodox Hinduism today has encouraged widespread vegetarianism. The Gujarati cuisine is not heavily spiced but slightly sweeter than the cuisines of the neighbouring states.
Gujarati food is distinctively vegetarian with about 65% of its population shunning the meat. The remaining 35% of the state’s population consists of Bohra Muslims and Parsis. Bohra Muslims are the followers of Abdullah who were Hindus who adopted Muslim religion. The Parsi cuisine on the other hand is a blend of western influences.
Take whole wheat flour in a bowl. Add cabbage, carrot, fenugreek leaves, gram flour, ginger-green chilli paste, coriander leaves, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sufficient yogurt and knead.
Add one tablespoon oil and knead to a slightly stiff dough. Divide the dough into lemon sized portions and roll into round balls. Roll the in a little flour and roll into thin theplas.
Heat a non stick tawa. Put the thepla on it and roast for half a minute. Flip over and drizzle a little oil over and around it. Flip over again and drizzle some more oil over and around it.
Cook till both the sides are evenly browned. Similarly make more theplas. Serve hot with chhunda.
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