Indian bread with courgettes & coriander

Indian bread with courgettes & coriander

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Cooking time

Ready in 1¼ hours

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 12

This bread is called thepla in India and is best served hot with lightly salted plain yogurt, or cold with mango chutney

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  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 450g courgettes
  • 175g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 175g plain wholemeal flour (not strong bread flour)
  • 2 tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • a good pinch of turmeric
  • a small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp sunflower oil

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  1. Dry fry the cumin seeds for 30-60 seconds in a non-stick pan, tossing constantly until toasted. Remove from heat.
  2. Wash the courgettes, then trim and grate them on the coarsest side of the grater (unpeeled) into a largish bowl. Tip in both the flours, the ginger, turmeric and coriander, add 1 tsp salt and stir well.
  3. Pour 11⁄2 tbsp of the oil into the flour mixture and rub it in, then gradually add 4-5 tbsp cold water until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough, a bit wetter than pastry. Tear or cut off 12 equal-sized pieces and shape into balls.
  4. Dust the work surface and rolling pin with a little extra flour and roll each piece into a thin 14cm round – don’t worry if the edges are crinkly.
  5. Heat a large cast-iron griddle or heavy-based frying pan until very hot. Put one or two breads on the griddle and cook for 2 minutes on one side, patting the edges with a clean soft cloth – this keeps the bread in contact with the heat and helps cook it fast. Turn the breads over and cook for 2 minutes more.
  6. Drizzle a little oil around the edges of the bread, turn them over again and cook for 30-60 seconds more, then drizzle a few drops of oil on this side. Remove and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the rounds. (You can make the breads up to 2 hours ahead, then wrap in foil and reheat in a low oven.) Serve hot or cold.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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vixvix's picture
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These breads are easy to make, tasty and a good texture. They are fairly small and I found that two per person, when served as an accompaniment to a main course curry, gives the right quantity. I served them with lentil and sweet potato curry (another recipe on this website).

sami_23's picture
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Have made these a few times now and they always go down well. I always roll them between two layers of cling film now after first attempt ended in tough floury breads as I added too much flour in an attempt to stop dough sticking to work surface which still took me ages to clean up. I make them in smaller sized circles as personally found 14cm ones a bit large.

deenak's picture

I do these by mixing the wholemeak flour with gram four, per the traditional recipe...they are softer that way.

amandakim's picture
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These were easy to make and tasty. I've used them several times and they have gone really well with a variety of Indian meals that I've made now.