Bottle gourd Recipes,

Lauki Thepla or Dudhi Na Thepla

November 29, 2018 Motions and Emotions 10 Comments

Thepla is a popular spiced flatbread from Gujarati cuisine. My first introduction to theplas in a train journey. Thanks to Indian Railways whenever I travelled I saw something new every time. I used to enjoy train journey during my childhood except going to the toilet in the train (everyone can read my mind what I wanted to tell😷). I don't remember where we were travelling but like others we also packed one meal and dry foods for our long train journey. Next day we had to order from the pantry. Surprisingly, there was a Gujarati family (10 to 12 members) travelling with us and they did not order anything. I was thinking how they will manage. I saw there was a big food trunk and the oldest lady took out a bunch of paratha (I didn't know it was thepla) and serving to all the members with curd. I think aunty understood my curiosity and said 'Thepla khaogi beta'. I already had my meal that time so did not have it. Later years after I had it in a Gujarati restaurant and  from the restaurant waiter came to know it does not spoil soon and could connect the dots of curiosity of my train journey years ago.

Methi thepla is the most popular among any other theplas. Methi thepla is a hit in our house but unfortunately it is not in my blog, I don't know how I missed to document this famous recipe. I just noticed it while drafting this post.

I will share the recipe of Lauki thepla today. It is also known as Dudhi na thepla.  My family members are not great fan of lauki or bottle gourd. Whenever I get lauki I have to keep on thinking some innovative way to feed it. They prefer only one/two dish with lauki. The most popular lauki sabji in our house is Macher matha die Lau ghonto (Bottle gourd mishmash with fish head). I often add lauki in dal (red lentil or masoor dal) and sometimes I prepare Lauki chana dal. I personally like lau sorshe posto. This is a heirloom recipe and I can finish a plate of plain rice with this.

When I got bottle gourd this time, I started searching easy and tasty recipe and I got the recipe of lauki thepla. Sometimes I think I am really thankful to this blogging world and I can learn new recipes everyday and share my innovations to the others. Whenever I try a new recipe, there will be tensions worries as how it would turn out and how my foodie family will react on the recipe. However, this time I was quite confident that they will definitely like lauki thepla. Yes the recipe was a winner for sure and most importantly it goes to our routine list of breakfast/ dinner as we prefer our theplas in breakfast or dinner.

The best part of making thepla you don't need any other side dish😉. Isn't it a great news for the people like me who enjoys tasty homemade meal but doesn't want to spend long time in the kitchen. Theplas are good option for lunch box as they remain soft.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 nos approximately

Lauki Thepla / Dudhi Na Thepla


Lauki/Bottle gourd - grated, 1 cup
Whole Wheat Flour - 1.5 cups
Besan/ Gram flour - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Curd - 2 tablespoon ( you can add little more if required during kneading the dough)
Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger - grated, 1/2 teaspoon
Refined oil - 1 tablespoon + for frying the thepla ( approx. 4 to5 tablespoons)
Green Chilli Paste - 1/2 teaspoon (optional/ I have not added it)


1. Wash and pat dry lauki. Then peel it and grate it in a large plate. Keep aside.
2. Take whole wheat flour, besan, dry spices (cumin, coriander, red chilli, turmeric powder) and salt in a big bowl. Mix them with your fingers.
3. Now add grated lauki along with its juices. Mix it well.
4. Add 1 tablespoon oil and curd and knead a smooth dough. I did not add any extra water. Lauki juices and water from curd was enough to bind all of them together. If you require can add 1 or 2 tablespoon of water.
5. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and allow to rest it for 15 minutes.
6. Now make lemon size balls from the dough.
7. Dust your kitchen platform and roll each ball into round shape like roti (5 to 6 inches of diameter).
8. Keep the rolled thepla on a hot skillet and when brown spot appears, flip it.
9. Apply oil on both sides and cook it. Serve hot with chutney or pickle or any dip.


  1. I too like theplas.. they can be had as a snack or as a meal ☺️ Have never tried lauki thepla yet.. will give it a shot 👍

  2. I just love all flat breads with vegetables in it. Haven't yet tried with lauki , though. It must be very soft to eat.

  3. I too adore flatbreads! These look wonderful.

  4. healthy n yummy ones,lovely!

  5. True theplas are always an integral part of train journey. I love lauki theplas as otherwise I detest lauki sabzi.

  6. Hahaha Thepla and Gujju are synonymous, where ever we go they are with us and we never fail to offer fellow passengers. Dudhi Thepla my favourite and perfect with masala chai.

  7. I have tried just plain thepla, would love to give this dudhi na thepla a try too. Thanks for the share.

  8. This is quite cool. I will wait to get a lauki to try this as it is a hard find here.

  9. Theplas are a regular at our home and yes always carry some when we are traveling. Ideal travel food. Your lauki theplas look so soft.


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