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Methi Thepla Recipe

Green leafy vegetables are essential for your child’s growth. Fenugreek leaves are high in Vitamin K, dietary fibre and antioxidants. But it is difficult to feed them to your child as they are somewhat bitter. This recipe lets you incorporate methi leaves in your child’s diet, and they will love it.

Methi theplas are nothing but flatbreads, made out of besan, wheat flour and fenugreek leaves. This is a Gujarati snack item but can serve as a complete meal too. Curious about how to make methi thepla? Follow the recipe below and serve them to your little one!

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:30:00
Cook Time 00:30:00
Total Time 01:00:00

Cooking Method:

Gas Stove

Type of Meal: 


Suitable For:

Any babies older than 11 months of age

Meal Schedule: 

Breakfast, Mid-Morning Snack, Lunch or Evening Snack

Recipe Type:

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity
Fenugreek leaves (finely chopped) 1 cup tightly packed
Whole wheat flour 1 cup
Ginger (optional) ½ inch
Besan ¼ cup
Red chilli powder (optional) As per taste
Salt As per taste
Cumin powder ½ tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Coriander powder ½ tsp
Curd ½ cup or as required to knead the dough
Oil For roasting theplas


Here are the step-by-step directions to make methi theplas.

  1. Mix thoroughly whole wheat flour, besan, fenugreek leaves (washed and finely chopped), salt, 1 tbsp oil and spices mentioned above. Add red chilli powder only if you think your child will be able to eat them. Adding in ginger is also optional depending on your child’s taste.
  2. Add curd to the mixture and make a soft dough out of it. Curd makes the theplas extra soft and easy to chew for your child.
  3. Now keep the dough aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Make medium-sized balls out of the dough.
  5. Now take a dough ball and start rolling it using the rolling pin. Adjust the size of your thepla according to the thickness preferred. It usually turns out to be 5 to 6 inch in diameter.
  6. Now put the rolled thepla on hot tawa. Flip to the other side when the first side is cooked partially.
  7. Now spread oil on this side and flip it again.
  8. Spread oil on the next side as well and keep pressing the thepla with a spatula.
  9. Now flip it again and let it cook.
  10. Your methi thepla is ready to serve!

Recipe Tips

  1. The theplas from this simple methi thepla recipe can be stored for up to a day. Just make sure to store them in a roti basket.
  2. Methi leaves must not be fed in large quantities to your kid. This may cause diarrhoea.
  3. This homemade methi thepla baby food recipe requires that the fenugreek leaves should be washed properly and chopped finely.

Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)

Type Value
Energy 144 kCal
Sodium 193 mg
Fat 4.3 grams
Carbohydrates 22.9 grams
Potassium 203 mg
Protein 6.8 grams
Vitamin C 0.8 mg
Vitamin K 6 mg
Dietary Fibre 16 grams
Iron 6.1 mg
Calcium 40 mg

Health Benefits

Now you must be thinking whether it is worth making methi thepla for your little one. So here are some points which will tell you about its health benefits.

  1. Fenugreek leaves are rich in dietary fibre and antioxidants. This helps in improving your child’s bowel movement. At the same time, it should not be fed in large quantity too!
  2. Curd helps in increasing the protein and calcium content of the recipe. Protein and calcium are required for the development of bones and teeth in your child.
  3. A pinch of turmeric powder improves your child’s immunity.
  4. Fenugreek leaves are good for lactating mothers as well.
  5. As you can see, the recipe is rich in carbohydrates, so the child feels full and energetic for long.

Buying Guide

It is essential to buy the right ingredients to prepare methi theplas. Here are some tips for you.

  1. Try buying fenugreek leaves from stores which sell organic vegetables. This ensures safer techniques of farming.
  2. Always check the expiry date of the wheat flour and besan you buy from the market.

Do prepare these easy methi theplas for babies and let them relish it. They will love it whether you serve it as breakfast or lunch or evening snack or as dinner!


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