Sunday, March 15, 2009

Methi Na Dhebra

Many friends ask me about the difference between methi dhebra and methi thepla. Well, as per my family, dhebra has more bajra flour where as thepla has more wheat flour. Dhebra is more like a patties where as thepla is more like a paratha. Dhebra is shallow or deep fried where as Thepla is roasted like paratha, adding little oil. Dhebra is patted to make a thick, small disc, where as thepla is rolled into a thin, bigger disc with a belan/rolling pin/lataNe. Both taste delicious and both are considered as a travel-foods as they have a good shelf life.

Methi Na Dhebra - (Count 15 - 20)
Methi-Bajra Patties
Ingredients
1 cup bajri flour/bajra loat/millet flour
2 tbsp besan
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
2 tbsp sesame seeds
salt to taste
1 cup fresh methi leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Grind to a paste
3-4 cloves of fresh garlic with greens
1/2" ginger
1 green chili

Oil for shallow or deep frying

Method
1. Grind green paste & keep aside.
2. Mix flours, and all the remaining ingredients except oil & yogurt. Add spoonful of yogurt at a time.
3. Knead to a dough using yogurt gingerly.
4. Take out small balls.
5. If shallow frying:-
Heat a frying pan or tawa. Press the balls directly on the pan to form a small but thick disc. Adding oil as required, let it brown on both the sides. Drain on the paper towel.

6. If deep frying:-
Heat oil in a wok or kadai. Using a saran wrap, press a ball of dough between two sheets of saran wrap to form a thick disc. Deep fry till it is nicely browned on both sides.

7. Serve with plain yogurt & chutney or ketchup.

Note-
1. I shallow fried above dhebras.
2. If fresh garlic is not available, use regular garlic cloves.
3. The amount of fresh methi leaves/fenugreek can be varied. I love to have more methi in the dhebras. You can use less per your taste.
This post is my entry to Lakshmi's Meals on Wheels event.
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(Thanks Purnima for suggesting to link Gudiya's post!)

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