Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread

by Kiran on March 24, 2015 · 24 comments

in Indian, Snack, Vegetarian

Hi friends!!

Hello Spring!! I’ve been buried under so much work lately, that it feels so good to be able to sit down and blog. Finally.

24 hours a day is never enough for me. Ever.

Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun
And to add insult to the injury, I am out of any new future recipes. I’ve got to find the time and light to create and shoot more. Perhaps I am lacking in the time management department.

I have a planner where I plan all my future recipes, but somehow, it’s difficult to manage my chaotic life even with a planner. I have a HUGE respect and admiration for bloggers who blog new recipes every-single-day!

How do they do it? Pretty sure they have a genie or something.


Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun
I still need to figure the whole planning and time management issues out. Oh, did I mentioned I’m a seasoned blogger?


Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun
Off to bury it all into a plate of hot and steamy bottle gourd and fresh fenugreek paratha’s. With a side of masala chai. Always, because it’s the perfect accompaniment and there’s no substitutions here 🙂

Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun

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  • 1 heap cup of bottle gourd (lauki), peeled & grated
  • 1 heap cup of fresh fenugreek leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp spices from Indian chili pickle (mirchi ka aachar masala)
  • 2 tbsp jaggery/palm sugar, grated
  • 1.5 cups durum wheat flour (aata)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 turmeric powder
  • 1 Thai green chili, minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted (i used black)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp thick yogurt (maybe less or more)
  • some flax seed oil/ghee/olive oil


  1. With clean hands, gently squeeze out liquid from grated bottle gourds (lauki). Place grated gourds into a large bowl, with chopped fresh fenugreek leaves, spices from Indian chili pickle & jaggery. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix durum wheat flour, salt, turmeric powder, minced green chili and sesame seeds. Combine this into the bowl with grated gourds. Stir everything to combine.
  3. Add yogurt just enough and knead until it combines into a semi-soft dough. Make sure the dough is not too dry or too soft. Keep dough aside to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Heat a flat iron skillet on medium-high.
  5. Divide dough into equal portions, roughly the size of a golf ball. Dust with some flour, roll between palms and apply gently pressure till the balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for rolling out.
  6. Lightly flour surface, rolling pin and dough.
  7. Roll dough into 6 inch circles or as think as possible without tearing. If the dough begins sticking onto surface and rolling pin, lightly dust with some durum flour on both sides.
  8. Place rolled out paratha (flatbreads) on hot skillet for a few seconds before flipping over. At this point, some brown spots would begin appearing. Brush on some flax seed/olive oil/ghee and flip it over again. Using a spatula, lightly apply pressure to the puffed areas all around.
  9. Flip again and lightly apply pressure making sure paratha is golden brown on both sides.
  10. Serve hot with fresh cold yogurt and spicy pickles!


Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun
I am always in a hurry and forgot to count how many paratha’s this recipe yields. It should be about 8 to 10 parathas. Burp!

Bottle Gourd & Fenugreek Flatbread | @KiranTarun
If you are a blogger or food writer, how do you maintain a scheduler or plan your recipes out? Do you have a genie that I can borrow in exchange for brownies or these flatbreads?


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM

What tasty flatbreads, I love these flavors!
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2 Kitchen Belleicious March 24, 2015 at 10:35 PM

that tops tortillas any day of the week! Wow! Awesome with such intriguing flavors
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3 Rosa March 25, 2015 at 4:06 AM

Delicious and extremely, I’m sure! I wish I would know where to find fresh fenugreek.


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4 Krystal March 25, 2015 at 8:29 AM

Oh my goodness these look absolutely delicious! I’m a newbie myself but I can totally relate to what you’re saying. I really wish I had a genie to exchange for some of those flatbreads though.. 🙂
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5 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 25, 2015 at 6:14 PM

This is SO pretty Kiran. I’m loving the colors and textures. I need to track down some fenugreek leaves!
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6 Mary @ Fit and Fed March 25, 2015 at 9:13 PM

It would be fun for me to pick up these ingredients and give it a try. So many interesting veggies right in the bread! It will hae to wait for some time when my mom isn’t staying with me, though, she has a very set menu of what she will eat!
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7 QueenSashy | Three Little Halves March 25, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Oh my, I can’t stop looking at this flatbread, it’s so enticing. I used to have a planner — to keep track of all glorious ideas — but it fell apart. The ideas kept on coming (and going away) before I had a chance to pencil them all down. I would stress about it a lot, but I finally accepted the hectic reality, and to tell you the truth, life is better now 🙂

8 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 26, 2015 at 12:19 AM

I just planted some fenugreek last week. This recipe comes just in time. They look very delicious.
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9 Ash-foodfashionparty March 26, 2015 at 12:57 AM

Tepla, oh they look so good my dear. Love that you’ve added bottle gourd in it too. You are doing wonderful with your great recipes. My planning skills are a work in progress;).

10 Juliana March 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Absolutely gorgeous flatbread…I love the color and the flavors in it…and only can imagine the taste of it.
Hope you are having a great week Kiran 🙂

11 Daniela March 26, 2015 at 11:41 PM

What a lovely flatbread, flavored with fresh herbs.
Looks like a wonderful spring time treat.
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12 raksha March 27, 2015 at 6:22 AM

These paratha looks healthy and I liked the innovative recipe. I never thought about mixing battlegrourd in methinks parathas. I make methi parathas almost everyday but addition of battleground is new and I’ll surely try.
..and no I am a food blogger and don’t have a genie. I too wish I had one so that I could blog everyday 🙂

13 Easyfoodsmith March 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM

The addition of bottle gourd must have added a bit of softness to the dough and these paranthas must be so scrumptious! Methi parantha with chai is the ultimate winter breakfast 😀
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14 MyKabulKitchen March 27, 2015 at 5:37 PM

I agree with you, this winter was so hectic, I was unable to set time aside to keep up with the blogging world 🙁
But its ok, that is life, we do our best 🙂
And this recipe looks like a great way to handle all the stress, parathas look delicious, I love parathas with veggies incorporated especially something as healthy as fenugreek which I am very unfamiliar with.
pictures ofcourse are beautiful as always 🙂

15 Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish March 28, 2015 at 11:34 AM

This flatbread!!! Great flavors. Truly a nice way to welcome spring. So glad we connected
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16 Parita @ myinnershakti March 30, 2015 at 11:54 AM

My mouth is watering, Kiran! These theplas (what we call them) looks so good! In fact, this is one of the things I ask my mom to make for me when I’m home! YUM 🙂
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17 Raymund March 30, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Interesting way of using bottle gourd, never though it can be used this way as we always saute them. Looks really good!
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18 Dini @ Giramuk's Kitchen March 31, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Kiran this looks delicious! I love parathas, especially ones that are packed with flavour like yours! 🙂
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19 Sonali- The Foodie Physician March 31, 2015 at 3:58 PM

These look so tasty and flavorful! I love the colors and all of your photos are gorgeous!
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20 Carol at Wild Goose Mama April 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM

You always have THE most fascinating recipes. I have never even heard of Bottle Gourd. The flat bread looks like something I would truly relish. Yep, hear you on being buried. Planning ahead? What a luxury. Too busy ‘doing’ what has to be done.
But it’s all good!

21 Joanne April 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM

One of my coworkers makes something very similar to this and always shares with me because he knows how much I love them! The fresh fenugreek is so good!
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22 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 3, 2015 at 1:09 PM

I had to completely ignore my blog recently… can’t offer any tips on time management 🙁 Since I don’t earn much money from my blog I can’t afford neglecting other things happening in my life. Maybe a more consistent blogger is one who has a solid blog income or a more balanced lifestyle. Just guessing. p.s. Love the flatbread <3
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23 Sophie April 25, 2015 at 7:13 AM

Iam also a Seasonal blogger! I loved this cool post so much! x
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24 Kushi May 12, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Very healthy Chapatis.. Love the combo and it looks beautiful 🙂

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