Thursday, 26 February 2015

Zunka {Pithla / Patal Zunka}

Zunka is a very very popular and a famous Maharashtrian dish. Zunka is made of Besan / Gram Flour and it has variations like Zunka being dry and being Patal {not being dry}  known as Pithla.
Zunka both versions are served with Jowar Bhakri and Zunka - Bhari is a combination that just cannot go wrong at all. This is actually Known as the Farmers Meal as being so healthy, giving them that needed energy to work whole day. It then became so popular that it is made at every households in Maharashtra.
In my husbands house, this dish is made every now and then. This is my Husbands favorite and he is too good at making it. I am sharing the recipe of Zunka {Pithla / Patal Zunka} now, will share the recipe of Bhakri sooner.

Besan / Gram Flour 2 - 3 tbsp
Water 1 cup
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Onion 1, finely chopped
Green Chili 1, chopped
Salt as per taste
Oil 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Jeera / Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Freshly Chopped Coriander Leaves few

Firstly in a bowl take water. Add gram flour, turmeric powder and mix well. There should not be any lumps forming.
{There will be bubbles forming, that's not a problem}.

In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. As it splutters add jeera and asafoetida.

As it is done, add onion and green chili and saute until onion turns light and transparent.

Now slowly add the gram flour water we have made. Keep stirring continuously. No lumps should be formed.
Add salt and stir well. Close with a lid and cook until the gram flour is cooked. Keep stirring in between once or twice. 

As the gram flour is cooked and zunka is done.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Enjoy with Jowar Bhakri..


  1. Replies
    1. Oh, thats so sweet words from u dear. Thanks

  2. Looks so good!! Growing up my best friend was a Maharashtrian.. I would eat this yummy dish so often.. Your brilliantly made dish reminded me of those days:)

    1. Such words really make me feel appreciable..Thanks a lot dear

  3. New word for me, but such an easy preparation! thanks Jeena for sharing!

    1. Oh its my pleasure sharing, Thanks a lot

  4. Never made before but indeed its a nice pairing with flat breads.

  5. Very new and lovely dish. It looks very delicious. :)

  6. I love this Maharashtrian dish. Nicely done!

  7. Looks delicious. This is new to me too. I would love to try it out.

  8. We call it Bombay chutney...delicious n easy sidedish

  9. We call it Bombay chutney...delicious n easy sidedish

    1. Oh ok, and yes its easy and Delicious too.. Thank you

  10. Wow!!!! delicious my fav dish.enjoy it any time with bhakri.

    1. oh, thats nice to know , Thanks a lot


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