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Zunka – An Authentic Maharashtra dish

Let us see how to make an authentic dish from Maharashtra, an Indian State – Zunka. The name sounds interesting ,right?

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Shhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge

I normally make most dishes from South India. This I tried this Mahashtrian dish for a FB group. I have earlier said about this group where we will be paired with other fellow blogger. They give you two secret ingredients to make particular regional dish. SO you should have guessed by now that this month’s theme was dish from Maharashtra.I was paired with Renu, a lovely blogger who blogs at CookwithRenu. She gave me secret ingredients Onion and Green Chili. In turn,I gave her two ingredients. Chana dal and Red chili powder with which she made delicious Chana dal Chataka


Mahashtra is the most industrialized state of India. It occupies the western and central part of the country. It have varied range of cuisine which have mild to spicy foods.It’s staple food consists of Wheat,Jowar, bajri ,lentils and vegetables.Some of the popular dishes are Puran Poli,Batata vada, Misal Pav, pav bhaji. From this wide range of foods, I chose Zunka to make with the secret ingredients.

Zunka

Zunka is a traditional dish which is usually had with roti.Zunka is made with Besan/ Chickpea Flour as a main ingredient. This is so delicious, spicy easy to make dish with lots of onions and green chili.I also served this with Dosa which tastes great.I adapted this recipe from this site.

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How did I make this

As I said, this is an easy and simple recipe. You will need just  basic ingredients to make this. Make a paste of besan/chickpea flour with spices powders. Saute’ onions,green chilies and garlic then mix the besan mix. Garnish with lots of cilantro. Serve with Sweet Potato RotiPalak RotiCilantro ChapathiCarrot Chapathi.

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INGREDIENTS

Besan/Chickpea Flour – 1/2 Cup

Onions – 1/2 Cup

Green Chili – 2 Nos

Garlic Pods – 2 Chopped

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 Tsp

Cumin – 1/4 Tsp

Asafoetida – a pinch

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 Tsp

Red Chili Powder – 1 Tsp

Salt – As required

Oil – 3 Tbsn

Cilantro – To Garnish

METHOD

  • Mix besan, red Chili powder and salt in a bowl. Add 1 cup water and whisk to make a batter without any lumps.
  • In a pan or kadai,heat oil.
  • Add mustard seeds. When it crackle,add cumin seeds.
  • Add green chili,asafoetida,onions and turmeric powder.
  • Saute’ till onions turn translucent.
  • Add the besan mixture to it and mix stir in low flame.
  • Check for salt.
  • The mixture starts thickening and leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil and cover it for few minutes.
  • The raw smell of besan should go away.
  • Add chopped cilantro and switch off.
  • Serve warm with roti.

NOTES

  1. Adjust green chili and red chili powder as per your spice requirements.
  2. You can also Whole Red Chili.
  3. After adding the besan mixture,turn the flame to low or the mixture will not cook and it gets thicken.
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Zunka - A Maharashtrian dish

Zunka is a traditional dish which is usually had with roti.Zunka is made with Besan/ Chickpea Flour as a main ingredient
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Besan, Indian, Side dish, Zunka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Lathiya Shanmugasundaram

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Besan/Chickpea Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Onions Chopped
  • 2 Nos Green Chili Chopped
  • 2 Nos Garlic Pods Chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Asafoetida a Pinch
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  • Salt As Required
  • 3 Tbsn Oil
  • Cilantro As required

Instructions

  • Mix besan, red Chili powder and salt in a bowl. Add 1 cup water and whisk to make a batter without any lumps.
  • In a pan or kadai,heat oil.
  • Add mustard seeds. When it crackle,add cumin seeds.
  • Add green chili,asafoetida,onions and turmeric powder.
  • Saute' till onions turn translucent.
  • Add the besan mixture to it and mix stir in low flame.
  • Check for salt.
  • The mixture starts thickening and leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil and cover it for few minutes.
  • The raw smell of besan should go away.
  • Add chopped cilantro and switch off.
    Serve warm with roti.

Notes

  1. Adjust green chili and red chili powder as per your spice requirements.
  2. You can also Whole Red Chili.
  3. After adding the besan mixture,turn the flame to low or the mixture will not cook and it gets thicken.

PIN ZUNKA FOR LATER

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Sending this recipe to Fiesta Friday this week co hosted by Alex and Zeba

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22 Comments

  1. So delicious.. Easy to make yet amazing in taste. We make with out onion garlic and bit change in recipe. Can have it daily… Delicious

    1. Ya,this is the first time I’m making it and loved it instantly.Thank you dear

  2. I love zunka! This looks just perfect – too delicious!

  3. I haven’t come across this before but it sounds so tasty! It’s definitely something I’d love to try out.

    1. Thank you Corina..Hope you will give a try

  4. Isn’t this dish so so so amazing, pretty easy to make and so flavorful! I too couldn’t resist making it since my partner mentioned it. The fact that it can be made within a few minutes is so appealing. Love how you’ve clicked it on the tawa.

    1. Thank you Mayuri..I loved the simplicity of this dish and how easy to make it..I’m glad you noticed the tawa

  5. Yummy and delicious. Zunka is a favourite in my house with some rice or bajra bhakri. You have made it so nicely and done full justice to the secret ingredients.

    1. Thank you so much Renu..I’m glad I got to know this dish because of our group and the ingredients you gave …Loved to know that it can be had with rice too..

  6. I like how something like besan can be used to make a curry. This is a nice recipe to try for lazy nights and when you run out of stocks in the kitchen…

    1. Absolutely…How easy it is right? Thank you

  7. Ultimate comfort food for me Lathiya . This with bhari, fresh onions and pickle— yummmm ! very well made too 🙂

  8. Zunka looks droll worthy.. A must recipe in Maharashtra cuisine. U made it soo perfectly..

  9. Zunka with loads of onion is my all time favourite side dish for rotis, simple yet a delicious gluten free dish to try without any fail.

  10. Beautifully done zunka. I love it when zunka has loads of onion. Bhakari and zunka heaven on earth. Lovely share.

  11. Lathi, with a simple ingredient like besan, one can come up with such a delicious main course option for the entire family. This is precisely what I love about Zunka. Loved that you took part, tried something authentic from the cuisine and loved it too.

    1. Absolutely Vidhya, I can’t agree more…such simple ingredient. I was skeptical when trying but loved it ..Thank you for the wonderful event

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