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Monday, May 16, 2016

Maharashtrian Style Tasty Zunka Recipe

Summers is practically here so that means you'll need fresh salads, juices and a light food. This quick and easy Maharashtrian-inspired dish is perfect as it is quick, inexpensive, easy to make and importantly light and tasty meal. It is basically prepared by using besan or gram flour and it takes less than 10 minutes to cook. 

Zunka is one of my new favorite homemade recipes! This was my first attempt and it turned out delicious. I remember me and my friends always used to visit Zunka Bhakar at Nariman point for this flavorful and balanced dish. My husband is not so fond of trying multicultural food, but this side dish was totally welcoming on our dinner table.

All you need is gram flour and combine all the Indian spices with a touch of fresh cilantro. I make it at least once a month when I need a quick meal. I love a meal that only dirties one pot because although I love to cook, but I don't love to clean!

Maharashtrian Style Tasty Zunka Recipe 

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Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

1/2 cup Gram flour or Besan
1 small size, finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds or zeera
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander leaves or cilantro for garnishing
Pinch of asafoetida or hing
Salt to taste


  • In a pan, heat oil and add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds and 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
  • Now add finely chopped onions and a pinch of asafoetida or hing. Saute till the onions turn transparent. Now add 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon red chili powder and saute for a few seconds.
  • Now slowly add besan or gram flour and mix it properly on a low flame. Splash little water and mix the gram flour until it becomes a smooth thick paste. 
  • Cover the pan and splash a little water after every 4 minutes. Remove the lid and saute until the mixture starts leaving oil from the sides. Add salt and adjust the seasoning.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with bhakar. Bhakar is basically a traditional Maharashtrian roti prepared by using jowar grain.
You can even dry roast the gram flour and mix it with water to form a smooth lump-free paste. I have cut down time by directly adding gram flour into the onion mixture. You can also add boiled green peas and spring onions.

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