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Feb. 27, 2017

Traditional Maharashtrian and spicy, the Zunka is considered by many as a dry version of the famous pitla. It is like a curry of ginger, green chillies, garlic, onions and coriander perked up with a very flavourful tempering. Although a variety of spices are used, the curry leaves in the tempering lends a classic, aromatic touch to this subzi. Serve it right off the stove with bhakri, thecha and buttermilk, as it will get dry if left for long.


Besan 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Oil 3 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger 1 Teaspoon , chopped finely
Green chillies 2 Tablespoon , chopped finely
Garlic 3 Tablespoon , chopped finely
Onions 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Coriander 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Mustard seeds 1/2 Teaspoon (for tempering)
Curry leaves 10 (for tempering)
Dry red chillies 2 (for tempering)



1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds.

2. When the seeds crackle, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

3. Add the ginger, green chillies, garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 5 minutes.

4. Add the turmeric powder, besan and salt, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

5. Add 1 cups of hot water and mix well. Cover with alid and cook on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

6. Add the coriander, mix well and keep aside.

7. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds, asafoetida and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.

8. Add the curry leaves and red chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

9. Add the tempering to the zunka and mix well.


10. Serve immediately with chawal bhakri.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 244Calories from Fat 119

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.5%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 120 mg5%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g8%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet