Zunka or jhunka recipe

Zunka is a traditional Maharashtrian side dish, but it is also popular  dish in North Karnataka.  Zunka is best served with  jowar or bajra rotis or even with plain rotis.  Zunka recipe is a very simple dish and easy to make too.  It is also called as pitla.  It is a daily diet of people living in rural Maharashtra.  Zunka is made by gram flour, onions and mixed with spices.


  • Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds/rai - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin/jeera seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green chillies - 2 (chopped finely)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Gram flour/besan - 1 cup
  • Onions - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 string of curry leaves
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tablespoons
  • Water - 1 1/2 to 2 cups
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

How to make zunka recipe FOR MAKING WATERY PASTE OR GHOL Take a bowl. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, curry leaves, coriander leaves, onions and mix well. Add water slowly and stir continously so that no lumps are formed. Keep aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.

Step 3

Add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and stir fry till onions become light brown.

Step 4

Add watery paste and stir continously on a low flame till it turns into a thick mixture.

Step 5

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a low flame for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 6

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with bhakris or rotis.



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