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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.

Zunka recipe - How to make Zunka

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  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 1½ cups of hot water and mix well. Cover with a lid 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.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy272 cal
Protein9 g
Carbohydrates28.4 g
Fiber6.6 g
Fat13.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium33.1 mg
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 on 27 Dec 17 08:45 PM

Namaste aunty aapki recipe jordaar h Gajab ka khana bana Dhanyawad
Tarla Dalal
28 Dec 17 09:24 AM
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 on 10 Jan 14 10:59 AM

This famous maharashtrian dish is available everwhere on the streets of mumbai and I was always curious as to how its made! this recipe seemed like its perfect replica..only a healthier one! I found the zunka very tasty and went well with bhakri and onions ofcourse!