Zunka (Jhunka)

Zunka is a quick recipe that is tasty and has high protein. It must be eaten hot. This is also called pitla. There is another variation called jhunkad vadi that I’ll post later. This is a good recipe to keep in your back pocket especially when unexpected guests arrive.


2 cups besan flour, 2 medium size onions, 2 table spoon ground chili + garlic paste, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida (hing) , 1 tea spoon turmeric powder ,1 tea spoon cumin powder, ½ cup tamarind paste, 1 table spoon jaggery or brown sugar, 1 table spoon roasted peanut powder, 1/4 cup fresh chopped coriander (cilantro) and salt .


  • Chop onion into small pieces.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a cooking vessel.
  • Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds break or crackle, add a pinch of asafoetida and cut pieces of onion.
  • Allow it to turn brownish on low fire for a couple of minutes.
  • Add ground green chili +garlic paste and turmeric powder, and heat for 2 minutes.
  • Then add 4 cups of water and ½ cup tamarind water.
  • Add 1 table spoon jaggery and  peanut powder and salt to taste.
  • Allow it to boil.
  • To the boiling mixture add besan floor in small portions with constant stirring to prevent lump formation.
  • Close the vessel with a lid and cook  for 5-7 minutes on low fire.
  • Add coriander to garnish.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Adding hing to the seasoning reduces gas formation.
  • You can make a paste of besan in a little water and add that to the water so that it mixes quickly and prevents the formation of lumps.

Typically Served With:

This goes well with chapatis, rotti (bhakri) and sometimes with rice too (depending on your tastes).


7 Responses

  1. Hi ,
    This a great site for North Karnataka Cuisine.I am a big fan of Jolad Rotti meals
    Can you please post the recipe for Junkad vadi?
    It was served along with Jolad Rotti meals @ Bangalore
    Ever since I moved out of Bangalore I have been craving for it 🙂

  2. Thanks Dude…:)

  3. Hi,

    Beautiful recipes of North Karnataka!!

    have eaten them all, but during my childhood days when i used to stay with ajji and aunties/uncles (parents were in abroad)

    I am also from North Karnataka and reading out all your recipes, i wish i could really go there and taste each North Karnataka item once again. I am proud to be a North Karnatakaian.


  4. Hey Harsha,

    Gr8 job done…Keep goin..I luv ur recipes…

    I m a North indian but was brought up in North
    Karnataka….I got all my childhood memories back wen i went thru ur recipes…..I just luv that food…..

    Thanx u so much for sharing ’em

  5. Hi, I am from belgaum and was very happy to see your blog. I feel that North karnataka food has its own flavor as it highly influenced by maharashtrian and goan reigons.

    Keep the good work going,

  6. Hi Harsha,
    Thanks for the recipe. I m an fan of all North Karnataka dishes. Can u please post the recipe for Jhunkad Vadi…

    Hi Divya,
    You can find Jhunkad Vadi at https://girmitt.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/zunkad-vadi/

  7. my husband is from gadag n he loves all dishes from that area so very happy 2 got ur site so that i can fulfil his wish 2 eat zunka….raagi undi…….great job dear

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