Z is for Zunka – A to Z Challenge 2020

Zunka – Jhunka – Pithla – Pithle!

There are so many words to describe this beautiful dish. It’s friendly for people who don’t like biting much and is also known as a chickpea flour porridge. Well, now that makes sense, doesn’t it?

The main ingredient that goes into making Jhunka would be Besan, Oil, multiple spices & herbs. As it’s served with bhakri roti, you’ll often find this dish titled “Jhunka Bhakar”. If you live in Maharashtra, you’ve surely heard this name more than once.

Considered to be the peasant food in Maharashtra, you will be surprised to know that everyone likes it. It’s not just limited to peasants and even regular households will make this tasty food once a while.

Jhunka Bhakar in Mumbai:

If you are looking for Zunka / Jhunka Bhakar near me in Mumbai, then rejoice as there are tons of them spread across the city. Unfortunately due to the lockdown, it doesn’t seem like these places will open up. All we can do now is wait.

Zunka Recipe:

Here are some of the best Zunka recipes in Hindi, Marathi, and English. Happy cooking!

Marathi (Video) – Madhura’s Recipe

English – Archana’s Kitchen

Hindi – Bold Sky

As this is my last post in the series, I would like to thank all of my readers who visited my blog and tried a few recipes. It gave me immense joy to see my insights and find link clicks on so many recipes. I’m glad I could be of help. If you have any doubts or requests, do check out the CONTACT ME page and we can discuss it.

Until then, Au Revoir!

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Here are my past posts for the A to Z Challenge from the year 2015 to 2020. I hope you like the content!

14 thoughts on “Z is for Zunka – A to Z Challenge 2020”

  1. I am a Maharashtrian and this is such a comfort meal. If we see the plate then it looks complete in itself. Even with basis dishes, nothing fancy it hold its own special place.

    1. Hey Alpana, that’s great to know! I would like to take this moment to thank you for being a constant support. You’ve read each of my blogs and always commented. I highly appreciate it. Thank you so much.

  2. Such a delicious recipe. I have lived in Maharashtra for a long time and just love this comfort food. Thank you for sharing some amazing recipes in this series. Best wishes!

    1. Hey Jyoti, glad to know that. Thank you so much for visiting my blogs during this challenge and commenting on it!

  3. Being a hardcore “Marathi mulagi”, Zunaka is one of my favourite food. Its versatile as well. It goes well with chapati/ roti/ bhakari and tests best when one has dollop of home made butter with it and thecha! Your post made me salivate…
    Congratulations on successful completion of the challenge.

    1. Hey Anagha, since morning you’re the 5th person telling me about this. I remember the impact thecha has and damn it’s good. No point salivating. I guess it’s time to start making it… What say?

  4. Congratulations on successfully completing the A to Z Challenge!
    I was introduced to this dish in last year’s AtoZ- it’s a popular choice for this letter with food themes! I have never tried it though.
    I missed your series this time, but will go through some of the posts at leisure, as I’m always looking for interesting recipes to try.

    1. Hey Noor, thank you so much for visiting and the wishes.
      It’s the 6th time I’ve finished this challenge.
      But this is the only time I’ve tried adding recipes in posts. To make it easier for you check posts from the letter L onward for recipes.

      Also, I did have zucchini in mind. But Zunka beats it anyday! What say?

  5. I have never had this, but it sounds amazing!

    Congratulations on reaching z.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

    1. lancequadras

      Hey there, it’s one of the basic food options in Mumbai, India. Try it out sometime! I’ve added some recipes too.

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