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  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 2 to 4 people
  • Spice Level: Low

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Take care to quickly start mixing after adding the besan batter to avoid the formation of lumps.

Trivia Tadka

Zunka is a traditional recipe that is prepared using besan paste which is then cooked with onions and lots of spices. It is a very popular dish in the Karnataka-Maharashtra border area.


  • Gram flour (besan) (1 cup)
  • Onion, finely chopped (2)
  • Black mustard (sarson ) (1 tsp)
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) (1 tsp)
  • MTR Haldi/Turmeric Powder (1 tsp)
  • MTR Lal Mirch/Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Garlic (lehsun), finely chopped (1 tsp)
  • Dry red chillies (sabut lal mirch) (2)
  • Oil (2 tsp)
  • Coriander leaves (hara dhania) (2 tsp)
  • Curry leaves (kadipatta) (3 to 4)


  • In a deep-bottomed bowl, add in the besan along with some water to make a smooth mixture. Also toss in the MTR Lal Mirch/Red Chilli Powder, MTR Haldi/Turmeric Powder, hara dhania and kadi patta. Mix well.
  • In a kadhai, heat the oil. Then, toss in the sarson, jeera, sukhi lal mirch, chopped garlic and keep cooking till the garlic has changed colour.
  • Next, add in the chopped onions and keep cooking till their colour has changed to brown.
  • Now, quickly mix in the besan mixture.
  • Add in salt and keep stirring briskly for about 5 mins, or till all the water has evaporated.
  • Zunka is now ready to be relished with bhakri.

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