BM #63 Day 26 - 

All good things must come to an end. Yes, I am talking about this month long exploration into the fantastic world of Marathi Cuisine. My sincere thanks to my friend, Shalaka, who helped me out every step of the alphabet..er.. way.

For the last letter of the English alphabet, Z, here is an authentic Maharashtrian Zunka. The phrase or the combo Zunka-Bhakri is a very famous and dear to many communities. 

But unfortunately I am out of time to make bhakri for this time, so just enjoy the Zunka while I am off composing the Recap of this series to be posted a couple of days.

I am sorry that this post is a few hours late. The hard disk of my computer crashed and so I am still in a state of shock. I am frantically looking for the backup disk and trying to figure out if the data can be recovered and checking to see when the last backup was. Luckily the pictures for this post were still in my camera and so using my daughter's laptop to publish this post. Hopefully all the data can be recovered and I learn my lesson :). 

Recipe Source here and here
Ingredients - 
Besan / Gram Flour / Senagapindi, sieved 1 cup
Onion, chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger, grated 1 tsp
Garlic, grated 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt and Red Chili powder to taste 
Coriander leaves, chopped 2 Tbsp for garnish
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1 tsp)

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add mustard seeds. After they crackle, add cumin seeds.

Add the grated ginger and garlic and sauted for a few seconds. Toss in the chopped onions and saute until they turn a shade of golden brown.

Sprinkle salt, turmeric and red chili powder. Mix well and gradually add the sieved gram flour while constantly mixing.

Roast the gram flour for a couple minutes making sure no lumps are formed.

Slowly sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of water each time until the whole mixture is just moist. 

Stir the whole mixture well with a strong ladle making sure there are no uncooked lumps of flour.

Sprinkle more water if the mixture dries up. The idea is to keep the mixture moist but not watery. I used about a cup of water in 4-5 installments, so to say.

Cover, reduce the heat and let it steam cook for 4-5 minutes.

Remove the lid, mix well and remove from fire.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with Bhakri or Roti.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 63

Preparation Time 15 min
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, April 30, 2016


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. Sorry to hear about your hard disc. Hope you would be able to recover the data.
    Loved all your Maharashtrian home style meals this marathon, including this zunka. Sounds flavorful and is nutritious.

  3. Oh ,hope you will recover your data.Zunka looks quite filling and delicious.Loved your Maharastrian food series.

  4. Srividhya Says:
  5. Oh mannn.. hope you can recover the data soon. Luckily you had it in the camera.. I once had the memory disk collapsed and lost all mine. ;-(
    Great pick for Z.. No Zucchini. :-) Kudos we all did it.

  6. Hope you recover all the data on the hard drive. Zunka looks very nice and you did not have to do zucchini like most of us did.

  7. I encountered the same problem once but was fortunate enough to restore the pictures. From then I always try to take back up once in a month. Hope you get all your pictures soon. Zunka looks so nice. Loved going through all your Maharashtrian recipes this month.

  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. Hope you recover your data, that must be so terrible!..Zunka looks so good Harini. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, my special thanks to your friend Shalaka for sharing her recipes with us..:)

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. Sorry to hear about your hard disc, hope you will be able to recover the data completely.. Zunka looks fabulous and wonderful pick for Z as well.

  12. Aw ! Sometimes it really gets hard , all the best !
    Zunka is a real hit in our family , and i love the way you have plated it .

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. Zunka is such a popular Maharashtrian dish and you nailed it.
    Hope your computer is fixed soon.

  15. Zunka looks delicious and really enjoyed all of your Maharashtrian dishes this month.
    Hope you recover all your data and your computer gets fixed soon...

  16. Kalyani Says:
  17. a classic dish there , Harini ! good reading ur series and thanks to ur friend Shalaka for so many wonderful dishes too :)

    Hopefully ur comp will be back again soon !

  18. Smruti Ashar Says:
  19. That is a perfect finish to the month full of amazing recipes. Hope you have got all your data back!

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