Zunka vadi recipe | How to make north karnataka style jhunka | gram flour curry

By Latha on January 18th, 2016

karnataka style zunka or jhunka recipe

Zunka or Jhunka vadi recipe explained with step by step pictures. This is a very popular curry from North Karnataka, prepared using gram flour, onion and spices. This tasty and simple curry is used as an accompaniment with chapathi or jowar bhakri (jolada rotti). Surprisingly this tasty curry is not at all familiar in South part of Karnataka. But if you have ever tasted "jolada rotti oota" in Bengaluru Kamath hotels, you have definitely tasted this without knowing what it is and how it is made up of.

Zunka or jhunka vadi is tasty and very easy to prepare. This Junuka has many forms, depending on the quantity of water used. It can have thick paste consistency, very dry consistency or it can be in between like how I have explained here. In the thick paste consistency 1 cup gram flour is mixed with 2 cups of water and then it is cooked. In the dry version gram flour is roasted and finally the water is sprinkled. You can add finely chopped ginger, garlic or asafoetida for better digestion.

I learnt this recipe from my dear friend Veena, who is from belgaum. Try this recipe, I am sure you will definitely love it.

If you are looking for more north Karnataka recipes then do check my Ennegayi palya, putani undi, mirchi bajji, menthe palle, benne dosa and girmit recipes. Or if you are looking for more Karnataka style curry recipes then visit our curries section.

North Karnataka style Zunka or Jhunka recipe

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 3

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 150ml)

  1. 2 cup gram flour
  2. 1 big onion
  3. 1-2 tsp red chili powder / 1 tsp green chili paste
  4. 5-6 curry leaves
  5. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
  7. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  8. 3/4 cup water (+1/4 cup if not using milk)
  9. 1/4 cup milk (optional)
  10. 8-10 tsp cooking oil
  11. 1 tsp sugar (or as per your taste)
  12. 1 tsp salt (or as per your taste)
  13. 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

Instructions for making Zunka or Jhunka:

  1. Chop onion, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Sieve the gram flour. chop onion and sieve gram flour for zunka or jhunka
  2. Take oil in a frying pan, add cumin and mustard seeds. When cumin seed splutters add chopped onion and curry leaves. Fry till the onions are soft.fry mustard cumin and onion for jhunka
  3. When onions turn soft, add turmeric powder and red chili powder. Saute it for a while. Then add 3/4th cup of water and 1/4 cup of milk. If you are not using milk add 1 cup of water. powders and water for zunka or jhunka
  4. Add salt and sugar. Bring it to boil. salt and sugar for zunka or jhunka
  5. When the water starts boiling, add 2 cups of gram flour and mix well. Reduce the flame at this stage. adding gram flour for zunka or jhunka
  6. After mixing for few minutes add 2 tsp of oil and mix again. Transfer it to a plate, make it into pieces or serve as it is with chapathi or jowar bhakri(jolada rotti). cutting zunka or jhunka vadi

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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