How to make Jhunka | Jhunka/Zunka or Pitla is a traditional and popular dish of the state of Maharashtra, India. This vegan and gluten-free dish is prepared with besan (gram flour) and so easy and simple to prepare.

After so many years, on JCO we are having a guest here, that means we have a new recipe for you guys.  A very good friend of mine and fellow food blogger Jayashree of Evergreen Dishes is with us. A humble, but an enthusiastic friend whom I virtually met through one of the food group on Facebook and straightaway I knew that we both share the same passion and that is food, food and only food. We became friends when we decided to create our own group 'Desi Bloggers Connect' where we like-minded people blog hop and leave a comment on fellow bloggers blog. According to SEO experts, the more comments you receive and more engagement on your blog, your blog is more visible on Google search.

Jayashree is a food blogger from India. She believes in living life to the fullest. She loves cooking and writing, thus her blog www.evergreendishes.com was born. She is the author of e-books, "30 Tasty Dal Recipes", "South Indian Breakfast" and "Breadbasket". It is available on Amazon. Besides writing recipes, she also writes poems and short stories.

Jayashree over to you!

Hello all, 

At the outset, I want to thank Jagruti for giving me an opportunity to write in her place. When birds of the same kind meet, they build a kind of bonding and friendship, a mere eight months and we three friends, seem to know since many years. It's really been wonderful meeting and interacting with her. Sapana, Jagruti and myself together have formed a group for Food Bloggers on Facebook by the name "Desi Bloggers Connect". Thus, our discussions are mainly about blogging and the related activities.

Jagruti is a dedicated blogger who loves cooking to the core. I love her recipes and it is indeed an honour to share one of mine here. Karnataka is very much influenced by the neighbouring states, places near the state of Maharashtra relish and have a lot of influence of Maharashtra. Similarly, places near to the state of Andhra, have influence of that state. Today, I bring you a popular Maharashtrian dish, Jhunka, which is famous here also.  I make it quite often as an accompaniment with chapati.

It is a tasty dish made from gram flour. It pairs well with rice as well as chapati. Jhunka is mainly of two kinds: Gravy and Dry. 

Making of Jhunka needs a little practice. Today, I am presenting to you the Gravy kind of Jhunka. 

Without much ado, let me get to the recipe for you. 

Besan, Side dish, easy recipe, Marathi food, Vegan, Gluten free dishes,
Sabji, side dish, Maharashtra cuisine , Lunch, lunch box
Maharashtra - Karnataka
Yield: 4-5 servingsPin it


prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins
Jhunka/Zunka or Pitla is a very popular homely dish of Maharashtra but also prepared in neighbouring such as Karnataka. This vegan and a gluten-free dish is so easy and simple to prepare.


  • 1/2 cup gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 onion 
  • a few curry leaves
  • coriander chopped
  • 2 cup water
  • salt


  1. Cut the onion finely.
  2. Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, as it splutters, put cumin, turmeric and asafoetida. Add chilly pieces and curry leaves.  Now, put the onions and saute for two minutes.
  3. Add water. Put salt and coriander to it. In the meantime, keep the gram flour ready in a bowl. 
  4. Once the water boils, slowly sprinkle gram flour, a little at a time. Keep stirring with a spatula by the right hand, otherwise, lumps will be formed.
  5. Let boil for a few minutes. Add some water if the consistency is thick.
  6. Jhunka is ready to serve.


If lumps are formed, sprinkle some water and give a stir. 
The consistency is neither too thick nor thin. 
Red chilly powder may be used instead of green chilly.
Onions may be avoided.
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  1. I love jhunka.. Make it often and relish with bhakri.

  2. Wow..such an easy recipe! Never had this before. Will definitely try this :)

  3. Quite a new recipe for me...shall be trying it out soon

  4. Zunka and Pithla are both huge favorites in our home. Glad to see this wholesome dish from Maharashtra.
    So happy to be part of Desi Bloggers connect!

  5. It's an extremely easy and healthy recipe. I love such simple recipes which can be made in a jiffy.

  6. As a child, I always enjoyed Jhunka with jolada rotti. Such a simple and healthy recipe.

  7. Jhunka with some rotis will definitely makes my tummy full rite now. Such a delicious and easy side dish. Looks fabulous and beautiful guest post.

  8. beautifully made. As a child I love my fathers zunka more than my moms.

  9. I am totally new to this recipe, the name itself sounds different to me. Looks like easy, gluten free and yummy recipe. Being South Indian, I am not aware of many recipes which are popular from other states. This blogging platform really helps people like me, who are interested to try different new recipes.

  10. I love to make such simple recipes which can be made in no time....In my recent visit to Ahmedabad, I had it with Bhakri at a friends place and loved it...Amazing share!!

  11. I Love Junka and use to make it quite often. Have not made it for a long time. Your post is tempting me to try soon. Looks delicious.

  12. Being a Maharashtrian, Zunka and Pitla are my favourite since childhood..I love Pitla with hot steamed rice and it's dry version Zunka with bajra bhakri..lovely share !

  13. Thankyou so much for the opportunity to write on your blog Jagruti. This is one of my hubbys favourite dishes.

  14. Being in pune city I have developed my love for jhunkha bhakhri and pithla. I love this combination. so quick and easy to make.

  15. Jhunka has been in my to do list since ages and now Thanks to Jayashree I have a nice recipe to try. It was a wonderful journey with you two since we started Desi bloggers connect and I wish many more successful years for our group.

  16. My love for this dish comes frm my mom who used to make this quickly on a rainy day as soon as she was back from work. Loved the simplicity of it... now i make it too.

  17. My mother in law used to make a similar kind of dish but in a different way..though I haven't tried this looks so simple and easy..

  18. Simple and yummy recipe.Love to have it with Bhakri.Simple recipes are always the best. Fab share.


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