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Jhunka (Zunka) Or Pithale: A Spicy Protein-Rich Desi Delight From Maharashtra (Video Recipe Inside)

Jhunka (Zunka) Or Pithale: A Spicy Protein-Rich Desi Delight From Maharashtra (Video Recipe Inside)

Protein-rich desi recipe: Zunka is a savoury spicy porridge made from besan or gram flour

Highlights
  • Zunka or jhunka is a savoury porridge made from gram flour
  • Zunka is popular in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka
  • Watch how to make protein-rich zunka at home

Gram flour, or chana dal flour, is known as besan and it is one of the most widely known flours in the desi culinary repertoire. Besan is made from ground chana dal or split Bengal gram, also known as chickpea. It’s a great alternative flour for refined wheat flour and maida. Besan is gluten-free and rich in healthy nutrients, among which two of the most important ones are dietary fibre and protein. No wonder that besan is used to make a whole variety of dishes, both sweet and savoury. From pakodas to crepe-like chillas to even halwas, ladoos etc., besan is star-ingredient used in numerous dishes. One such dish is the zunka or pithale, which is a savoury porridge-like dish that is served with traditional Indian flatbread bhakri.

The zunka or jhunka is a dish that is popular in the western states of Maharashtra and Goa as well as the neighbouring South Indian state of Karnataka