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Traditional Maharashtrian and spicy, the Zunka is considered by many as a dry version of the famous pitla. It is like a curry of ginger, green chillies, garlic, onions and coriander perked up with a very flavourful tempering. Although a variety of spices are used, the curry leaves in the tempering lends a classic, aromatic touch to this subzi. Serve it right off the stove with bhakri, thecha and buttermilk, as it will get dry if left for long.
- Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
- Add the ginger, green chillies, garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 5 minutes.
- Add the turmeric powder, besan, salt, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add 1½ cups of hot water, mix well and cover and cook on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the coriander, mix well and keep aside.
- For the tempering, heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds, asafoetida and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Add the curry leaves, red chillies and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
- Add the tempering to the zunka and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
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