Sujatha Prakash

JHUNKA is a traditional Maharashtrian dish which is very easy to make and goes well with Rice and Chapati. It is also called as Pitla. There is a dry version to this as well.



  • Gram Flour/Besan - 1 ½ cups
  • Onion - 1 Pc. (Chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 2 Pcs (Chopped)
  • Red Chilli Powder - ½ table spoon
  • Cooking Oil - 1 table spoon
  • Mustard - ½ table spoon
  • Cumin Seeds/Jeera - ½ table spoon
  • Turmeric Powder - ¼ table spoon
  • Curry Leaves - Few Coriander Leaves
  • 1 table spoon Salt - As required


  • Heat Oil in a Pan/Kadai
  • Add Mustard Seeds. Once the Mustard seeds start to splutter, add Cumin seeds/Jeera, Turmeric Powder and Curry Leaves to it.
  • Add Onion, Green Chillies and cook for 2 minutes till the Onion is fried.
  • Add Red chilli powder to it.
  • Add 3 cups of Water and Salt and let it boil
  • Slowly add the Gram Flour/Basen and keep stirring.  Do not get worried if lumps are formed.  Try to break those lumps if possible.
  • Cook until the Gram Flour is cooked.  Normally, it takes around 5 minutes.  If the mixture becomes thick, add some water and let it cook for few more minutes.  You can also add extra water, if you want the dish to be more liquid, especially if you want to eat with rice.
  • Move it from the Pan/Kadai into a serving vessel and garnish with Coriander leaves.

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