Friday, August 31, 2018

Jhunka - A north Karnataka Sidedish

  For this August 2018 Ssshhhh secretly cooking , the theme was to cook Karnataka dish and I was paired with  Kirti Singhal of. She gave me Besan and the ingredient of my choice as secret ingredient.

Jhunka is a besan based curry similar to Bombay chutney. It is a common dish in North Karnataka and Maharashtra. It is also called as Pitle . In karnataka it is a sidedish for Jowar Roti.

  Addition of green peas , coconut and capsicum is the difference between this dish and Bombay chutney.

Requirements :

  4 tbs Besan flour
  1 Onion
  1 Tomato
 3 Green chilli
 A handful of fresh peas
 2 tbs Fresh Grated coconut
 2 tbs Vegetable oil
 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
 1 tsp chilli powder
 1 tsp cumin seeds
 Salt to taste
 1/2 of a capsicum
 A sprig of curry leaf
 Chopped coriander leaves

Method :

 Peel and chop the onion finely.
 Chop green chillies , capsicum and tomato.
 Heat oil in a kadai , add in mustard seeds and wait till it splutters. Then add cumin seeds , green chilli and curry leaves , give a quick stir.
Now , add the chopped onion and fry till it becomes translucent.
Add in tomato and saute.
Add the green peas , chilli powder and salt , stir well.
Mix the besan flour with half a cup of water without any lumps .
Add this besan mixture to the kadai and add another half cup of water , let it boil on low flame.
Add in the required salt .
When the curry boils , add the grated coconut and chopped capsicum and switch off the flame.
Capsicum is added in the last to avoid it becoming mushy.
Add the chopped coriander and serve with Jowar roti.


  1. One more interesting dish from Karnataka cuisine, and again one that I have not tasted or tried to make. The ingredients list is intriguing - onion gravy, green peas, tomato, capsicum and coconut, all held together with besan! This Junka is going onto my 'Must Make' list for sure!

  2. Love this version of Zunka with vegetables in it. I am sure it is a real comfort food.

  3. Wow Sharanya, such a lovely tempting chutney, something so different and easy to make. Love the name too. We make something similar but thinner to have with ganthia.

  4. Looks interesting and would go with any flatbreads or even the south indian breakfasts.

  5. Wow I was not knowing Jhunka, is also a dish in Karnataka. Looks tempting

  6. Ever comforting curry with many variations n unbeatable combo for poori chapati urs look too yummy 😋

  7. The jhunka looks really good! I can imagine how beautiful it would taste with some piping hot bhakris! :)

  8. I always look for new type of side dishes for rotis and this is something I am reading for the first time. Bokmarked and I am going to try them.

  9. I make this dish with some onions. I will try your lovely version with peas and tomatoes. Coconut is the surprise addition to this dish for me. :)

  10. Perfect side dish to serve with Roti or Dosa. Sounds delicious !

  11. I can imagine the taste of jhunka with jowar rotti. Yumm. This is so inviting

  12. Pitla or zunka is my all time favourite being a Maharashtrian. Your pictures are making me hungry. Did not know though that this dish is made in Karnataka cuisine asas we.