Zhan- zhanit zhunka, give it to me anyday! It is a very typical recipe followed by many in and around Maharashtra. Shanbhag’s Mom taught me how to make it. This recipe has lots of vegetables in it. So its as I like my food to be: super healthy, super easy and super delicious.
1 onion chopped,
3-4 green onions chopped,
a handful florets of cauliflower chopped into small pieces,
1 tomato chopped,
spices: mustard seeds(raai), cumin seeds (jeera)
green hot pepper (As many as you like- we added two jalapenos for this recipe, it was spicy enough)
3-4 cups cold water,
2-3 tbsp chick peas flour (besan)
2-3 tbsp oil
goda masala (a dark colored blend of spices- its ok if you don’t have it)
other vegetables of your choice (optional)
First in heated oil, drop the mustard and the cumin. Roast it, till you hear popping sound of the mustard seeds and the sizzle of the cumin seeds. Add hot peppers to this, fry sometime, add the onions and green onions. Fry on medium high (as if you are stir-frying). In a couple minutes add the cauliflower, mix and add the tomatoes. When the onions are translucent, add 2 cups cold water, and cook and cover till the cauliflower is crunchy, or almost done. At this point, mix the besan in a bowl of cold water, mix well, and add it to the vegetables. Now mix well, continuously stirring, so that no lumps are formed. Add salt and a teaspoon of the goda masala and thats it! Your garam-garam spicy hot zhunka is ready!
If you do not have any vegetables, you can only put onions and this recipe will taste great anyway!
Serve with Bhakri ( another typical recipe which compliments this zhunka, made with different kinds of flours) or rice or plain chapatis (basic indian wheat tortilla).