Jhunka/Zunka / Pithle - Authentic North Karnataka and Maharashtra Recipe

How to Prepare Maharashtrian Style Pithale-Bhakri
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Hello Foodies,
           A mouthwatering, healthy and spicy feast for spicy food lovers. Maharashtrian pithla is a

vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and healthy curry recipe. Mainly pithale prepares using besan/chickpeas flour and is often serves with bhakri, bhat (rice) along with green chili thecha. The consistency of Pithal can be changed according to the way you want to enjoy it. It can be runny, thick like curry or it may be dry. The dry version with Red Chilli Powder is called zunka. We love to eat this pithala with jowar/bajra  Bhakri, or with rice, onion, and spicy and mouth-watering green chili thecha. Preparing Pithal doesn't take a long time, it's an instant curry recipe, when there are no vegetables in the refrigerator or when you were in a hurry.

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : Indian (Maharashtrian)
Prep Time : 5 Minutes
Cook Time : 15 Minutes
Total Time : 20 Minutes.
Servings: 4
Each Serving of Pithale: 140 Cal.
Dietary Comment : Vegan, Gluten-free. 

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Ingredients :

  1. Besan / Gram flour / Chickpeas Flour ½ cup
  2. Onion 1, chopped
  3. Green chili and garlic paste 1 Tsp
  4. Cumin seeds 1 Tsp
  5. Mustard seeds 1 Tsp
  6. Curry leaves 10-12
  7. Salt 1 Tsp
  8. Turmeric powder 1 Tsp
  9. Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp, chopped
  10. Veg.oil 2 Tbsp
  11. Water as needed 

Instructions :

  1. In a bowl mix besan and a half cup of water and keep aside (make a lump-free batter).
  2. Heat oil in a pan/kadhai and splutter cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
  3. Now add chopped onion, saute and cook until onion turns a light brown color.
  4. Add garlic-green chili paste, turmeric powder, salt and half of the coriander leaves and mix well.
  5. Now, add 2 cups of water and saute well and bring it to boil.
  6. Add prepared besan batter and cook on low to medium flame stirring continuously until it thickens up a little or cooks for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Add chopped coriander leaves, mix well and pithale is ready to serve.
  8. Serve this Maharashtrian style pithale with bhakri and green chilies thecha and with rice. Enjoy!! 


Dietary Comments :

Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Per serving contains 140 calories, along with carbohydrates - 14 g, fats - 8.16 g, proteins - 4.1 g.

Health Benefits of Pithale :

  1. A healthy alternative for Gluten, besan does not contain gluten, it is a great substitute for wheat and other gluten-containing grains, for those people who are allergic to gluten.
  2. Besan is high protein content, so it is a very good protein supplement for vegetarians to fulfill their protein needs.
  3. Heart Health: it has high soluble fiber content which is beneficial for the health of the heart and help in lowering the cholesterol level of the body.
  4. Diabetes: it has a low glycemic index, it is great food for diabetics. 
  5. Good source of iron, consumption of besan on a daily basis can help your body recover from iron deficiencies like anemia.

Good Time to Eat :
          It's good to eat pithale for lunch and dinner.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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