Zunka Bhakri | How to make Zunka Bhakri

By Poonam Bachhav  |  30th Mar 2016  |  
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About Zunka Bhakri Recipe

Zunka is a traditional Maharashtrian dish which is usually paired with and tastes best with a thick flat bread made of Bajra known as Bhakri. Zunka Bhakri comprises a daily diet of people in rural part of Maharashtra, especially the farmers.

Zunka Bhakri, a marvelous creation to spice up your day. The relishing flavours, the appealing texture and the amazing aroma of Zunka Bhakri is just mouth-watering. This amazing recipe is provided by Poonam Bachhav. Be it kids or adults, no one can resist this delicious dish. How to make Zunka Bhakri is a question which arises in people's mind quite often. So, this simple step by step Zunka Bhakri recipe by Poonam Bachhav. Zunka Bhakri can even be tried by beginners. A few secret ingredients in Zunka Bhakri just makes it the way it is served in restaurants. Zunka Bhakri can serve 2 people. So, the next time you have a get together or a party at home, don't forget to check and try out Zunka Bhakri.

Zunka Bhakri

Ingredients to make Zunka Bhakri

  • For Zunka:
  • 1 cup gram flour (Besan)
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic pods chopped
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 1 red chili
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • For Bhakri :
  • 1 cup Bajra (Finger millet) flour
  • salt to taste
  • Warm water as per need
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

How to make Zunka Bhakri

  1. In a wok, heat up the oil on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, once they splutter add the cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds crackle, now add the green chillies and red chillies followed by the chopped garlic.
  2. Saute for a while and add the hing and turmeric powder. Now add the chopped onions and half of the coriander leaves. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the gram flour, red chilli powder. Add about 2 cups of water little at a time as you whisk the flour . There should be no lumps in the batter. The batter should be like the one we use for making fritters ( pakodas).
  4. Add this batter over the onions in the wok. Add in salt and mix the mixture very well. Lower the flame and keep stirring. Stir until the mixture thickens and starts leaving the pan.
  5. At this stage cover the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a low flame. Put off the flame and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. The zunka is ready!
  6. To prepare the bhakri, in a mixing bowl take the finger millet flour, add the sesame seeds and salt and mix it well. Now using warm water, knead into a soft dough.
  7. Divide the dough into two parts. You may add some more sesame seeds if you wish. Now dust the working surface with some bajra flour, take one portion of the dough ball and flatten it using your palms. Now pat it using your palms to flatten it.
  8. This is the traditional way. Now pick up the bhakri delicately and place it over the heated tava or pan. Apply a little water all over the upper side of the bhakri with hand. Now cook the bhakri on a medium heat from both the sides.
  9. Roast until light brown spots appear on the bhakri. At the last roast the bhakri on the open flame for a few seconds and take it off. Apply butter over it.
  10. Serve the nutritious and tasty Bajrichi Bhakri with Zunka, salad and pickle.

My Tip:

Those who do not know the traditional technique to make Bhakri, they can apply some oil on 2 plastic sheets and place the dough ball between the two sheets and delicately roll with the help of a rolling pin.

Reviews for Zunka Bhakri (1)

Shalini Dubey3 years ago

wow! something new to try :D