Heirloom recipe- Earthy Zunaka ! Today’s 7 minute healthy recipe!

 serves 4

Nutritous Broccoli Zunka in 7 minutes!
Nutritious Broccoli Zunka in 7 minutes!

Recipes passed down the generations are my treasured heirlooms. They have been passed down from my grandmothers to my mother and from my incredibly talented mother,  to me. I am happy that now my son and daughter are following the same recipes- well, for some recipes, essentially the same. I have modified some recipes for them so they are easy to make in todays hectic world and are also healthier ( at least that is what I think) versions of the original recipe. And you know me! I am not willing to compromise on the original taste of these dishes. Zunaka is one such dish. Some of the other dishes that I have posted like rice bowl with fish curry , Pithaley and rice bowl with potato curry  are also heirloom recipes that I have simplified.

Zunaka is a vegetable dish that is very popular in Maharashtra, India. Mention Zunaka to any Maharashtrian and they will tell you that it is the most earthy food that they can think of. Zunaka is a staple food of the farmers and for folks living along the country side and is eaten with warm and toasty bread called bhakri. Zunaka is made generally with some fresh greens like scallions which are spiced and combined with besan or gram flour, which adds the protein content to the dish.

I have used broccoli here as I like the texture of the crisp broccoli in the zunaka, not to mention it being nutrient rich. Fennel seeds and amchoor (dried mango powder) are not traditional to Maharashtrian cuisine but I love how these two ingredients juxtapose with the taste of besan.

Enjoy this quick and easy 7 minute microwave recipe that I am glad I developed ! My family loves it so much that I get asked to make it again and again! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

Ingredients-

  • 1½ tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  •  ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida powder
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 5 or 6 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder ( or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seed powder
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli,florets and stems
  • salt to taste
  • 1¼ tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder)
  • 1/2 cup besan mixed with 1/2 cup laddoo besan

To make the zunka-

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the 1½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil with the next 11 ingredients. Microwave on high for  2minutes. My pictures are not that great, but they will give you an idea of what the mixture looks like.

    2. Add the broccoli, salt, brown sugar and amchur powder . Mix well and microwave again on high for another minute.

 

 

Broccoli and salt added to the mix

 

3. Add the combined besans and mix well. Besan and ladoo besan added to the crunchy cooked broccoli

4. Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes on high. Stir well and microwave for another minute.

5. Drizzle the zunka with 1 teaspoon of the extra virgin olive oil and microwave for one minute more. 7 minutes total in the microwave!

Yummy zunka is ready!

Enjoy!

Love,

Sandhya

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe Sandhya!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. Loretta says:

    Great ingredients in this dish Sandhya, although I must confess, I’ve never heard of zunaka. By the way, weren’t you the one asking about the Blogging 101 course? I’m so fully absorbed in it, there’s just a wealth of information out there, and best of all you get to meet some great folks from around the world. I’d highly encourage it, time permitting of course 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Loretta for your kind words and for the information. I did start the Blogging 101 course after you sent me the information but have not been able to keep up. Will try to catch up!

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  3. Ginger says:

    This looks lovely! I love to read about family recipes and how they are handed down, with each generation adding a little change to make it work for them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Ginger! Yes I love heirloom recipes too! there is something so warm about the next generation enjoying the recipes that were handed down for so many generations before us.

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  4. Oh…. There is some thing so wonderful about hot Zunka on a cold winter day or rainy day. I have gone on many a trek around Maharashtra just for the Zunka, Bhakar and Thecha that is available at the end of the trek. 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Aruna,
      I love the zunka , bhakri and thecha too!

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