Jhunka Vadi | A North Karnataka/ Maharastrian SpecialityWritten by Akshara Hegde
Jhunka Vadi Recipe is a traditional dish from North karnataka and Maharastra. It is popularly known as Pitla and is deliciously healthy. It is also a very popular travel food snack due to its long shelf life.
Makes: 4 to 5 servings
1 cup of gram flour
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1 onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
1 teaspoon sugar
juice from one lemon
oil for cooking
salt to taste
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
4 to 5 curry leaves
oil for cooking
a small bunch of freshly chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Ingredients for seasoning
Dissolve the gram flour adding a little water at a time to make a thick batter. Stir in the turmeric powder, lemon juice, asafoetida powder, salt and red chilli powder and keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan; add in the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
Add in the finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic and sauté them until soft and translucent.
Stir in the gram flour mixture to the onions mixture. Turn the heat to low and keep stirring until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and the gram flour mixture gets a shiny texture.
Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to greased rectangular pan and spread the mixture evenly.
Cut the mixture into square or diamond shapes once the mixture cools.
Heat oil in a small pan; add in the sesame seeds and curry leaves and allow it to crackle. Pour the sesame seeds over the gram flour cake and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.