Zunka Bhakri Thecha Ani Shengdana Chuney- Popular Maharahstra Staple Diet

Living in the historical city of Maharashtra, Marathi food is bound to rub on me in the right way. Marathi Cuisine is not only simple and modest, its extremely healthy too just like the people who dwell here.

Like people have roti or phulka or paratha or naan as a common bread, the bread here is made with a variety of pulses. They contain high nutrional value and are also recommended if you are following a healthy diet. Sometimes Bhakri is made with rice flour , while on many occasions, its made with Jowar flour of Bajra flour.

The most staple diet here is however the most humble Zunka Bhakri Thecha Ani Shengdana Chuney.

Many prefer Pitla over Zunka as its texture is semi liquid and you don't dry up if you don't have taak or buttermilk accompanied in your meal.

Zunka (Dry Form) or Pitla (Liquid Form) Recipe:

2 cups chickpea flour
1 big onion chopped
few green chili chopped
few curry leaves
turmeric powder
red chili powder
salt to taste
couple of tea spoon of oil
1 tsp mutard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
few coriander leaves chopped

Heat oil in a non stick wok on high.
Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds. It will start crackling.
Lower the gas flame and add cumin seeds, followed by chopped onions, curry leaves and green chilies.
Cook till onion turns brown.
At this point, add chickpea flour or besan.
Roast till you get a nice aroma.Add turmeric powder and red chili powder
Add water, whisk with an egg whisker, salt to taste
Whisk briskly till there is a uniformity in the consistency.
If you want to make Pitla, the water content will be more.
Zunka is almost semi dry.
Sprinkle coriander leaves before serving

Thecha Recipe ( Crushed Chili Chutney)

What all you see in the picture is what all you need. Coriander leaves, green chili , Coconut and garlic. Proportions depends on you. Add little salt and coarsely grind everything together. Your chutney is ready in minutes. To be honest, this is the best part of the meal which I absolutely love.

Shengdana Chutney Recipe (Crushed Peanut Garlic Chutney)

Some peanuts, dry red chili and whole garlic.
Roast with few drops of oil and grind to a coarse paste with little salt and grated coconut if available.
If mde extra, have it with rice. It goes very well with rice and lentils.

Bhakri Recipe (Bread)

Take Jowar flour, add normal flour if available. Knead a smooth dough with salt, little oil and water.
Roll using a rolling pin and cook on both sides in a hot tawa.

Finally our rustic and a complete meal is ready. Its worth every effort put to make this Maharashtrian Thali.

If you want to look for more Maharashtrian Recipe, you can find them here :

Sabudana Thalipeth
Maharashtra Masala Baingan (Bharli Vangi)
Patwadi Rassa Bhaji
Mahashtrian One Pot Rice (Masala Bhaat)
Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Bhindi
Maharashtrian Style Bitter gourd Fry


  1. That is delicious and so healthy!!! thanks for sharing this authentic and tasty dish!!
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  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying it out...
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