Thursday, 29 March 2012

Jhunka - Chapati..DH’s favourite breakfast, from Karnataka


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Hi All!
Today again I’m sharing another favourite of S. This is easily the easiest way of making DH happy. He loves this preparation a lot and now me too.
When I tasted this preparation for the first time I had a major discussion with DH. When my MIL informed me that she was making Chapati-Jhunka for the breakfast, I had visualised roti and a dry besan curry, as in North and Central India chapati means the ‘basic phulka’ or ‘roti’ and Jhunka in Marathi means ‘dry besan curry’. Actually there’s always a confusion with those terms too, because in all Maharashtrian homes, Jhunka is dry besan (chickpea flour) curry and Pithala means a  thick curry with besan. But if you have ever visited a Jhunka-Bhakar Kendra in Maharashtra, they actually serve the Pithala (wet version) with Bhakari.
In all this confusion in my mind, I was extremely surprised, when the preparation was actually served to me,  as the Jhunka made was quite like the Maharashtrian Pithala (wet version and not dry) though very different in taste and Chapati was quite like the Paratha but the texture was very different. The Chapati, is much more softer and thinner than the regular Paratha. It is quite similar to ‘Ghadi chi Poli’ made in Maharashtra, though not quite the same as the layers (papudara) are not separated.
I loved the preparation to the core and it tastes best when served hot. I learnt the preparation when it was made the next time again and ever since then it frequents my kitchen. It can be served as a breakfast, lunch or dinner item. We are always eager to eat it, no matter when it’s served.
The soft Chapatis and the naturally flavoured Jhunka just compliment each other and together they play music in your mouth. It’s a preparation that anyone would love and it so happened that I sent it in S’s lunch box and the dish was liked by all. In fact  S was surprised that they had not heard of the dish and asked him how it was made..
I’m posting the recipe of Jhunka here, for understanding, how the Chapati is made, please check here in my other blog Kitchen-Basics.

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JHUNKA

Preparation Time:10mins
Cooking Time:15mins
Serves:3

Ingredients
4-5tbsp oil
1tsp mustard seeds
1tbsp mix of urad-chana daal
4heaped tbsp besan (chickpea flour)
1/4tsp turmeric pwd
4green chillies finely chopped
1”piece ginger grated
2sprigs curry leaves, finely chopped
2tbsp coriander, finely chopped
3-4tbsp sour curds
about 2glasses water
salt to taste

Method

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Heat oil and add mustard seeds, once they splutter, add the mixed daals and fry till golden in colour.
Add the green chillies, curry leaves and half the coriander, sauté.
Add the chickpea flour and turmeric and roast lightly.
Lower the flame and add curds.
Mix properly and add the water gradually, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
Keep the curry a little thin as it thickens fast on cooking and further on cooling.
Add salt to taste and remaining coriander and bring it to a boil and simmer cook for 5mins.
Serve hot with Chapati.

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32 comments:

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

This Jhunka looks like a beautiful version to the north indian 'Kadi'...
I'm on a trial for it soon. :)

Kanan said...

wow. It looks so great. Love it.

Pari said...

Dear Anjali, The Jhunka is much thicker than the kadhi and is not that sour too. Do try it and let me know.

Ambreen said...

Looks delicious, nice recipe!

Kavi said...

Wow Pari.. Love those pictures! this is a new recipe! Would love to try it out.
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Anonymous said...

looks delicious and inviting...a quick version of the kadi we make..nice recipe to try..
Anjana

Sayantani said...

this is very similar to Kadhi which I love with chawal. yummy.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow comfort recipe,luks delicious and perfect combo...

Anu said...

Jhunka looks yum. Nice step by step pictures

Prathibha said...

I like it(we call it bombai chutney) wid chapati as well as poha dosa..best combo 4 me...

faseela said...

yummy curry...superb

Indulge said...

This is absolutely lovely, My mom makes this and serves with soft bhat/rice and tup and papad.. it kind of recharges everyone after a tiring week.
Love Ash.

Priti said...

Looks yum ....long time I made this

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

luks greate new to me..nice clicks dear

Umm Mymoonah said...

All the terms which you have, junka, papudara are completely new to me, but I know one thing it definitely looks delicious.

Hema said...

Very interesting recipe, it sounds similar to kadhi, but in Indian cooking a slight change in spices brings out a different flavor..

Rasi said...

when i saw Juhunka, i thought it would be the dry version & i was surprised to see the dal.. now i know the difference.. good one.should try!

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Teena Mary said...

Wonderful recipe!! Bookmarked to try it soon!!!

maha said...

this looks so tempting n just awesome!u done it perfectly..nice.
Maha

Sree Valli said...

Very delicious Jhunka.. I had it once & loved it...

Amina Khaleel said...

Very informative post... have never heard of these... the curry looks delicious and the texture of the paratha looks fantastic... hopping to your other blog for the paratha...

Turmeric n Spice said...

I agree with you i always thought junka was a dry curry !! this is a new version !! Frankly am not that crazy about it....i really want to try this one !! like a thick kadi and i love kadi

ANU said...

wow never heard of this recipe before...sounds interesting!

Nitha said...

New to me.. But looks inviting..

Vimitha Anand said...

Yummy curry. Would be a perfect hit with chapathis

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

this jhunka is very similar to kadhi na? but i have only eaten kadhi with rice.. dint know it also goes with chapati!

easyfoodsmith said...

I love this creamy and flavourful dish! Also your step by step presentation is a great help.

Poornima Nair said...

I have actually had a lot of this when in college, miss those food stalls so much. Looks delicious!!

Rosh said...

Looks great! Absolutely new to me...gotta try it :)

Archana said...

yummy pics.

Pari said...

FOODELICIOUS
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