Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cabbage Zunka

Or Kobhi Zunka or Gobhi Zunka. Said to be a Maharashtrian dish.  If you like curries with the addition of gram flour, this one is definitely for you.  And to think that you can make a totally different curry out of cabbage is really nice.  V said in some ways it tasted like the South Indian Parupu Thogayal sorry Usli,  but that is more work and made with red gram dal, and requires grinding and steaming.  This is much simpler. Got the recipe at Vegetable Platter.  I also found that it can be made with spring onions and methi leaves. Oh, that would be yum too.  But for now, presenting the Kobhi Zunka


Cabbage - 1 cup - finely shredded
Gram flour - Besan - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 large - chopped ( should be finer that what appears in the pic above )
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Asafoetida - large pinch
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

First prepare the gram flour - In a pan, dry roast it till it changes colour slightly and you get the aroma of roasted flour - do it on a low flame, and you will know when to remove the flour. Just do not leave it unattended.

Prepare the cabbage - Nice tip from Vegetable Platter - Put a little water and put in the microwave for about 2 minutes. This will just about cook the cabbage and yet not make it soggy.  Drain any excess water and keep

Take a pan.  Heat oil
Add mustard allow to splutter and add the cumin seeds
Now add the asafoetida.
Followed by the chopped onion.  sauté till the onions become transparent.
Add the cabbage.  Sauté
Now the roasted gram flour.  
At this stage the flour might turn slightly lumpy since it absorbs moisture from the curry.  The trick is to powder the lumps with constant mixing. 
Add salt and chilie powder.
Keep till the gram flour is cooked totally.  The curry will be dry. You may need to add a bit of oil here to get it done

I also took the curry at this stage and put it in a microwave safe bowl and put it back in the MW for a couple of minutes, just to ensure that the flour is not raw.  


Make sure your cabbage is only just cooked.
The gram flour roasted well at the beginning and ensure all raw flavour is totally absent by the time the dish is ready for serving.


  1. loved this simple and delicious stir fry..

  2. This dish is new to me ... usually I add whole bengal gram and not the flour.. This looks yummy..:)
    Thanks for sharing dear..

  3. This one really tastes good! One of my favorites!

  4. simple and yummy, i love this
    i am feeling hungry.....

  5. Ok this is Zunka, because, I made something similar and called it paruppu usili and many told me the it is zunka. I had no clue.Thanks for sharing.

  6. A delicious recipe with Cabbage!! And nice tips too!!

  7. Something new to me,looks delicious!
    Happy Mother's day to u too!

  8. Delicious, I made with capsicum. I need to try with cabbage.

  9. Looks so, so awesome, have never tried this curry with cabbage..

  10. I am sure this would be a flavourful and delicious side dish.

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  12. I tried zunka with bhindi,cabbage zunka sounds extremely interesting and healthy.

  13. Thanks everyone. Will try with spring onions and methi too and let you know the results.

    @Priya - I guess you need to fry the bhendi first?

    @Srimathi - yes, that is also the reaction I got at home - Parupu Usli? No - Zunka - sounds fancy too.

  14. am first time to your space radha. thanks for the nice words on my blog.

    the zunka reminds me of mumbai when my mother would make zunka often. i would relish it with soft chapatis or the bhakris. liked that you have added cabbage to the zunka and made it more delicious plus healthy.


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