Alfalfa & Bean Sprouts Zhunka/ Zunka Stirfry

Zhunka or Zunka, is a rustic, nutritious and filling stir fry that comes from the west coast of India. A delicious mix of Gram flour (Besan) combined with finely shredded greens or, vegetables and flavoured with simple spices such as, cumin and mustard seeds with some onion and garlic. Usually eaten with gluten-free flat bread made with coarsely ground sorghum flour and a fresh salad.

I had some Alfalfa and Bean sprouts in the fridge that I’ve used for this dish. However, these can be substituted with any other finely chopped greens or Cabbage or bell peppers. My mother used to always roast the flour properly and cool it before adding into this dish to prevent a lumpy dish. I tend to roast Besan flour and keep it in a box in the fridge (this keeps for a few weeks) to thicken gravies and, in all kinds of pancakes and to make quick work of this tasty recipe on a busy weeknight.

Alfalfa & Bean Sprout Zhunka
A spicy vegan and gluten-free stirfry with the goodness of Chickpeas and vegetables.
Ingredients
  1. Gram Flour, thoroughly roasted and cooled - 1 cup
  2. Alfalfa & Bean Sprouts, shredded finely - 2 cups
  3. Oil - 2 tablespoons
  4. Onion, finely chopped - 1/2 cup
  5. Garlic Cloves, finely minced - 4 teaspoons
  6. Green Chilli, finely minced - 1 to 2, depending on desired level of heat
  7. Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  8. Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  9. Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  10. Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  11. Salt, to taste
  12. Lime Juice - 1 tablespoon
  13. Scallion, finely sliced - 2 tablespoons, optional for garnishing
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep pan and add the mustard seeds, till they pop.
  2. Toss in the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds. Cook until golden and aromatic.
  3. Add the onion and sauté until lightly golden.
  4. Mix in the minced garlic and green chili. Stir well.
  5. Toss in the sprouts and mix well with the spice mixture, cook until just wilted.
  6. Season with salt.
  7. Add tablespoonfuls of roasted Gram flour and mix well to prevent lumps from forming.
  8. Stir constantly until the Gram flour has been mixed in and looks dry.
  9. Take off the heat and sprinkle with lime juice and sliced scallion pieces, if using.
Notes
  1. Roast the gram flour in a dry pan on low heat until aromatic and golden brown. Set aside to cool while chopping the veggies and getting the rest ready.
  2. Substitute the sprouts for finely shred vegetables such as cabbage, zucchini, carrots, etc.
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2 thoughts on “Alfalfa & Bean Sprouts Zhunka/ Zunka Stirfry”

  1. Bery interesting.. we do a similar thing in south india called paruppu usili.. a bit more complex but same protein with veg concept.

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