How to make Vatlya Dalicha Zunka -

A simple side dish made with chana dal and some spices

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल), Onions (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Vatlya Dalicha Zunka

Vatlya Dalicha Zunka Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Vatlya Dalicha Zunka Recipe

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) , soaked for 3-4 hours and drained 1 1/4 cups

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Cumin seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Green chilli 1

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves , chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Roughly chop 1 onion and finely chop the other.

Step 2

Transfer the split Bengal gram into a blender jar. Add roughly chopped onion, half the cumin seeds, green chilli and ¼ cup water and grind coarsely.

Step 3

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and once they start to splutter, add the remaining cumin seeds and asafoetida and mix.

Step 4

Add finely chopped onion and sauté till golden brown. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix well.

Step 5

Add the ground mixture and mix well. Cover and cook, on low heat, for 12-15 minutes or till the gram is fully cooked. Make sure you mix at regular intervals.

Step 6

Sprinkle coriander leaves and mix well. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.

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