Monday, November 18, 2013

Shevgyachya Paanancha ZuNka/Pithale

Technically speaking, ZuNka and Pithale are not the same. At least in my family, we refer to ZuNka as the drier version of besan/chickpea flour and a vegetable combo where as Pithale has almost semi-set pudding like consistency. Shevgyacha paala or Drumsticks leaves is a rare delicacy. We use it in ZuNka as well as Pithale.
Generally, you see this tree in abundance in India. As a result, these leafy greens are not exactly considered exotic. However, at $8 per lb, they are pretty steep here. But then again, the leafy greens don't weigh that much so just a handful would be enough and one doesn't have to buy them by pound.
Shevgychya Paanancha ZuNka/Pithale
शेवग्याच्या  पानांचा  झुणका 
Drumsticks leaves with chickpea flour
1 1/2 cup drumstick leaves, rinsed, chopped
salt to taste
1 cup besan/chickpea flour
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1. Clean and roughly chop the leaves. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in an iron or nonstick kadhai.
3. Add the spices and onion. Sauté for 1 minute.
4. Add chopped leaves. Sauté till onion is soft and leaves appear to be cooked.
5. Now add salt and chili powder.
6. Mix well, Sprinkle besan/chickpea flour. Keep stirring.
7. If needed, add more oil. Keep sautéing
Variation -
1. For making pithale, whisk besan with 1 cup water and set aside.
2. Follow the steps till 5 and then add 1/4 cup water.
3. As water comes to boil, add lump free besan-water mixture.
4. Keep on stirring on a low flame till, semi-set yogurt or pudding consistency is achieved.
Drumsticks leaves/shevgyachi paane


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