Oct 10, 2011

Varan / Maharashtrian Dal

I love to eat non vegetarian dishes,but most of the time it will be vegetarian...Do you know that you can go more adventurous with vegetarian dishes than any other food..

Specially with dals..You could make it in hundred ways..The dals which you use are same but the taste differs with the ingrediants you put in..

This recipe comes straight from maharastra and it is so simple to make..So here you go for the step by step recipe with pictures..


Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu / Split Pigeon Peas  – 1 cup
Onion-1 chopped
Tomato-1 large chopped
Garlic-6 cloves chopped
Ginger-1 inch piece chopped
Green chilli-3 chopped
Cumin seeds / Jeerakam-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds / Vendayam- ½ tsp
Curry leaves-1 spring
Oil-1 tblspn
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing


Wash dal in lots of water and soak it for 30 mins..Take that in pressure cooker and add 3 cups of water..Cook for 2 whistles and simmer for 10 mins...Let the pressure go all by itself..Set aside for a moment.

Heat oil in a kadai..Add in cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds.

Add in Ginger and Garlic..Fry this for 1 min.

Add in green chilli and curry leaves..fry for 1 min.

Now add in onions and hing and cook till for 5 mins..

Throw in the tomato and mix well..Cook for 3 mins or until the tomatoes turn mushy.

Pour in dal and mix well...Add in required amount of water..Bring this to boil and simmer for 5 mins.

Season with salt and sugar and mix well.Squeeze in some lemon juice.

Garnish with cilantro.Serve hot with rice and any subzi.


Take all your ingrediants
heat oil and crackle in cumin and fenugreek
add in ginger
and garlic

add in chillies
and some curry leaves
throw in curry leaves
add in hing
and tomatoes
cook till the tomatoes are mushy
Pour in dal
Season with salt
and sugar
squeeze some lemon juice
and garnish with cilantro
Perfect company with rice..


  1. love dal and potato fry with rice...lovely combo

  2. That looks tempting, very much my preparation with the exception of adding curry leaves.

  3. Chefwannabe directed me to your blog. So far I LOVE your recipes. Thanks!

  4. Traditionally Varan means only cooked dal with little haldi and hing added to it while cooking.. what you've made is Ambat varan or phodiniche varan. We eat the plain varan with steaming rice, ghee salt and limbu/lemon juice.. it is our ultimate comfort food when under weather or after a tired day.
    Love Ash.

  5. When you use pressure cooker to cook, how do you simmer without it whistling?

  6. When you use pressure cooker to cook, how do you simmer without it whistling?

  7. When you use pressure cooker to cook, how do you simmer without it whistling?

  8. @Kavitha ChandgrasenIt will whistle as you simmer..But no issues in that..Just cook it on simmer.

  9. Love your dishes.... Tried some and came out really well!!!!!!


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