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Varan Bhaat Recipe

Mithra cse
20 minutes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Varan Bhaat Recipe RECIPE

Homemade Varan Bhaat Recipe - Enjoy this very very simple yet very flavourful festival recipe. Varan Bhaat is a famous Maharashtrian dish of steaming hot rice topped with ghee and lentil curry. The toovar dal is prepared in a simple and homely manner that will appeal to everybody.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. 1 cup arhar al
  2. 2 1/2 cup water
  3. 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  4. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  5. salt to taste
  6. For Tempering: 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  7. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  8. a pinch of Asafetida optional
  9. 2-3 cloves garlic
  10. 1 slit green chili
  11. 10-12 Curry Leaves
  12. 1 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped for garnish)
  13. 1/2 tbsp ghee


  1. Rinse the lentils well in water.
  2. Pressure cook the lentils with tomatoes and turmeric powder for 7-8 whistles on medium to high flame.
  3. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and mash the dal with a wired whisk or wooden spoon.
  4. Add 1 cup water plus salt.
  5. Keep on simmer till you get the desired consistency, which is neither thick nor thin.
  6. Turn off the stove and keep covered. Heat ghee in a pan.
  7. Pop the mustard seeds first. Then add the cumin and crackle them.
  8. Add the asafetida, curry leaves, garlic and green chilies.
  9. Fry till the garlic gets light browned and the curry leaves become crisp.
  10. Pour the whole tempering in the dal.
  11. Cover and let the tempering flavors infuse with the dal for about 5-6 minutes.
  12. Garnish with coriander leaves or stir in the coriander leaves.
  13. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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