Maharashtra Cha Varan

Varan is an authentic maharashtrian dish, its basically plain tur dal having tempered with Ghee. It contains almost all the amino acid our body needs for good skin, good hair, and the ones who moves your fat from its stores. And yes have your ghee here, the CLA – conjugated linoleic Acid – the kind of essential fat will help the fats to be used for energy and not to be stored. Bright yellow colour of turmeric not just makes the dal palatable but also removes toxins and kills germs inside the digestive tract.  Mash the rice, add dal , add extra dash of ghee and your little toothless baby will love it.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 4


Raw tur dal: 1 cup

Ghee: 1 tbsp

Turmeric: ½ tsp

Cumin seeds: ¼ tsp

Curry leaves: 4-5

Green chillies: 1 tsp chopped

Asafoetida: 1 pinch

salt: as per taste

sugar: ½ tsp optional

fresh coriander leaves: to garnish


  • Soak the dal for 10 mins and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Now just whisk the boiled dal lightly adding 1½ cup warm water. Do not fine blend. The structure of dal should be thick.
  • Add salt, sugar(optional), turmeric powder and let it simmer for 5-7 mins.
  • Now heat ghee for tempering. Add cumin seeds, when seeds start to crackle, add chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Add asafoetida and pour the tempering over dal.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

Nutritional Value:

Energy: 166 k cal

Carbs: 23 g

Protein: 9. 1 g

Fat: 3.9 g

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