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varan recipe

INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ cup moong dal/split & skinned mung lentils
  • ½ cup arhar dal/spilt and skinned pigeon pea lentils
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • add 1 or 1.5 more water later (optional)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 5-6 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp crushed cumin or cumin powder/jeera powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut - ground with little water
  • salt as required


  1. pick, rinse the lentils couple of times in water.
  2. pressure cook the lentils till they soft.
  3. mash them with a spoon or ladle.
  4. add coconut paste to the cooked lentils and mix well.
  5. then add cumin powder, turmeric powder & curry leaves and salt.
  6. mix again.
  7. add water to thin the dal if required.
  8. keep the dal on the stove and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  9. serve varan bhaat with steamed rice and some ghee.


instead of combination of moong or arhar dal, you can also add 1 cup of arhar or moong dal instead.