Clean, wash and soak toor dal for half an hour in one cup of water.
Take soaked dal, two cups of water, salt, turmeric power in a pan and put to boil. Cook till the dal is well done. Mash thoroughly.
Heat two teaspoons of pure ghee in a pan. Add asafoetida, cumin seeds. When the cumin changes colour add the tempering to the mashed dal and cover immediately.
To serve press the hot boiled rice into a vati. Overturn the vati onto the serving plate.
Pour hot varan on top of it or serve alongside and top it with a teaspoon of pure ghee.