Varan Bhaat Recipe - A Maharashtrian bhaat out of toor dal and boiled rice.

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Main Ingredients : Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal)(तुवर दाल/अरहर दाल), Pure ghee(देसी घी)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

Varan Bhaat

The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

For more recipes related to Varan Bhaat checkout Daily Dal , Dal Dhokli , Keoti Dal , Dal Dhokli . You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Tauk Dal, Kevati , Sprouted Hara Chana Amti, Turichi Gode Varan. Or try out these recipes from Maharashtrian Cuisine like Amsul Saar, Bombilache Humman, Kothimbir Wadi, Capsicum Kayras.

Varan Bhaat Recipe - How to make Varan Bhaat


Prep Time : 51-60 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/2 cup

  • Pure ghee 1/4 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Rice boiled3 cups


Step 1

Clean, wash and soak toor dal for half an hour in one cup of water.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

To serve press the hot boiled rice into a vati. Overturn the vati onto the serving plate.

Step 5

Pour hot varan on top of it or serve alongside and top it with a teaspoon of pure ghee.

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