How to make Varan Phal - SK Khazana -

This Maharashtrian version of the popular Gujarati dal dhokli is just as wholesome and delicious

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Toor dal (तुवर दाल), Whole wheat flour

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

For more recipes related to Varan Phal - SK Khazana checkout Keoti Dal, Dal Dhokli, Mysuru Rasam, Panchvarna Rasam . You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Poondu Rasam Theeyal Rajasthani Panchmel Dal - SK Khazana Kachche Aam ki Kadhi

Varan Phal - SK Khazana

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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. 

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Varan Phal - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Toor dal 1 cup

  • Whole wheat flour dough made with alittle oil and salt 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ghee 2-3 tables

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds 1/4 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 15-20

  • Green chillies slit 2-3

  • Garlic finely chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Goda masala 2 tablespoons

  • Tamarind pulp 1 tablespoon

  • Jaggery chopped 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Coriander leaves freshly chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coriander sprig for garnish

  • Fried papads to serve

  • Onion rings to serve

  • Lemon wedges to serve


Step 1

Take toor dal in a large bowl, wash it well and drain. Add sufficient water and soak for 30-45 minutes. Pressure cook with turmeric powder and ¼ tsp asafoetida till 4-5 whistles are released.

Step 2

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, remaining asafoetida and garlic, mix and sauté till garlic turns golden brown.

Step 3

Add the cooked dal and mix well. Add goda masala, tamarind pulp, jaggery and salt and mix till well combined.

Step 4

Add 2-2½ cups water and mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat till the mixture comes to a boil.

Step 5

Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into balls. Apply a little ghee on the worktop, keep a dough ball on it and roll out into a thin roti.

Step 6

Cut the roti into diamond shape or any desired shape with a pizza cutter or a knife. Add these pieces to the boiling dal and mix well.

Step 7

Add coriander leaves and mix. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes or till the phal are cooked completely.

Step 9

Transfer into a serving bowl, drizzle a little ghee and garnish with coriander sprig. Serve hot with fried papads, onion rings and lemon wedges.

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