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Varan Bhaat

Varan Bhaat is a delicious preparation in which curry made with toor dal and coconut is served with steamed rice. This is a pure veg, no onion no garlic preparation, normally made for festive days.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian, Maharashtrian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Raksha Kamat


  • Pressure cooker
  • Mixer grinder
  • Kadai / wok / saucepan


  • 4 tablespoon toor dal
  • 1 green chili
  • 6 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

For Tempering:

  • 2 tablespoon clarified butter / Desi ghee / oil
  • Pinch Of Asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds


  • Pressure cook the toor dal and green chili together by adding 1 cup water.
  • Grind grated coconut, turmeric powder and cumin seeds by adding 1 cup water into a thin gravy.
  • In another kadai/wok, add clarified butter(or oil) and when it heats add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  • After the cumin seeds flutter, add the ground gravy and pressure cooked dal.
  • Add salt to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.


Serve with hot steamed rice.
Some people add curry leaves while tempering. This is optional.
Instead of desi ghee oil can be used to make the recipe vegan.