Mixed Dal Varan or Mixed Split Lentils Curry

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Mixed Dal Varan or Mixed Split Lentils Curry


Varan-bhaat is a vegan, Indian food preparation involving pigeon pea split beans and rice as its main ingredients. Its other ingredients are turmeric powder, cumin seeds,asafoetida, jaggery or sugar, and salt. Varan is a staple and quite popular in Goa and Maharashtra region. It is consumed on the everyday basis as well as in fasting, religious functions, Marriages. Easy to prepare, non-spicy, require few ingredients and has a subtle taste. Very nutritious and goes well with steamed rice, pickle, and papad. In this recipe, I have used Mix dals, Tur and Moong Dal for dal or varan preparation. It tastes awesome with plain steamed rice.  

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :20 Min

Cook Time : 20 Min

Total Time : 40 Min


Serves : 6
  • 1/4 cups tur dal (medium cup)

  • 1/2 cups moong dal (medium cup)

  • 1/2 nos finely chopped onion

  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

  • 3-4 nos curry leaves

  • 2-3 nos garlic cloves crushed

  • 1-2 nos green chili slit

  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1 nos finely chopped tomato

  • 2-3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

  • 2 tbsp grated coconut

  • 1 pinch sugar (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste

  • 1/2 tbsp oil

  • 2 cups water as per your thickness preference


  • Wash and cook tur and Moong dal adding chopped onion in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  • In a wok or pan heat oil. Add mustard and cumin seeds. Let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves. Stir it. Add minced or crushed garlic, chili. Cook well.
  • Add Asafoetida, Turmeric, Tomato. Cook till tomato softens.
  • Add cooked, slightly mashed tur dal-onion mixture, salt, a small pinch of sugar. Mix well.
  • Add finely chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut. Mix well. Simmer it for 2-3 minutes. Adjust the consistency as per your requirement.
  • Serve hot with Steamed Rice.