Varan Bhaat – Gudi Padva Speciality
Varan Bhaat is Maharashtrian Arhar Dal Chawal recipe as Varan means Dal and Bhaat means Chawal in Marathi.
It is offered as a bhog or naivedh to Lord Ganesha along with Batata Bhaji and Sweets. This is a simple yet delicious dal with a hint of coconut and jaggery.
This Varan tastes excellent with rice (Bhaat). Made with Tuvar dal, it gets its additional flavor and aroma from the ghee that’s added right before serving.
Ingredients for Varan
1) 1 cup Tuvar dal
2) Turmeric Powder
3) 2 Cups Water for boiling
4) 1 tsp Jaggery
7) 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
8) 2 tbsp grated fresh coconut
9) Pinch of asafoetida
10) Ghee for serving
Method for Varan:
Wash the dal and soak in enough water for 30 minutes.
Drain the water.
In a pressure cooker cook the dal with turmeric powder in 2 cups of water for 3 to 4 whistles on medium heat.
Once the pressure cooker settles down on its own, add enough water is needed and mash the dal.
Put the dal on simmer, add jaggery, salt and let it cook for 5 minutes.
Grind grated fresh coconut and cumin seeds in a mixer grinder and make a fine paste.
Add this paste and pinch of asafoetida to dal and mix well.
Cook for few minutes.
Varan is ready to serve with rice.